Cheval Noir 2012 Wine Review
Bordeaux AOC, France
Community Reviews: 12
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 87/100
This value-priced Merlot comes from the heart of the Bordeaux region. It's savoury with aromas of tart blackcurrant and cassis. The Mahler-Besse family has been producing wines here since 1895. The name derives from a powerful black horse that worked in the vineyards in the 19th century. Firm tannic grip on the palate so decant for 1-2 hours. Pair with grilled pork chops.
This Cheval Noir 2012 was reviewed on September 2, 2014 by Natalie MacLean
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|Kristin Perrin rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:|
Black currant, plum, cigar box, cedar-spice on the nose
All confirmed on the palate, medium bodied, soft tannin and acidity.
|Alice Kubicek rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:|
Deep and bright ruby colour with a Bordeaux nose of cassis, cedar and eucalyptus. A mouthfeel of light fruits and dry tannins with a medium acidity that lasts and finishes on cherry notes. The subtle merlot flavours are overwhelmed by tannin but emerge with the finish. A bargain at the price, certainly a wine to purchase and pay down for another 5 - 8 years and to enjoy with rich sauces and meats.
|Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
Deep ruby colour. Aromas of currant, blackberries, cherry and cassis. Similar fllavours come through on the palate, along with some spicy notes. Smooth and easy drinking with some light tannins, would be a nice complement to a roast.
|Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
Blueberry, cedar, plum, and spice notes in the aroma. The flavour is spicy, with a touch of strawberry in addition to the plums in the nose. There's a little bit of firm tannins. Overall, a very solid glass of wine that would pair well with medium cheeses.
|Terry Jeans - Certified S rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
Medium ruby with purplish hues. Plum, blueberry, spice and alcohol on the nose. The flavours are rich red/black fruit with hint of spice, medium acidity and medium tannins. A nice Bordeaux Merlot for the price.
|Julia Kelada rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
On the nose subtle well rounded fruits, black cherries, black berries, raspberries, wood and toasted notes.
On the palate cherries, wild fruit of black berries, an earthiness opens up in this wine, bramble bushes, crab apple jelly, tobacco leaves. Subtle spice right at the very end of this wine. delicious well rounded tannins, good lengthy finish.
Fantastic wine with a good cheese platter, or even a designer pizza or tomato dish
|Courtney Flood rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:|
Aromas of plum, cranberry, smoke and green herb with a tart, mouthwatering palate. Medium-full bodied, would go well with a charcuterie platter.
|Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:|
Sweet cherry, underbrush, leather and alcohol on the nose. Palate offers lean red fruit, with a tart cherry finish. Medium intensity tannins. This wine would complement lamb dishes. Tasted October 2014. 87 points. Matt Steeves @QuercusVino
|Sean O'Regan - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:|
Oct 5, 2014: Medium ruby, sweet nose of red berry, cherry, confectioners sugar, slight green pepper note along with light baking spice.Medium body, lean fruit of red currant and cherry, mineral and some toasted wood with good acidity and somewhat gritty tannins. This will be best at the table with hard cheeses or beef dishes.
|Community Reviewer reviewed this wine as follows:|
The wine has a fine, complex nose combining ripe red fruits with notes of grilled toast and spices. In the mouth it s rich, structured and powerful, perfectly balanced between fruit and tannins with a long finish.
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