This vintage is already complex, and features an impressive range of aromas and flavors from the very first. Aromas of astonishing red fruit like raspberry and cherry, black fruit like blackcurrant jam and blueberry, and delicate floral nuances of rose and violet. Fresh notes of mint and eucalyptus, graphite and chalk round out the vivacious aromatic profile. The wine is tremendously pure, the oak is integrated, giving finesse but not overt oak notes – the sign of a great vintage. 2012 Cheval Blanc starts out straightforward and powerful on the palate. The middle palate is concentrated, with firm tannin that is nevertheless incomparably rich. The elegant texture is accompanied by fresh, complex flavors. The wine’s incredible length is both rich and delicate. In fact, the wine seems to rise in intensity and then recede imperceptibly and seamlessly. 2012 Cheval Blanc is polished, complex, and delicious with impressive length.