Chateau Cheval Blanc

Chateau Cheval Blanc

Der Wein von Cheval Blanc wird als einer der exotischsten und zugleich profundesten Bordeaux-Weine angesehen. Er ist gekennzeichnet von einer eleganten Zurückhaltung, bei voller Präsenz aller Elemente hervorragenden Rotweines, Fruchtaromen, Tannine, Textur, langer Nachhall, Ausgewogenheit. Er wird daher auch in allgemein schwächeren Jahrgängen hoch eingeschätzt und regelmäßig weit über Durchschnitt bewertet. Die besten Weine wurden von Robert Parker wie folgt bewertet: 2005 (Weinbewertung: 96 PP), 2000 (100 PP), 1998 (98+ PP), 1990 (98PP), 1982 (92 PP), 1964 (96 PP). Eine Sonderstellung genießt der Wein von 1947. Vorausgesetzt, er stammt aus guter Abfüllung und wurde einwandfrei gelagert, wird er als Ikone des Rotweines aus Bordeaux eingeschätzt und extrem hoch gehandelt. Aktuelle Auktionspreise liegen im Bereich von 2500 bis 3000 Euro für die Normalflasche. Es sind jedoch eine Vielzahl von schlechten Abfüllungen und auch gefälschte Neubefüllungen dieses Ultra-Weines im Markt bekanntgeworden. Das Château befindet sich im äußersten Nordwesten des Gebietes der Appellation von Saint-Émilion, in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft zur Gemeinde Pomerol. Der 37 Hektar große Weinberg profitiert von einer geologischen Besonderheit: Er liegt auf bis zu sieben Meter dicken Kiesablagerungen, die der Fluss Isle in der Günz-Eiszeit aus dem Zentralmassiv herangeführt hat. Château Cheval Blanc teilt sich die Kuppe mit den benachbarten Châteaux La Tour-Figeac, Figeac und La Dominique. Château Cheval Blanc- Jahrgang 1981 Der vom übrigen Saint-Émilion gänzlich verschiedene Bodentyp hat auch eine andere Rebsortenwahl zur Folge. Der Kiesboden eignet sich hervorragend für den Anbau von Cabernet Franc, auf den insgesamt 58 % der Rebfläche entfällt; die restlichen 42 % entfallen auf den in Saint-Émilion allgegenwärtigen Merlot. Das Durchschnittsalter der Reben liegt bei rund 40 Jahre.

 


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Bewertung Jahrgang 1982 Robert Parker 96 von 100 Punkten WS 96 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

I thought the 1990 Cheval Blanc was the greatest Cheval Blanc following 1982 and before 2000. In a half dozen recent side-by-side comparisons, it was literally no contest, with the 1990 simply beating up on a great, but less dimensional and seemingly less concentrated 1982. But great wine is never that predictable, and I always say, "Thank God for the mysteries and things we can never quite figure out." The 1982 Cheval Blanc, which I thought was a 100-point wine in its first 5-6 years of life before it entered an awkward, adolescent stage - seemingly never to rebound and live up to my high hopes, was in full majestic glory on the gorgeous night in Washington, DC. Absolutely perfect, it had people shaking their heads with its glorious perfume, complexity, richness, opulence, and decadence. Of course, in 1982 there was no selection made and no second wine at Cheval Blanc, which may give readers an idea of how extraordinary more recent vintages could be - assuming the raw materials were as magical as they were in 1982.

  Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, June 2006

This was consistanly a perfect wine early in its life, but it seems to be going through a stage where the tannins are more present, and the extraordinarily exotic opulence the wine had young, while still present, is not now as dominant a characteristic. Nevertheless, there is plenty to admire in this full-bodied, very lush Cheval Blanc that has reached full maturity. Sweet notes of red and black fruits intermixeed with licorice, spice box, and incense jump from the glass. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered, and very rich. It seems to develop interesting nuances the more it sits in the glass, and then suddenly takes a dive. A very fascinating Cheval Blanc, and certainly the greatest Cheval Blanc after the 1964 and before the 1990. Anticipated maturity: now-2016. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Revealing considerable amber in its dark plum/garnet colour, this intensely fragrant 1982 is somewhat of a paradox in that the front end suggests full maturity, but the mid-palate, finish, and overall texture denote a closed wine. A gorgeously sweet entry displays flavours of caramel, roasted coffee, jammy red and black fruits, coconut, and smoke. It is fat and full-bodied, with considerable tannin, structure, and muscle in the finish. Flamboyantly rich and precocious early in life, it is going through an awkward stage where the tannin is present, but it is also sexy, juicy, and formidably-structured. When the 1982 Cheval Blanc's component parts become totally in sync, it will be capable of meriting a three-digit rating. Anticipated maturity: now(?) - 2015.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (129), June 2000

 

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

More of a cloud than a spear in its impact on the palate (cf the 'spear' of 1990). Very intense and looks quite a bit older than the 1990 but clearly a very good vintage. Extremely rich on the nose. The acidity was initially quite obvious on the palate but the fruit blossomed in the glass so that it became less marked. A drier finish than the 1990. Less opulent. Drink 1996-2012.Date tasted 31st Oct 08.

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2008

 

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1983 Robert Parker 95 von 100 Punkten WS 96 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

95

"A classic example of Cheval Blanc's style, the 1983 continues to put on weight and develop favorably in the bottle. A saturated dark ruby color with some faint lightening at the edges exhibits less age than most right bank 1983s. The huge nose of mint, jammy black fruits, chocolate, and coffee is sensational, as well as surprisingly well-developed. The wine offers lusty, rich, unctuous fruit presented in a medium to full-bodied, low acid, concentrated, rather hedonistic style. There are no hard edges to be found, but there is plenty of tannin in the lush finish. Gorgeous for drinking now, this is a great Cheval Blanc that should continue to drink well, and possibly improve for another 20 years. The 1983 is far superior to anything Cheval Blanc has subsequently produced. It remains somewhat undervalued for its quality. Last tasted 12/97"

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1984 Robert Parker 85 von 100 Punkten WS keine Bewertung, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1985 Robert Parker 93 von 100 Punkten WS 92 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

1er Grand Cru Classe A. 60% Cabernet Franc, 37% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1985 was an opulent style due to the driest September on record. The heat continued on into October resulting in high sugar levels in the merlot. Not quite up to the 1982 but a bargain vintage .

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1986 Robert Parker 92 von 100 Punkten WS 89 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

   

At one time I thought the 1986 was better than the 1985, but the open-knit charm and currant exotic personality fo the 1985 makes a more persuasive case for it than for the more reserved, tannic, and backward 1986. The 1986 still has a youthful dark ruby saturated color with no amber at the edge. The wine possesses a developing bouquet that offers up weedy tobacco, juxtaposed with sweet black berry, raspberry, and cherry fruit. The new oak that was so obvious in the wine's youth has moved to the background, offering more of a cedary character than raw wood. Medium to full-bodied, and moderately tannic, this is a delineated Cheval Blanc with more of a Medoc personality than typical St.-Emilion opulence. The wine is rich, intense, and well-made, but still requiring a few more years of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2012 Last tasted 12/97

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

The 1986's bouquet jumps from the glass, with a combination of exotic, herbaceous, curranty scents intermingled with sweet, vanilla-scented new oak. The wine is splendidly rich, lush, forward, and evolved for a 1986. I enjoy it already and suspect it will put on more weight and reveal even more structure as it evolves. Anticipated maturity: Now-2008. Last tasted, 6/93.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (88), August 1993

Tasted at the château, the 1986 Cheval Blanc has a far superior bouquet to the 1996 Cheval Blanc when I tasted them side by side. The aromatics here are far more cohesive and complex, very delineated with expressive Cabernet Franc, hints of cooked meat, cranberry, juniper berries and wilted rose petals - just gorgeous. The palate is beautifully balanced with slightly furry tannin that is offset by a superb seam of acidity. It is nicely structured but not overbearing, leather and truffle filtering through the black fruit and while there is a little austerity on the finish, it is purely complementary. Though 1986 is not known as a Right Bank vintage, the 1986 Cheval Blanc pulled victory out of the bag and at 30 years, it continues to give immense pleasure. Tasted July 2016.

Score: 93 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (228), December 2016
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1987 Robert Parker 85 von 100 Punkten WS 82 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1988 Robert Parker 88 von 100 Punkten WS 92 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

A very healthy dark ruby color with only a slight lightening at the edge, this wine shows sweet earth notes intermixed with ripe berry fruit, cassis, licorice, and leather. The wine is spicy and medium bodied, with a moderately tannic finish that is not likely to fully age out. Anticipated maturity: now-2014. Last tasted, 12/02.

Score: 88 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1989 Robert Parker 89 von 100 Punkten WS 91 von 100 Punkte

Somewhat of a disappointment in a sometimes great yet variable vintage, the color a dark ruby with amber at the edge, this wine shows sweet plum, fig, and currant notes, along with some herbs and earth. In the mouth, it is surprisingly lightweight for a wine with superior year, medium bodied, relatively lush, but an essentially one-dimensional wine with a spicy, surprisingly short finish. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Last tasted, 12/02.

Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 89 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

A bottle courtesy of the generosity of "Big Steve", this compensated for the odd Scandinavian-bottled '62 Cheval! A decadent, ravishing nose of blackberry, dark Valrona chocolate, mocha and brown sugar with brilliant delineation. The palate is full-bodied, very savoury with that Cabernet Franc in full flow. Fine, firm tannins, superb depth, a real mouthful of Cheval Blanc with a touch of plum and yes, "Bovril" on the aftertaste. Drinking superbly now, but it has a few more years ahead of it yet. Tasted February 2008.

Score: 96 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, May 2008

Good color. Tanned leather, earth and ripe fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with herbs and berries. Slight dilution in the center palate.Outstanding, but not a classic Cheval.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.

Score: 91 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, June 2001

Almost a burnt rusty look to this deep brick wine with an aged rim. Looks much younger than the 1983 though. Quite a light nose but classic Cabernet Franc aromas with a bit of dried dusty fruit underneath. The alcohol is a little obvious on the finish - not a complete wine though pretty showy in terms of ripeness. Drink 1997-2010. Date tasted 10th Dec 07.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2007

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1990 Robert Parker 98+ von 100 Punkten WS 95 von 100 Punkten,Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, September 2014

One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

Fully mature, revealing some amber at the edge as well as an explosive nose of cedar, spice box, dried herbs, and sweet plums, figs, and blackberries, the 1990 Cheval Blanc is pure silk.

  Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, November 2005

This wine has overtaken its closest rival, the 1982. Dense ruby purple with only a bit of lightening at the edge, the explosive nose of black fruits and cassis intermixed with coffee, menthol, and leather is followed by an opulent, splendidly concentrated wine that is sheer nectar. With no hard edges, gorgeously integrated glycerin, tannin, acidity, and alcohol are all present in this seamless classic. The wine has been gorgeous since youth, but is now revealing more aromatic and flavour nuances into the game. This is spectacular stuff! Anticipated maturity: now-2015. Last tasted, 12/02.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

After entering what seemed like a slight dip, the 1990 Cheval Bland is rapidly assuming the mantle of that era's greatest wine from the hands of the 1982. Here it's just on fire, racing out of the blocks with its hedonistic bouquet of macerated dark cherries, sloes, game and iodine all beautifully defined and indeed, reminding me of the 1982 around the later nineties. The palate is velvet smooth, the acidity cutting through the swathe of lush black and red fruit, the merlot more expressive at this precise moment. Showy and yet refined, there is a completeness to this wine that is irresistible. Tasted February 2014.

Score: 98 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014

Luscious, round. Rich as a mug of celestial milk chocolate. Extremely rich - could it be a 1990? (The wines were served blind.) But it's also ethereal and vibrant with some hints of fresh tea leaves on the nose (Cheval?). Wonderful layers and length. Drink 1997-2016. Date tasted 31st Oct 08.

Score: 20 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2008

 

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1992 Robert Parker 87 von 100 Punkten WS 87 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

Score: 87 Points

A light-bodied, shallow wine for this great estate, the 1992 Cheval Blanc displays a vanillin-dominated nose with berry, jammy, herb, and coffee notes. There is not much depth, body, or length. Drink it over the next 4-5 years as the hard tannin in the finish suggests that this wine will dry out quickly. *** Note: No 1991 was produced under the Cheval Blanc label. * The 1992 will remind long-time readers of the light, soft, shallow 1973. Although there are some attractive berry, jammy, herb, and coffee notes in the nose, there is not much depth, body, or length. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Score: 87

Vineyard

Surface area: 100 acres

Grape Varieties: 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec

Average age of vines: 39 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 - 7,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 35 - 40 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1993 Robert Parker 87 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten, Der angebotene Wein enthält Sulfite

Score: 87 Points

A light-bodied, shallow wine for this great estate, the 1992 Cheval Blanc displays a vanillin-dominated nose with berry, jammy, herb, and coffee notes. There is not much depth, body, or length. Drink it over the next 4-5 years as the hard tannin in the finish suggests that this wine will dry out quickly. *** Note: No 1991 was produced under the Cheval Blanc label. * The 1992 will remind long-time readers of the light, soft, shallow 1973. Although there are some attractive berry, jammy, herb, and coffee notes in the nose, there is not much depth, body, or length. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.

Score: 87

Vineyard

Surface area: 100 acres

Grape Varieties: 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec

Average age of vines: 39 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 - 7,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 35 - 40 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1994: Robert Parker 88 von 100 Punkten, WS 88 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

Score: 88 Points

Dark ruby/purple-colored, with a complex, spicy, tobacco, vanilla, blackcurrant, mineral, and floral-scented nose, the 1994 is a bigger, more structured wine than the 1993, its older sibling, but is it better? The wine finishes with mouthsearing tannin, which detracts from the otherwise impressive aromatics and sweet, medium-bodied, lush attack. As I have written many times in the past, Cheval Blanc has a tendency to fatten up, put on weight, and expand both aromatically and texturally with age, so perhaps this wine will move in that direction. If it does, my rating will appear unduly conservative. But if the tannin continues to taste astringent and the fruit begins to fade, then I will have overrated the 1994. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2017.

Score: 88

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Bewertung Jahrgang 1995 Robert Parker 92 von 100 Punkten WS 93 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

A pretty, attractive Cheval Blanc, the 1995 contains a higher percentage of Merlot in the final blend than usual (50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc). This wine has not developed as much fat or weight as its younger sibling, the 1996, but it appears to be an outstanding Cheval Blanc with an enthralling smoky, black currant, coffee, and exotic bouquet. Complex,rich, medium to full-bodied flavors are well-endowed and pure, with surprisingly firm tannin in the finish. Unlike the sweeter, riper 1996, the 1995 may be more structured and potencially longer-lived.

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (115), February 1998

Tasted at Cheval Blanc dinner at The Ledbury. This is an outrageously decadent Cheval Blanc. The nose is layer upon layer of ebullient, red-berried fruit: raspberries, crushed strawberries, lavish creamy new oak and a touch of vanilla pod. I would describe it as ""slutty"" in the hands of a lesser estate. The palate is full-bodied with plush red-berried fruit, at the moment firmly under the governance of the Merlot with a sexy, lascivious finish. The word that comes to mind is: orgiastic. I wonder if it will obtain the breeding of the '85? Tasted November 2010.

Score: 95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, September 2011
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1996 Robert Parker 91 von 100 Punkten WS 90 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

Wine Spectator
Noté 91/100 le 28/04/2011

Medium ruby, with a garnet edge. Aromas of plum and fresh herbs, such as basil, that turn to cedar and cigar box. Full-bodied, with soft, silky tannins. Long and flavorful, with subtle chocolate, berry and light coffee aftertaste. Gorgeous.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2007. -JS
Jancis Robinson
Noté 18/20 le 10/12/2007 , à boire à partir de 2008 et avant 2022

Very classic vintage, with 55-60% Cabernet Franc - a Cabernet Franc year. 1996 is a left bank year whereas 1995 was a right bank year.Mid crimson with minimal ageing at the rim. Looks quite thick and rich to judge from the viscosity. Much more obviously Cheval on the nose than the 1999. Intense and lovely fragrance and good potential for development. Very successful bridge between ancient and modern styles. This looked exceptionally good on the day. This was the surprise of this tasting - the best bottle to date.
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1997 Robert Parker 89 von 100 Punkten WS 88 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

A seductive, fragrant style of Cheval Blanc, with moderate density and weight, this immediately appealing 1997 exhibits an exotic nose of coconut, plums, cherry liqueur, and sweet, toasty oak. The wine's alluring personality is accompanied by fine suppleness, low acidity, medium body, and current drinkability. Consume it over the next 7-9 years.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #128 April 2000

87

This is more expressive on the nose than Ausone '97 with sweet red-berried fruit: wild strawberry, orange peel and just a faint hint of brown sugar. Full-bodied n the palate with firm structure, very Merlot-driven and lacking the Cabernet Franc to lend it an additional dimension. Attractive, but a pale imitation of a great Cheval Blanc. Would be dwarfed by the ensuing vintage! Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2006.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal Jul 2008

89

 
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Bewertung Jahrgang 1998 Robert Parker 93 von 100 Punkten WS 98 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

Our special guest for the night was administrator Pierre Lurton, and one of his favorite vintages under his impeccable guidance at Cheval Blanc is the 1998, a wine that has gone from strength to strength. I rated it in the mid- to upper-90s early on, but it seems to have hit the magical three-digit perfection. It offers extraordinary, exuberant aromatics ranging from truffle to forest floor to floral notes intermixed with blackcurrant and black raspberry. It is an incredibly complex, full-bodied, opulent wine that seems to be in mid-adolescence and capable of lasting another 25 to 30 years. The 1998 was a spectacular vintage in Pomerol and Saint-Émilion, and to a lesser extent in Graves, and all three of those appellations eclipsed anything that was made in the Médoc.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, March 2017

I seriously underestimated this wine, as I have often tended to do with Cheval Blanc. A potentially immortal example that has gained significant weight since it has been bottled, this blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot has a saturated purple color and a glorious nose of menthol, plums, mulberries, new saddle leather, cocoa, and vanilla. Remarkably fuller bodied than I ever remembered it young, with an amazingly seamless texture and tremendous concentration and extract, this full-bodied yet gorgeously pure and elegant wine is impeccably balanced and certainly one of the all-time great Cheval Blancs. If it continues to improve as much as it has over the last three years since bottling, this wine will certainly rival the 2000, 1990, and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, The World's Greatest Wine Estates, November 2005

 

Score: 96+ Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 95 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (Dec 2001), December 2001

This blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as classic aromas of menthol, plums, mulberries, and assorted black fruits. The oak, texture, acidity, and tannin are all beautifully integrated. While full-bodied, elegant, concentrated, and impeccably balanced, it requires several years of cellaring.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

This offering is just beginning to put on more weight and reveal the multiple dimensions that Cheval Blanc can achieve. An extremely difficult wine to judge young because of the high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend, the dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 possesses medium body, and a gorgeously sweet nose of black fruits, flowers, minerals, and toast. Rich and expansive, with a silky texture, a sexy, exotic personality, and an elegant, stylish, creamy-textured finish, it is weightier, thicker, and richer than when tasted in spring, 1999. If it continues to develop, the above score will appear stingy. I like the direction of this wine's evolution. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020.

Score: 91/92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Cheval Blanc harvested its Merlot in mid to late September, and the Cabernet Franc after the rains of September 27 and 28. Yields were a modest 32 hectoliters per hectare, and approximately 72% of the production went into the grand vin. The 1998's final blend was 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc. A beautifully made Cheval, it may be the finest effort since 1990, although it does not possess that vintage's over-ripeness and opulence. Nevertheless, it is an impressive, sweet, distinctive wine with a deep dark ruby/purple color, and aromas of blackberry liqueur, vanillin, coconut, and a touch of coffee. The 1998 is elegant and sweet, with surprisingly good fatness, medium body, and well-integrated, velvety tannin. This wine can be difficult to taste young (because of the high percentage of Cabernet Franc), and often puts on considerable weight, meriting an even higher score after several years. That being said, the 1998 performed extremely well for such a young Cheval Blanc. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2016.

Score: 90/93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (122), April 1999

On this occasion, the 1998 Château Cheval Blanc could not match the stellar performance of the 1990, though it is still a great wine. It has a very pure, svelte bouquet with black cherries, camphor, creme de cassis and sage aromas. Giving it ten minutes to open in the glass, there is an attractive mint note that becomes ever more pronounced. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins cloaked in glossy red cherry and strawberry fruit. There is great backbone and structure to this Cheval Blanc with a very long finish that fans out gloriously. I'd be inclined to give it two, three, maybe even four more years in bottle before it reaches its peak. Drink: 2019 - 2045.

Score: 95+ Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (225), July 2016

An ex-château bottle, I have enjoyed the Cheval Blanc '98 on a number of occasions, though in the company of the 2000 I think it does not quite have the same class. It has a lifted perfumed bouquet that has an almost Northern Rhône-like allure. It is high-toned compared to the millennial wine, without quite the same delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with good length. Lively and focused, more ostentatious than either the 1990 and 2000, there is a slight Californian element to this wine. With fine symmetry towards the finish, one can see it ageing for another two decade without problem, though it needs to muster a little more soul. Tasted February 2014.

Score: 95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014

This is destined to be a legendary Cheval Blanc. A deep garnet colour. The nose is intense, though more broody than the bottle shown four months later with hints of blackberry, plum and sloe. The bouquet needs time to unfurl, so advise serious decanting if opening any bottles now. The palate is full-bodied, beautifully delineated with here, a hint of oyster sauce on the mid-palate. Crunchy blackberry, oodles of sweet Merlot but unlike the '01, complemented by some wonderful Cabernet Franc. Even after a couple of hours in glass, this wine is revealing nuances. Stunning. Tasted October 2007

Score: 98 Neal Martin, Wine-Journal.com, July 2008

Subtle, complex and refined, with aromas of cherry, licorice, mineral, berry and other sweet, ripe fruit. Full-bodied and compacted, with masses of fine, silky tannins. Long, long finish. Best after 2010. 8,330 cases made. (JS)

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31 Jan 01), January 2001

 

Score: 98 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 2001

Mid crimson with a tad more development at the rim than Ausone or Pétrus. Already complex nose - sweet and rather dusty, more like the old traditional Cheval than recent vintages. Currant bun nose, Rich and yet firm and stylish on the palate, Silky and polished. Dry yet sappy finish. This grew in the glass to be very impressive. Both ripe and yet gorgeous to drink with real freshness. Quite a triumph. Drink 2009-2022. Date tasted 7th April 08.

Score: 19 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008

The 1998 Cheval Blanc, a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, is deep garnet-brick in color and absolutely explodes with scents of exotic spices, incense, dried roses, cigar box and licorice, with a core of crème de cassis and dried cherries plus touches of black tea and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with rich, plushly textured fruit and then POW—it hits the mid-palate with an explosion of Chinese five spice and floral perfume sparks, leading to an epically long finish. This cannot fail to impress and can easily cellar for another 30 years or more.

Score: 100 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, May 2018

 

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A blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc, the complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally is reserved early in life, but puts on weight and richness in the bottle. Stylistically, this wine is probably cut from the same mould as vintages such as 1985, 1966, and 1962. The color is a dense ruby with purple nuances. Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavors with no hard edges. A seamless beauty of finesses, charm, and concentration, 1999 has produced an exciting Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

 

Score: 94/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Wonderfully aromatic, with chocolate, berry and plum character. Medium bodied, with firm yet fine tannins and a tight finish. A fine and elegant cheval blanc. Drink now through 2004.

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

 

Score: 89 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 2000 Robert Parker 99 von 100 Punkten WS 93 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (189), June 2010

Among the young Chevals of the last 25 years, this is the most Port-like I have ever tasted. It represents the essence of this noble vineyard. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, it boasts a saturated purple color along with a reticent but striking bouguet of blackberries, truffles, and mocha. Beginning to close down, aeration reveals scents of locorice, menthol, and saddle leather. Opulent and full-bodied, with a diaphanous quality (each layer peels away to reveal even more nuances), low acidity, sweet tannin, and a 60-second finish, it is unquestionably as profound as the 1990 and 1982. It is the most compelling Cheval Blanc since the mythical 1947 and 1949, but patience is required. Potentially, this is a perfect wine. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030+. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (149), October 2003

This closed, backward blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc boasts a saturated purple color along with a reticent but striking bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, truffles, and mocha. In spite of its tightness, aeration reveals scents of licorice, menthol, and saddle leather. Opulent and full-bodied, with low acidity, sweet tannin, and a 60-second finish, it is unquestionably as profound as the 1990 and 1982. I still believe the 2000 has the potential to be the most compelling Cheval Blanc since the mythical 1947 and 1949, but patience is required. It should merit a three digit score in 7-10 years, but it is closed at present. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030+.

Score: 98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Last year, the 2000 Cheval Blanc appeared to be the wine of the vintage. It has not changed, but about a half dozen other offerings have added considerable weight and are now worthy rivals to this prodigious effort. The most port-like Cheval Blanc I have ever tasted, it represents the essence of this noble vineyard. A blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it boasts a saturated purple color along with a striking bouquet of blackberries, blueberries, truffles, and mocha. As the wine sits in the glass, scents of licorice, menthol, and saddle leather also emerge. Opulent and full-bodied, with a diaphanous quality (each layer peels away to reveal even more nuances), low acidity, sweet tannin, and a 60-second finish, it is unquestionably a profound wine. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030+.

Score: 98/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (139), February 2002

Readers can put money on this one ... it's a no-brainer, Cheval Blanc 2000 is the wine of the vintage! Approximately 50% of the harvest made the grade for manager Pierre Lurton. This wine offers an explosion of berry fruits, a texture akin to cashmere, and layers of melted tannin infused with awesome levels of extract and fruit. Seamless and extraordinarily pure, the 2000 Cheval Blanc has everything one would ever want in a wine. It is not enormous, but it has a level of intensity and concentration without any sense of heaviness that sets it apart from most wines. Moreover, the tannins are melted and totally unobtrusive in a wine that, analytically, is high in tannin.The glorious nose of blueberries, blackberries, coconut, new saddle leather, and flowers is to die for. The texture is so plush that the palate gets lost in a dizzying smorgasbord of flavors and aromas. This is the greatest young Cheval Blanc I have ever tasted. If there is one wine worth killing for in 2000, it is Cheval Blanc. As a postscript, this wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot.

Score: 99/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette

An ex-château bottle, this is the best bottle of Cheval Blanc 2000 that I have encountered in several years, though we had to reject one corked example first! Coming directly from the château, it has a backward, sultry bouquet that demands coaxing form the glass, but it eventually reveals wonderful delineation and brooding power with scents of dark plum, fireside hearth and anis. The palate has a sublime entry, almost understated until a wave of intense dark cherry and iodine crashes onto the back palate. Velvet smooth in the mouth, this is clearly a vin de garde that has a very long future ahead. Tasted February 2014.

Score: 97 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014

The Cheval Blanc 2000 continues to age at a glacial pace, although the aromatics are open with lovely blackberry and graphite scents, here augmented with a hint of undergrowth and autumn leaves. The palate is full-bodied with precise, poised tannins that give this wine wonderful focus and drive. It is very fresh with a core of opaque dense black fruit at its heart. There is a sense of compactness to this Saint Emilion that urges you to cellar it for another decade…it promises to repay your patience. Tasted December 2012.

Score: 95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, March 2013

 

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2003

A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It’s frankly hard to move past the 2000 Cheval, because at this point, I want nothing to compete with it.

Score: 100 Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, November 20
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I was surprised by how soft, opulent, even voluptuous the 2001 Cheval Blanc performed out of bottle as this estate’s wines tend to shut down when young. Its deep ruby/purple color was accompanied by sweet aromas of cranberries, black currants, menthol, Asian spices, and underbrush. This seductive blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc reveals a lush sweetness, medium body, and ripe, well-integrated tannin. A racy effort filled with personality, it should be at its finest between 2007-2018.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004

Fifty percent of the crop made it into the 2001 Cheval Blanc which includes an unusually high percentage of Merlot (60%, along with 40% Cabernet Franc). As administrator Pierre Lurton told me, it was a year where the vines had to be extensively pruned, so yields were kept low. The Cabernet Franc vineyards produced 32 hectoliters per hectare, and the Merlot vineyards, 39 hectolitres per hectare. The cool September weather resulted in late harvest for this estate. The 2001 has a lot in common with the 1999 and 1988. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a sweet bouquet of menthol, ripe black currant, plum, and cherry fruit, and an intriguing mineral characteristic. The wine is medium bodied, with wonderful sweetness and putiry, good definition, a layered texture, and sweet tannin in the finish. It will not make anyone forget the prodigious 2000 or the increasingly impressive 1998, but it is fruit-driven, dense effort with abundant qualities of vibrant acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003

Fifty percent of the crop made it into the 2001 Cheval Blanc, which includes an unusually high percentage of Merlot (65%, along with 35% Cabernet Franc). The 2001 has a lot in common with the 1999 and 1988. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by a sweet bouquet of menthol, ripe black currant, plum, and cherry fruit, and an intriguing mineral characteristic. The wine is medium-bodied, with wonderful sweetness and purity, good definition, a light texture, and sweet tannin in the finish. It will not make anyone forget the prodigious 2000 or the increasingly impressive 1998, but it is a fruit-driven, dense effort with abundant quantities of vibrant acidity. As administrator Pierre Lurton told me, in this vintage the vines had to be extensively pruned (and crop-thinned) so yields were kept low. The Cabernet Franc vineyards produced 32 hectoliters per hectare, and the Merlot vineyards, 39 hectoliters per hectare. The cool September weather resulted in a late harvest for this estate. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

 

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002
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A blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc, the complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally is reserved early in life, but puts on weight and richness in the bottle. Stylistically, this wine is probably cut from the same mould as vintages such as 1985, 1966, and 1962. The color is a dense ruby with purple nuances. Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavors with no hard edges. A seamless beauty of finesses, charm, and concentration, 1999 has produced an exciting Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

 

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

 

Score: 94/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

 

Score: 92/94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Wonderfully aromatic, with chocolate, berry and plum character. Medium bodied, with firm yet fine tannins and a tight finish. A fine and elegant cheval blanc. Drink now through 2004.

  James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

 

Score: 89 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

 

Score: 90/94 James Suckling, Wine Spectator
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2003 Robert Parker 92 von 100 Punkten WS 96 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

The 2003 Cheval Blanc, a blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, reveals an exquisite bouquet of mulberries, forest floor, new saddle leather, spice box and spring flowers. The first-growth quality aromatics are followed by a complex medium-bodied wine with more density than anticipated. The wine seems fully mature although there is an unexpected freshness and underlying depth of fruit. This beauty should continue to drink well for another 7-8 years.

One of the principal theories of the bizarre, historically hot and dry summer of 2003 is that grapes planted in gravelly and sandy soils were the least successful. If that was true 100% of the time, Cheval Blanc would have made a horrible wine. In fact, both the grand vin and second wine at Cheval Blanc did well in this vintage. It was the earliest harvest in over 110 years at this estate, and the resulting wine is a beauty. Drink 2014-2022

Score: 92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

The 2003 Cheval Blanc, a tiny production of 5,000 cases, was bottled early to protect its delicate style. It is a light to medium-bodied, superficial, but seductive effort offering notes of cherries, herbs, smoke, and new oak. It possesses moderate depth as well as exceptional elegance and finesse. I suspect enough of its noble terroir comes through to please this estate’s fans. Obviously, the vintage’s severe heat and drought did not benefit Cheval Blanc’s lighter, gravelly soils. This fragrant 2003 is best consumed over the next 12-14 years.

Score: 89 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Administrator Pierre Lurton told me that this wine is scheduled to be bottled in late March or early April to preserve its delicate fruit. Highly perfumed and somewhat evolved, it offers up scents of cedarwood, cranberries, mulberries, and currants. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by the attractive, fragrant, sweet bouquet, and fresh, medium-bodied flavors. While there is not significant depth, substance, or concentration, it is a pure, elegant 2003 that may put on weight and perform even better in 4-5 years. My instincts suggest it will not be a long-lived example of Cheval Blanc. The final blend was 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.

Score: 89/91 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

A delicate, elegant style of Cheval, that’s more into fruit than size, structure, and intensity, this soft, finesse-styled, medium-bodied effort reveals notes of cranberries, mangoes, cherries, and crushed stones in its moderately intense perfume. In the mouth, it is stylish, soft, pure, and builds incrementally. About 4% press wine was added to the final blend. The harvest, which produced only 30 hectoliters per hectare, was Cheval Blanc’s earliest ever, with the Merlot picked between September 1 - 5, and the Cabernet Franc between September 10 - 15. It was not easy, as manager Pierre Lurton acknowledged, having a vineyard on gravelly soils in the stifling unprecedented heat of the summer of 2003. Only 50% of the crop made it into Cheval Blanc, a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot (the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc in many years). Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.

Score: 89/92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Blackberry, mineral and lightly toasted oak. Subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet fruit character and ultrarefined tannins. Goes on and on. Gorgeous and seductive. Best after 2009

Score: 96 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Seductive. Blackberry, mineral and lightly toasted oak. Wonderfully sweet fruit character. Subtle and complex.

Score: 96 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, February 2006

Very pretty licorice and mineral aromas. Hints of flowers. Medium to full-bodied, with sweet and silky tannins. Lovely chocolate character. Racy and modern for Cheval Blanc. Not the 1998 but very fine indeed. Seductive juice. Long and beautiful.

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Pretty pale. Warm and lightly spicy nose. Is this the famous cashmere tannins vintage? The tannins are indeed well managed but there just doesn’t seem to be enough on the mid palate here. A bit jagged. Definitely need to wait for this to mellow but it doesn’t seem a triumph at this stage.

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2008

 

Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

 

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Bewertung Jahrgang 2004 Robert Parker 90 von 100 Punkten WS 92 von 100 Punkten

Eighty thousand bottles of 2004 Cheval Blanc were produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. Subtle herb, menthol, cranberry, black currant, and licorice aromas emerge from this dark ruby/plum-colored wine. It is medium-bodied and elegant with plenty of sweet fruit, but not a lot of weight or intensity. The complexity and nobility of Cheval Blanc’s gravelly terroir is apparent in this delicate, subtle St.-Emilion. Give it a few years to develop additional aromatics, and drink it over the following 12-15.

Score: 90 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

The 2004 Cheval Blanc displays a dark plum/ruby color in addition to a perfumed sweet nose of cranberries, cherries, incense, dried herbs, espresso, and mocha. Elegant, medium-bodied, layered, and significantly richer than its weight suggests, this defined, perfumed, stylish wine should at its peak between 2008-2019. It is an outstanding, but hardly inspired effort.

Score: 90/92 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

This may be the finest Cheval Blanc since the monumental 2000. Only 50% of the crop made it into the final blend (55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot). Cheval has a tendency to come across as a bit light in its infancy, but the 2004 lacks neither stuffing nor intensity. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a classic Cheval perfume of menthol, red as well as black currants, smoke, oranges, and black tea. It possesses beautiful sweetness and purity, medium body, extraordinary elegance, and potential complexity. While not a blockbuster in the style of the 2000 and 1998, it is a precise, fragrant, potentially top-flight effort as well as one of the finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022.

Score: 93/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Intense aromas of tar, blackberry and wet earth, with just a hint of tobacco and flowers. Full-bodied, chewy and long. Extracted, yet turns caressing and velvety in texture. Broad-shouldered and muscular for this estate. Better than the 2000. Best after 2012.

Score: 94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, January 2007

Incredible richness of Cabernet Franc here, with blackberries and dark chocolate character. This is full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit, but it's like a tightly knit ball of cashmere thread. The manager of the estate thinks it's better than his classic 2003. I think he may be right

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005

[CF 5%; M 45%; average yields 45 hl/ha; grand vin represents 50% of total production; third wine, 27%, also produced] Very deep, purplish crimson. Much more reticent on the nose than the second wine Petit Cheval. Deep flavours with some floral notes. Extremely round, supple tannins and impressive depths of undeveloped flavour with lovely appetising dry tannins (as opposed to a drying, rasping finish) - truly winemaker Pierre Lurton's "cashmere" tannins. Round, intense mulberry flavours. Quite insistent, ripe tannins on the finish. Relatively gentle and the vintage with the most recognisable Cheval character of recent years. Great balance, savoury and rather playful. Lots of fruit and well-hidden tannins. Good freshness without any excess of acidity.Drink 2014-28

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 05), April 2005

 

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The 2005 from Cheval Blanc is a quintessentially elegant, beautiful, deep bluish/ruby-colored wine from St.-Emilion, with raspberry, blueberry, and floral notes, impressive density, great precision, freshness and purity. Full-bodied, but extremely light on its feet, I don’t mean to gush, but it is super-intense, rich and just so meticulously crafted! This is another fabulous wine and a perfect expression for this vintage. It is difficult to forget the gorgeous blueberry and raspberry fruit, full body, sweet tannin, a multi-layered texture, and purity and palate presence of this stunning wine. Drink it over the next 20 years. P.S. In 2005, this was 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot. Drink 2015-2035.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (219), June 2015

The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cheval Blanc’s ethereal bouquet of menthol, coffee, wet stones, black cherries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and spice soars from the glass. An equal part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it is medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous texture in addition to high tannins that glide over the palate with no angularity or astringency. While it does not quite reach the perfection of the 2000, it should rival the profound 1998 and 1990. This is not a Cheval Blanc for near-term drinking as it demands at least a decade’s worth of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035

Score: 96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

This spectacular blend of nearly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot has put on weight over the last year (as most top Chevals tend to do). The color is an inky/blue/ruby/purple, and the wine reveals an extraordinary aromatic profile of subtle mocha, licorice, pain grille, and abundant red, blue, and black fruits. As usual, there is an underlying hint of menthol, or is it forest floor? A classic, quintessential medium-bodied Cheval Blanc boasting a stunning texture and high tannin, but neither aggressiveness nor angularity, the 2005 appears capable of rivaling the extraordinary 2000 and 1998. However, the production of 95,000 bottles is relatively small. It requires 6-8 years of bottle age, and it should evolve effortlessly for 35+ years.

Score: 96/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

A prodigious Cheval Blanc that should challenge the 2000 and 1998 as the finest Cheval since the 1990, the 2005's final blend consisted of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. The Merlot harvest began on September 15th and lasted until the Cabernet Franc was finished around October 6th. Administrator Pierre Lurton told me, "I prefer to pick the Merlot a little early, and the Cabernet Franc a little late." The deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 reveals an extraordinary projected, surreal bouquet of menthol, red, blue, and black fruits, and hints of mocha, licorice, and sweet oak. This opulent, tremendously concentrated Cheval Blanc possesses undeniable finesse, elegance, and freshness as well as a vibrant, nuanced, delineated personality. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030+. The estate’s second wine, the 2005 Le Petit Cheval (55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc) is one of the better efforts over recent years.

Score: 95/98 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

The Château Cheval Blanc 2005 has an intense bouquet, one that is more complex than Ausone with a slight marine influence infusing the blackberry and raspberry fruit, hints of wilted violet and cassis surfacing with time an joining the chorus line.. The palate is beautifully balanced with filigree tannin. It feels linear at first and then fans out marvellously with a bravura finish that lacquers the mouth. There is clearly quite brilliant precision here, impressive length and poise with a touch of salinity on the finish. What a spellbinding Cheval Blanc, a Saint Emion that is just going to get better and better with each passing year. Drink 2020 - 2060

Score: 98+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2015

The 2005 is ferociously closed on the nose - broody and backward, opening slowly with wild strawberry, crushed stone, bay leaf and Chinese tea. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, gently grippy tannins, citric peel and a masculine, assertive finish. This is a long-term Cheval Blanc but it does not have the sheer audacity or bravura of the 2009. Tasted December 2012.

Score: 95+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

Always a fabulous nose of black fruit, dark chocolate, nuts and spices. It's full-bodied with beautifully dense tannins reminiscent of cashmere. A long, long finish rounds out this beautiful wine. It would be better to leave it alone until 2020 but so hard not to revel in its splendor now.

Score: 98 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, October 2015

 

Score: 97 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

I am not sure what to say about the nose. It's so complex, with minerals, berries, wet earth and light vanilla. Turns to licorice and mint. Full-bodied, with amazing tannins and a long, long finish. This is so refined and long. Pure silk

Score: 95/100 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006
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The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and l'Evangile at the very edge of the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal, boysenberries, black currants, and hints of cocoa and caramel. Lush, textured, and opulent with superb purity, medium to full body, savory flavors, and sweet, sexy tannins, this stunning Cheval Blanc may be even better than the 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030.

Score: 95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009

Only 60% of the harvest was utilized in this marvelous blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. As always, the 2006 Cheval Blanc is made in a lighter, more elegant style based on finesse, purity, and beautiful nuances. A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by scents of crushed rocks, menthol, raspberries, cherries, and assorted blue as well as black fruits. An impeccable integration of new oak, medium body, terrific palate penetration and purity, and light tannins suggest it will be drinkable in 2-3 years, but it should put on considerable weight because of its large Cabernet Franc component. While the 2006 may not eclipse the 2005, 2000, or 1998, it is not far off in terms of quality and longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028.

Score: 92/95 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007

The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? That's for sure.

Score: 97 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2016

Tasted at Cheval Blanc. A blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, this is an intellectual Cheval Blanc that does not go out of its way to charm, but nonetheless has its virtues. A fine mineral-driven nose with blackberry leaf, wet stones and a touch of dark chocolate - precise and taut. The palate is full-bodied, less fleshy that other vintages I have tasted at this stage, masculine, tannic with ripe red-berried fruits and a touch of pain grillé. Very good length, this has all the components to be a great, rather than iconic Cheval Blanc, but it will need some time in the cellar. Tasted April 2007.

Score: 93/95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2007

Displays lots of milk chocolate, cedar, berry and cappuccino aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, this is structured and layered for the vintage. Mouthpuckering. Needs time. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Best after 2015

Score: 95 James Suckling, Wine Spectator, January 2009

Very rich, showing lots of blackberry and licorice, with just a hint of wood. Full-bodied, with dense but polished tannins. This is subtle. Very, very pretty and elegant. Silky and long. Almost 95-100.

Score: 92/94 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. Harvest 15–28 September. Average potential alcohol of the Merlot grapes was over 14%. Yields were 30% lower than usual, partly because the berries were very small after the heat from May to July and partly because selection in the vineyard was very strict. 62% of the harvest went into the grand vin.
Very good depth of crimson though pretty weak rim. Reticent nose though obviously more concentrated than the Petit Cheval. Very subtle light whiff of bonfires. Good round supple fruit on the front palate but no great intensity. Tasted straight after Evangile next door it seemed a rather green puny little thing. Definitely not one of Cheval’s most glorious vintages - decidedly inky. Mouthfilling though but no great depth. Some unripe green element underneath.

Score: 17+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007

Good deep ruby-red. Captivating nose combines blackberry, menthol, licorice, bitter chocolate, violet and a flinty, iron-like element. Densely packed and very fresh, with superb energy and definition to the complex flavors of cassis, blackberry, licorice, menthol and minerals. A floral element contributes to the impression of vibrancy. This is more impressive than it was at any stage of its elevage, offering surprising chewy richness and sweetness for a brand-new Cheval. Finishes with broad, toothdusting tannins that mount slowly and saturate the palate. This wonderfully smooth wine gained in precision and floral perfume with 24 hours in the recorked bottle and should be at its best roughly between 2015 and 2035.

Score: 94 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May 2009

Good full red-ruby. Complex nose melds redcurrant, tobacco, iron, smoke and a floral element. Suave and bright, at once fatter and finer-grained than the 2007, but with perfectly integrated acidity to buffer its voluptuous texture. The broad, mouthcoating finish features very fine tannins and excellent length. This was to have been bottled in April. Estate Manager Pierre Lurton noted that Cheval Blanc typically gets no more than 15 months of elevage

Score: 92/94 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (132), June 2007

The freshness of the fruit is apparent on the nose. The sweet mix of cassis and mulberry fleshes out the middle and the roundness of the tannins add a velvety touch. Supple and fleshy towards the back yet there is a mineral streak ensuring brightness.

Score: 91/94 Derek Smedley MW, April 2007
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2007 Robert Parker 91 von 100 Punkten WS 92 von 100 Punkten

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A strong effort in this vintage, the evolved, perfumed, purple-tinged 2007 Cheval Blanc offers complex aromas of menthol, cedarwood, mulberries, and black currants. Medium-bodied with beautiful fruit, sweet tannin, and a heady finish, this lovely wine should drink well for 10-15 years. Drink 2010-2025.

Score: 91 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

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Score: 88/91 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

The 2007 Cheval Blanc has a refined bouquet with scents of red berry fruit, leather, iron filing and orange rind, perhaps a little more advanced than some of its Saint Emilion peers, but still attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin on the entry. This is a "stocky" Cheval Blanc, with the Cabernet Franc component really forming the backbone to this wine, imparting bell pepper and spice box notes towards the grippy finish. I think it might have peaked a couple of years ago, so drink now and over the next 15 years. Tasted February 2017.
Drink Date 2017 - 2030

Score: 92 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017

The Cheval Blanc has a deep garnet/purple colour. The nose is reticent at first, it definitely needs time so wait 3 minutes and it unfurls some attractive earthy aromas with tobacco becoming ever-stronger with time. The palate is very intense, superb acidity and what I really like about this year’s Cheval is the tension in the wine (a while since I mentioned that at en primeur.) This Cheval Blanc has a sense of urgency that I adore. Very well defined on the finish – masculine, almost Cabernet Sauvignon in quality but I think this is one of the few 2007’s with long-term potential. Great wine. Tasted April 2008.

Score: 93/95 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2008

Has gorgeous aromas already, with plum, sweet tobacco, violet and a little coffee. Medium-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long finish. This is 30 percent of the harvest. 60 percent Cabernet Franc and 40 percent Merlot

Score: 89/92 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2008

55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot. Selection of the grand vin was limited by the amount of good Merlot available. They made only one third of the usual volume. Quite a long harvest. They usually pick early but had to wait to get full ripeness. More complex than Petit Cheval and lovely freshness and minerality but the difference between Petit Cheval and Cheval Blanc seems much less than in some more dramatically successful years. Cool and calm. Malted milk. Maybe not really really dramatic. Quality of the fruit of 2004 but with softer tannins. So mellow! Drink 2013-2021

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2008

(a 54/46 blend of cabernet franc and merlot) Good ruby-red. Pure nose offers blackberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Supple and sweet, with nicely integrated acidity that's in harmony with the wine's silky texture. Just a tad peppery; I looked for a bit more thrust. Best today on the finish, where the suave fruit shows a lovely restrained sweetness and spreads out to saturate the palate. This is around 13.5% alcohol, with a bit of saignee done for the merlot.

Score: 89/92 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

There is a wonderful violet fragrance on the nose, lots of black fruit behind this, bilberry and bramble lifted by a touch of green pepper. The palate has layers of flavour, fleshy richness beautifully balanced by red fruit freshness, a lovely complexity. The finish is very long and there is the feel of more fruit to show. 2013-2026.

Score: 92/96 Derek Smedley MW, April 2008

The trademark elegance is there in the bouquet which shows a poise and freshness of fruit (55% Cabernet Franc in the blend). The palate also shows smoothness and suavity of texture with a crisp tannic edge but the finish is just a little less polished than the rest. Drink 2013-2020. 4 stars.

Score: 17 Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com
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Bewertung Jahrgang 2008 Robert Parker 93 von 100 Punkten WS 93 von 100 Punkten

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The 2008 Cheval Blanc (55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc) is a winner from this underrated, classic vintage. Notes of forest floor, Asian plum sauce, black currants, sweet cherries and spice are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with deep fruit, admirable purity, and a long, textured finish. There is not a hard edge to this wine, and in all likelihood, it can be drunk now or cellared for two decades.

Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

In time, the profound 2008 Cheval Blanc will rank alongside this estate's great successes of 2005, 2000, and 1998. A harvest that began at the end of September and concluded October 19 has produced a wine with the 1998's complexity and the power of the 2000. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2008 reveals an ethereal nose of subtle menthol intertwined with spring flowers, plums, black currants, and sweet cherries. The wine's seamlessness is enthralling, and, despite the late harvest as well as late malolactics, it is already displaying admirable complexity. This is a beautifully complete, full-bodied Cheval Blanc that dances across the palate with the finesse of a world-class ballerina. Analytically, there is plenty of tannin, but it is totally integrated. While the acids are slightly elevated, they are not noticeable. A tour de force! This wine should evolve for three decades or more

Score: 95/97 Robert Parker, RobertParker.com, April 2009

The 2008 Cheval Blanc has a very precise, mineral-driven bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, energetic and incredibly focused, perhaps even more so than Ausone? The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin though I discerned a patina of oak dragging its heels, waiting to be subsumed. There is great concentration and yet conversely it feels bright and fresh; with aeration evermore nimble and sprightly. Towards the finish there are subtle hints of bay leaf and cedar, the Cabernet Franc taking over the steering wheel from the Merlot. There is a lot going on in this outstanding Cheval Blanc that does not deserve to be in the shadow of the feted 2009 or 2010. 2020 - 2050

Score: 95 Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2018

Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. The Cheval Blanc 2008 is a great wine. Here, this bottle has a pure, elegant bouquet that unfurls with each swirl of the glass. It offers a smorgasbord of red fruits: wild strawberry, a touch of kirsch, cranberry and just a touch of lifted alcohol. The new oak is seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent tannins that are ripe and rounded, perhaps belying the sheer weight of its sweet core of fruit. It is a little more ostentatious than I expected and blind, I conjectured whether it could be Château Angelus? Superb. Tasted January 2012.

Score: 96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2012

This has a more understated nose that usual but do not be misled, it has wonderful definition and poise, a sense of natural harmony that had already been perceived on the Second Wine. There is a tertiary scent that is coming from the Cabernet Franc which is superb. The palate is very well a balanced, great vibrancy and tension, super-fine tannins, a little more structure thanks to the Cabernet Franc. PL - "a pixellated wine." Lovely pure raspberry and red cherry towards the poised, fresh finish. This is a wonderful, natural Cheval Blanc. Tasted April 2009

Score: 95/98 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2009

Offers blackberry and flowers on the nose, with hints of prune and spices. Full and chewy, with vanilla and rose petal. This is muscular and angular now, but the finish lasts a long time

Score: 92/95 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2009

Exceptionally dark crimson. Very polished. Fragrant and fresh. I got a hit of pine on this wine as well as on its new stablemate La Tour du Pin - maybe from the trees outside the tasting room here at Cheval? Very fine and sculpted and well mannered even if without perhaps quite the spark of life that one would ideally hope for. Very cool and fresh. Lots of very ripe tannin. Clearly lots of Cabernet Franc. Succulent and supple. Ticks all the boxes - am I being niggly to ask for just a little more misbehaviour? Perhaps because I have just tasted the pretty wild Pétrus. Clearly this will have a long life and I can't see it disappointing anyone. But whom will it actually thrill? Limpid and unctuous.

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2009

The nose has a mix of flavours red fruits and black fruits lots of complexity. Fresh red fruits are
there at the start of the palate with sweet black cherry and bramble in the middle the
suppleness helped by rounded tannins. It is lighter at the back with the red fruits tending to
dominate and give length and elegance on the finish. 2015-2030

Score: 95 Derek Smedley MW, November 2012
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Robert Parker bewertet den Jahrgang 2010 mit 100 von 100 Punkten, Wein enthält Sulfide

The 2010 is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs I have tasted in 34 years in this profession. The final blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot has the tell-tale berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings. The wine exhibits more structure and density than it did from barrel, and it was already remarkable then. The foresty/floral notes seem to linger and linger in this surprisingly full-bodied, powerful Cheval Blanc, yet it possesses a very healthy pH that should ensure enormous longevity. Dense purple in color, and a bigger, richer wine than usual, this is one Cheval Blanc that will probably need a decade of cellaring. I like the description from the estate's administrator, Pierre Lurton, who said it tasted like "liquid cashmere," a perfect expression, despite the wine's structure and intensity. This is another 50-year wine from this amazingly structured, rich vintage.

Score: 100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

The 2010 Cheval Blanc contains 13.8% alcohol, which is very high for this estate, and has an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the final blend (56% versus 44% Merlot). Yields were tiny, adding to the richness and intensity already instilled by the drought of summer and resulting tiny berries. In the style of some of the great Cheval Blancs of the late 1940s, this wine is rich, opulent, full-bodied, and at the risk of sounding like a broken record, as saturated purple in color as any Cheval Blanc I have seen. Mulberries, black currants, fresh minerals, and floral notes jump from the glass of this full-bodied, dense wine. With its tannins, good acidity and surprisingly modest pH, this should be an exceptionally long-lived wine, more backward and delineated than the fatter, more opulent 2009. Drink it over the next 30+ years.

Score: 96/98+ Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

The stellar Cheval Blanc 2010 has a very precise bouquet, not powerful but exuding a brooding intensity. It is very well defined with hints of honey and dried violet petals in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a wondrous spicy entry, perfectly judged acidity, real weight and heft on the back palate that fans out as if there is no tomorrow. This is a huge wine, totally compelling, a behemoth destined to mature over years rather than decades. Tasted January 2014.

Score: 98 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014

Tasted at the property, the Cheval Blanc 2010 has a wonderful bouquet with pixelated clarity: blackberry, briary, crushed stone and a touch of cigar box - it is stately and almost aloof in style. The palate is medium-bodied with superb balance and focus. The tannins are fully ripe, but it maintains the austere style of the vintage. Hints of bay leaf, black pepper and a touch of black truffle inform the dry, but powerful finish. This will need 10 years to really show its pedigree, but it will grow up to by a sublime Cheval Blanc. Tasted November 2012.

Score: 98 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

A blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, the latter suffering a little coulure (so bunches were cut earlier during the season after veraison to increase homogeneity.) The Merlot were reaching around 14.5% alcohol and the clay/gravel soils inhibited the increased alcohol level at the end. The harvest began on 15th September and finished on 13th October with a major part of the vineyard picked on 7th October. Like many samples, the Cheval Blanc takes a long time to open but eventually reveals a very refined, tightly-knit bouquet with dark berries, espresso, underbrush, the Cabernet Franc dominating the Merlot at present. The palate is medium-bodied and much more masculine compared to the fleshier 2009 last year, like the nose, the Cabernet Franc defining the wine with touches of dried herbs, a little allspice and white pepper. There is a firm backbone to this Cheval Blanc, quite structured towards the spicy finish, fresh but obdurate and broody. This will need a decade to really open up. Very promising, but do not expect fireworks...yet. Drink 2020-2040+ Tasted March 2011.

Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

The aroma in this wine is crazy with flowers, mushroom, forest floor, and fruit. It seems like I am walking through a row of the vines in Cheval Blanc when I have my nose in the glass. It's full-bodied, with fabulous layers of ultra-fine tannins and milk chocolate, raspberries, and a phenomenal finish. Truly one of the greatest Chevals ever. Better than 2009. Try in 2020.

Score: 100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

The blueberry and blackberry character and bouquet of violets is off the charts. Full body, the Cabernet Franc dominates the blend now, with so much dark fruits, minerals and flowers with hints of spices. It is a very powerful and linear CB and shows amazing length and purity. Zen-like focus

Score: 99/100 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011

56% Cabernet Franc, 44% Merlot. Meaty and savoury. Almost austere on the nose relative to how young Cheval usually tastes. Very youthful but aromatic, then lovely lusciousness on the palate. Recalls great old Chevals with that seductive freshness. Lovely dry finish. (Blend for 2009 was exactly the opposite.) Coulure affected Merlot in 2010. Lost lots of volume on Merlot. Great structure but also lovely floral seductive aroma. Opens out in the glass in the most convincing manner. Presumably they think it would have been even better if vinified in the new cellar that is due for completion this summer. 14.5%

Score: 18.5+ Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

 

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A beautiful wine that always seems to drink well, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a sweet, fragrant nose of black and red currants, floral nuances and spice. Supple, round and juicy, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15 or more years. Drink 2015-2030.

Score: 94 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

The final blend for the 2012 Cheval Blanc was 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc. Despite the use of 100% new oak, there is not a hint of vanillin, toast or espresso notes in the aromatic bouquet, which is filled with scents of black currants, sweet cherries, lavender, forest floor and a hint of underbrush. Concentrated with a surprisingly lofty alcohol level of 13.9% as well as a tannin level that equals their 2010 (a wine bestowed a three-digit score), this full-bodied, opulent 2012 has a pH of 3.8, which accounts for its suppleness, velvety texture and heady richness. It is a great success in this vintage. It will be approachable early given its silky structural aspects, and should last for two decades.

Score: 94/96 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (206), April 2013

Tasted blind at the 2012 Southwold tasting, the 2012 Cheval Blanc has a perfumed, outgoing, almost "glossy" bouquet that wants to be noticed, lavished with damson, wild strawberry, fig jam and crème de cassis scents that are totally seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe, succulent, sensual red cherries and wild strawberry fruit, though perhaps the finish showed some superfluous hubris that just erased some of the potential delineation and focus. On this occasion it was pipped to the post by Ausone, but let us see how it matures, because the white horse always repays those that are patient. Tasted January 2016.

Score: 93+ Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (227), October 2016

The Grand Vin is a blend of 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc, 26th September until the 13th October that comes from 35 different parcels. The picking is done in the vineyard for the first sorting by the pickers and then sorted by hand as they are sure delicate than using optical sorting machine. It has a dense, broody nose that has the looming presence of the Quinault L'Enclos. It veers towards a red fruit profile, with "rocky" aromas, perhaps a touch of marmalade and quince. The palate is medium-bodied but displays very good concentration for the vintages. It feels very harmonious - silky but with a citric acid edge that lends the finish the tension it needs to maintain the freshness. This will probably become a masculine Cheval Blanc that will need a decade in bottle. Tasted April 2013.

Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

A Cheval Blanc with an impressive center palate of blueberries, chocolate, almonds and spices. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish. Goes on for minutes. Beautiful wine. Seamless tannins. Needs a few years of bottle age. Better in 2017

Score: 94 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2015

This is really beautiful with blackberry, chocolate, and light nuts character. Full yet refined and beautiful. Seamless tannins. It goes on for minutes. This is so elegant and beautiful. The tannins are just right and not overdone for the vintage.

Score: 93/94 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2013

54% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Franc. Deep dark crimson. Marked Cabernet nose. Smells pure and fresh and crunchy. Finest of fine tannins but they go deep, as does the fruit. It is not leafy but there that classic Cabernet Franc fresh aroma that tends that way. There's some grip but fine friction. Elegant, long; energy underneath a relatively gentle-seeming exterior. 'Power and sweetness of Merlot and finesse of Cabernet Franc. The true Cheval Blanc style we like', says Kees van Leeuwen. Very clean, complex aromatic profile. Delicious and I think you could drink it, with much pleasure, even earlier than I have suggested. (JH)

Score: 18.5 Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2013
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Robert Parker bewertet den Jahrgang 2009 mit 99 von 100 Punkten, Zusammensetzung: 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. 65%

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It will be fascinating to follow the evolution of the 2009 Cheval Blanc versus the 2010 as well as the awesome 2005, 2000, 1998 and 1990. This famous estate's vineyard is situated at the juncture of Pomerol and the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, facing the two noble estates of l'Evangile and La Conseillante. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Cheval Blanc tips the scales at just under 14% natural alcohol. Its dense blue/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of incense, raspberries, cassis, sweet forest floor and a subtle hint of menthol. Opulent and full-bodied with low acidity but no sense of heaviness, this dense, unctuously textured, super-smooth, velvety, pure, profound Cheval Blanc is impossible to resist despite its youthfulness. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+.

Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012

The harvest for the 2009 Cheval Blanc began in mid-September and finished on October 8. One of this estate's greatest wines, the 2009 (58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc) came in at 13.5% natural alcohol (some lots were as high as 14.5%). The wine exhibits sumptuous aromatics of subtle menthol intermixed with caramel, black raspberries, mulberries, kirsch, and cassis. With a stupendous opulence and a fleshy mouthfeel, but no heaviness or fatigue, this dense wine is staggeringly concentrated, very full-bodied, powerful, and silky smooth. Irresistible already, it is almost frightening to think how compelling this beauty should be in a few years. (Tasted once.) Anticipated maturity: 2015-2050.

Score: 98/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

Apparently the final blend of the Cheval Blanc 2009 included 64% Cabernet Franc - perhaps a moot point given just how splendid this Saint Emilion is turning out. It has an extravagant, heavenly bouquet that immediately goes out to make an impression with exuberant wild strawberry, black olive compote, black truffle and minerals. The oak is beautifully interwoven. The palate is full-bodied with super fine tensile tannins, great purity and elegant. This has more tension that its peers: shimmering with complexity and vibrancy. Long and quite profound on the finish, this is a marvellous 2009 - but having tasting it recently - could the 2010 be even better? Tasted December 2012.

Score: 97 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2013

Tasted at the château. The Cheval Blanc is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, started picking on 15th September until the 7th October. The bouquet is very pure, tightly coiled at the moment with an almost Margaux-like veil. Very fine delineation and with time: touches of espresso entwine with the black cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannins, that slight chalkiness to the texture, very good purity with that hint of espresso and minerals interwoven into the pure red fruits. Wonderful sense of symmetry here, the Cabernet Franc taking over towards the finish with just a faint hint of bell pepper and tobacco, more masculine towards the finish. Superb. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 94/96 Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

This is ethereal. The nose is so perfumed and beautiful, with dried flowers, fresh mint, blueberries and plums that follow through to a full body and incredible power of super fine tannins. It's almost like a Romanee-Conti in texture and length. The fresh acidity makes it bright. It's all about texture. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Try in 2022.

Score: 99 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2012

I have never smelled a Cheval like this, with red fruit and an undertone of seashell, lilac and sandalwood that makes you dream, turning to chocolate. Full-bodied, but tight and precise with a laser-guided finish of ultrafine tannins. Superlong. 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Franc. This is like the 1990 but superclean.

Score: 96/99 James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. 85% of the total went into the grand vin - they were so pleased, especially with the Merlot. Very rich and comfortable on the nose. Very juicy. Dry finish. Very serious wine. Lots of layers and a dry finish. Pretty long - opens out on the finish. But it's not a knocker-off-of-socks and has rather more classic Cheval character than some recent vintages. It's really quite subtle - but then there's no over-the-top ripeness, which is a relief. Rather contained and pretty. The challenge on the right bank after all was to keep it all in check... (compared with the left bank, which could wallow more in the extra ripeness). Certainly not that sweet... Almost like a child told to concentrate and do its piano practice. Date tasted 30th March 2010. Drink 2019-2034.

Score: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010
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