Colour: Intense red
Nose: The nose exhibits tremendous aromatic purity and well-focused fruit, especially black fruit and redcurrant. The bouquet goes on to reveal overtones of spring flowers and fresh mint that give a particular cachet to this ripe, but in no way overripe vintage.
Palate: The wine starts out full-bodied and concentrated, with plenty of power and smoothness. Epitomizing the balance between concentration and freshness, the long aftertaste is quite elegant, with tannin the melts beautifully in the mouth. Although already showing considerable complexity, this vintage gives every indication of decades of life ahead.
Grape Varieties: 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 100% in new oak barrels for 16-17 months.
Awards: 93pts – Wine Spectator; 96pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Chateau Cheval Blanc
Vines have been grown at Cheval Blanc for centuries and the vineyard of Saint-Emilion has produced wines of outstanding quality year after year, decade after decade, since late antiquity… they are some of the most acclaimed in the world – and the mythical Château Cheval Blanc is at their forefront.
The Cheval Blanc vineyard is located in the northwest of the region, bordering Pomerol – La Conseillante is a neighbor – and consists of 39 hectares (96 acres) divided into 45 plots. There is an unusually large amount of Cabernet Franc planted, about 49 percent, with 47 percent Merlot and 4 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheval Blanc is unique in having a patchwork of clay soils and gravel-based soils over impermeable sedimentary rock of roughly equal proportions. The clay soils provide base wines with velvety tannins, while those from gravel soils are more aromatic and elegant.
Cheval Blanc obtained the highest possible distinction in the first classification of Saint-Emilion wines in 1954: Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”. This exalted rank was confirmed in every following classification in each subsequent decade. Cheval Blanc became a member of the exclusive “Club of 9” comprising the first growths of Bordeaux. Winegrowers have succeeded one another at Cheval Blanc for six centuries in the context of a “wine civilisation” some 2,000 years old. The wine from this estate is now a joy to men and women all over the world who are aware that a great growth such as Cheval Blanc is a treasure of voluptuousness and pleasure.