2008 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 95
  • WE 95
  • IWC 94
  • WA 93
  • WS 93

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JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
I am really impressed with this. It is powerful and rich with so much blueberry vanilla and spice on the nose and palate. It's full and very spicy and fruit on the palate but remains refined and subtle. Rich and polished... I am really impressed with this. It is powerful and rich with so much blueberry vanilla and spice on the nose and palate. It's full and very spicy and fruit on the palate but remains refined and subtle. Rich and polished tannins. This needs at least five years of bottle age to come around.
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
A great success showing impressive concentration. It is almost severe to begin with then sweet tannins sweep in. The higher than usual proportion of Merlot gives a wine that combines plumpness with black plums figs and... A great success showing impressive concentration. It is almost severe to begin with then sweet tannins sweep in. The higher than usual proportion of Merlot gives a wine that combines plumpness with black plums figs and acidity. Obviously for aging. R.V.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Bright red-ruby. Brooding aromas and flavors of licorice cherry pit bitter chocolate and black cardamom. Lush and sweet in the mouth but with terrific definition and grip. This very young wine is most impressive on the... Bright red-ruby. Brooding aromas and flavors of licorice cherry pit bitter chocolate and black cardamom. Lush and sweet in the mouth but with terrific definition and grip. This very young wine is most impressive on the vibrant mounting palate-saturating aftertaste which features fine-grained tannins solid structure and lovely spicy perfume. Wonderfully aristocratic wine whose outstanding energy should ensure a long and graceful evolution in bottle. 94+
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
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... 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.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
This isn't shy about letting a tobacco leaf note weave in and out while the core of red currant damson plum and bitter cherry grows and fleshes out as this airs. The long finish lets mineral red licorice and mesquite... This isn't shy about letting a tobacco leaf note weave in and out while the core of red currant damson plum and bitter cherry grows and fleshes out as this airs. The long finish lets mineral red licorice and mesquite check in as well. Shows impressive range with some youthful grip still to be shed. Best from 2013 through 2020. From France.-J.M.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2008

Label

Formerly known as vin de Figeac, this wine was first sold under the name Cheval Blanc in 1852. The first gold medal won by Cheval Blanc came at the 1878 Universal Exhibition in Paris and that distinction appears on the label.

Each vineyard plot is vinified separately. At the start of fermentation, the juice is gently pumped over three times daily. As fermentation proceeds, pump-over frequency decreases and is eventually stopped when the desired level of extraction has been reached.

The young wine is aged 16 to 18 months in new French oak barrels. Six to seven different coopers are used to ensure complexity and harmony. During this period, the wine is racked by hand five to seven times. Blending takes place after the first three months.

Winery

Cheval Blanc

Chateau Cheval Blanc is a Premier Grand Cru Classe “A” estate located near Pomerol, but within the commune of Saint-Emilion. Its 39 hectares are divided into forty-five plots. While most of the appellation's other famous estates have limestone soil, Cheval Blanc's soil is alluvial, with roughly equal proportions of gravel and clay.

The vineyard has an original combination of grape varieties: 49% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each plot has its own specific profile and, to a certain extent, are treated like separate vineyards because of differences in the age of the vines, grape variety, soil type, surface area, type of rootstock, etc. The combination of these many facets accounts for Cheval Blanc’s great complexity.

Archives show that vines have been grown at Cheval Blanc at least as far back as the 15th century, but the most prestigious part of Cheval Blanc's history can be dated from 1832 when the core plot of the present-day estate was purchased by Jean-Jacques Ducasse, President of the Libourne Trade Tribunal. Over the next twenty years, the purchase of plots belonging to Chateau Figeac led to the vineyard as we know it today.

The impressive 6,000 square-meter cellar adjacent to the chateau, designed by Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in June 2011, houses a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and features two enormous waves of white concrete that rise magnificently out of the ground. There is a garden of wild grasses atop an artificial hill, whose gracious curves are overlooked by the chateau. The wine cellar holds fifty-two concrete vats in six rows.