2009 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 99
  • JS 99
  • WS 98
  • IWC 97
  • NM 97
  • JR 96

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$925.00

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Reg: $1,050.00

$925.00

This product is
out of stock

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2012
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... 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+.
JS 99
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
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... 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.
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
Dense brooding and richly coated with a well of steeped black currant fig paste and roasted plum fruit to draw on while the layers of charcoal Kenya AA coffee and loam resolve themselves. This displays both breadth and... Dense brooding and richly coated with a well of steeped black currant fig paste and roasted plum fruit to draw on while the layers of charcoal Kenya AA coffee and loam resolve themselves. This displays both breadth and depth offering a great undercurrent of acidity to match its heft. Should be among the most long-lived wines of the vintage. Best from 2017 through 2035.
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Bright red-ruby. Flamboyant yet classy aromas and flavors of raspberry mocha coffee and herbs. Like liquid velvet in the mouth but with great lift and perfume giving the wine outstanding inner-palate verve. Wonderfully... Bright red-ruby. Flamboyant yet classy aromas and flavors of raspberry mocha coffee and herbs. Like liquid velvet in the mouth but with great lift and perfume giving the wine outstanding inner-palate verve. Wonderfully rich and classically dry Cheval with noble tannins strong mineral energy and great lingering aromatic character. Atypically full and approachable for young Cheval Blanc but I'm not complaining. One of the longest wines of the vintage and among my handful of favorites.
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
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... 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?
JR 96
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2013
Very perfumed and obviously Cabernet Franc. Lovely racy appetising nose with silky texture. Beautiful balance. Pretty perfect. Meaty finish – not too sweet. 19/20
JJB 95
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, March 2010
A record 65% of the harvest was dedicated to the grand vin this vintage. From a 60/40 blend of merlot and cabernet franc they achieved what they considered to be high alcohol level of 13.9. Deeply concentrated spicy... A record 65% of the harvest was dedicated to the grand vin this vintage. From a 60/40 blend of merlot and cabernet franc they achieved what they considered to be high alcohol level of 13.9. Deeply concentrated spicy fragrance coming from the high portion of franc. Medium full palate weight there's a hint of earthy terroir combining some creaminess in an elegantly focused presence on the palate. While there's along finish to be found the fruit presence falls a touch short to reveal some fine tannins on a firm finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2009
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork
Viticulture method Sustainable

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.