2010 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • JS 99
  • WA 98
  • WS 98
  • JL 98
  • NM 97

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JS 99
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
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... 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.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010 Cheval Blanc: 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... 2010 Cheval Blanc: 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.
WS 98
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2011
Lush and very rounded with lots of muscle and heft but also great polish and pose to the gorgeous boysenberry plum and fig notes. Supercreamy on the finish with bittersweet cocoa violet mint anise and tobacco in reserve.
JL 98
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Produced from a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc than usual 56% Cabernet Franc with the remaining 34% percent relegated to Merlot; that assemblage is similar to what is planted in the vineyards today. The wine reached... Produced from a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc than usual 56% Cabernet Franc with the remaining 34% percent relegated to Merlot; that assemblage is similar to what is planted in the vineyards today. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a 3.75 pH allowing for a rich ripe wine that is also alcoholic and fresh. Placing your nose into this wine reminds you of walking into a flower shop. The aromatics are further complicated with scents of stone oak truffle caramel and black cherry. Pairing delicacy with power this is an elegant deep wine of finesse purity and refinement. Part of the reason for the wines success is the long and exacting time spent harvesting the fruit. The estate took three weeks to conclude picking. Previously they finished the harvest in two weeks.
NM 97
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2011
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... 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+
JJB 98
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, April 2011
56% cabernet franc 44% merlot. 100% new oak. This big ripe Cheval displays intense aromas of camphor cassis raspberry and leather framed by notes of earth. Very powerful on the palate flavors of chocolate and coffee... 56% cabernet franc 44% merlot. 100% new oak. This big ripe Cheval displays intense aromas of camphor cassis raspberry and leather framed by notes of earth. Very powerful on the palate flavors of chocolate and coffee emerge along with beautiful minerality and superb persistence. The finish is bright and fresh with subtle but well-integrated tannins. This is truly a wine of power and elegance.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2010

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.