2011 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • NM 96
  • WA 95
  • WS 94
  • JS 94

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Reg: $595.00

$489.00

In Stock: 6 btls
Ships Inmediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Pending

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NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The Cheval Blanc is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot picked from 6th September finishing on 2nd October. The bouquet is reticent at first and so I allow the sample to warm a little in the glass over five... The Cheval Blanc is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot picked from 6th September finishing on 2nd October. The bouquet is reticent at first and so I allow the sample to warm a little in the glass over five minutes. It unfurls nicely to offer a classic Cheval Blanc nose with the Cabernet Franc exhibiting those floral aromas more dried rose petal than say violets. It is a slightly aloof nose not one that comes running to you like the 2009 or 2010. The palate is medium-bodied with fine slightly chalky tannins. It is well balanced with a fine tannic backbone imbued with a sense of symmetry that Cheval Blanc has been honing in recent vintages. It displays fine minerality remaining strict and linear towards the finish although this may flesh out a little during maturation. A comparatively foursquare Cheval Blanc one that will repay considerable ageing. Tasted April 2012.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The 2011 Cheval Blanc is one of the more plump, opulent and sexy Cheval Blancs made over recent vintages, and its forwardness, lusciousness and complexity seemingly suggest this wine is on a fast evolutionary track. The... The 2011 Cheval Blanc is one of the more plump, opulent and sexy Cheval Blancs made over recent vintages, and its forwardness, lusciousness and complexity seemingly suggest this wine is on a fast evolutionary track. The wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple/plum color, a medium to full-bodied opulence, a sumptuous mid-palate (atypical for the vintage), and a lush, heady finish. It is a super, complex, evolved Cheval Blanc that can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. Bravo! - Robert Parker
WS 94
Wine Spectator, March 2014
Offers a loamy, dense feel, with the vintage's briary grip tumbled with dark plum, blackberry and black currant fruit. Anise and tobacco notes fill out the finish, which expands steadily with air, showing added range and... Offers a loamy, dense feel, with the vintage's briary grip tumbled with dark plum, blackberry and black currant fruit. Anise and tobacco notes fill out the finish, which expands steadily with air, showing added range and echoes of bittersweet cocoa and tobacco. Seems to have a lot in reserve. Best from 2016 through 2030.
JS 94
jamessuckling.com, January 2014
A beautiful nose of ripe black fruits such blackberries, as well as cocoa, black truffle and mint. Full body with a solid core of very refined tannins that lasts for minutes. Very refined texture, especially for the... A beautiful nose of ripe black fruits such blackberries, as well as cocoa, black truffle and mint. Full body with a solid core of very refined tannins that lasts for minutes. Very refined texture, especially for the vintage. 57% cabernet franc and 43% merlot. Try after seven to eight years.
JJB 96
JJ Buckley, April 2012
52% cabernet franc and 48% merlot off the gravel sand and clay soils on the gentle slope that runs north towards Pomerol. 100% new medium toast oak from 7 different coopers. Fresh yet reserved on the nose with cola and... 52% cabernet franc and 48% merlot off the gravel sand and clay soils on the gentle slope that runs north towards Pomerol. 100% new medium toast oak from 7 different coopers. Fresh yet reserved on the nose with cola and cherry nuances. The palate is all about texture and absolute elegance. The weight of the wine and shade-grown depth to the red fruit imparts a lovely sense of purity. The tannins are balanced and add a refreshing saline quality. A top Cheval Blanc. Will be exceptional as it opens up over the next 5 years and will be worth holding onto over at least the next 10-15 years. Drink 2017-2032.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2011

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.