2011 Cheval Blanc



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£1,832.00 DP

Average critic rating : 94.89 points

95

95

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! Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014

94-96

94-96

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. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

93-94

93-94

A really beautiful wine with super silky tannins with chocolate, spice, berries and spices. Full body, with super polished tannins and a long, long finish. The first wine from the new winery of Cheval. Very precise. Very polished. Cabernet Franc give the quality. jamessuckling.com

93-96

93-96

Very perfumy, with lovely red and black fruit that's pure and refined. There's a creamy feel, with hints of bergamot, cassis and toasted spice. Long and very suave through the finish. Well put together. Tasted non-blind. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

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19

Deep dark cherry crimson. Delicately floral and fruity, so subtle but gently aromatic. A touch of oak sweetness and spice but very restrained. Very very fine grained, you can feel the tannins but they melt across the palate. There's intensity but it's so TENDER. It's dark-fruited rather than savoury. There's minerality in both taste and texture. Fabulous way to start a day's tasting. jancisrobinson.com

18.5

18.5

A beautiful, understated wine with great depth and intensity. Pure and fragrant with cashmere tannins and great length and line. A resounding success for the first vintage in the new winery. Remains true to style. Drink 2018-2040. Decanter.com

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95-96

From 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak and reached 13% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 65% of the harvest. This is a fresh, elegant style of Cheval Blanc that offers soft, ripe, pure, fresh black and white cherries, floral, spice, truffle, smoke and earthy aromas along with supple textures. While refined and polished, 2011 Cheval Blanc lacks the depth found in 2009 and 2010, but the beautiful sense of purity in the fruit is something to behold. TheWineCellarInsider.com

93-95

93-95

This is a wine with grace and elegance. As expected, the tannins are refined and supple with a firmness that lifts the flavours of herbs and spices on the palate. There is great depth and finesse with a lingering finish that offers a whiff of violets. It is not a powerful Cheval Blanc but it will age well and reward those who will cellar it for at least a decade or more. AsianPalate.com

17.5

17.5

2011 is the debut vintage produced in CB's new state of the art winery. it is a study in balance and understatment: powderfine tannins and pure dark hedgerow fruit. It feels just a little small in the middle at present but providing it fills out a little it will be a truely refined Cheval.



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Cheval Blanc: The Importance

Château Cheval Blanc is widely considered to have created some of the greatest Bordeaux wines ever made. Robert Parker calls Cheval Blanc’s Grand Vin “One of the most elegant and noble wines in all of Bordeaux”, while John Gilman puts it on a par with Pétrus and Ausone as “the Right Bank First Growth”.

 

One of four St Emilion wineries to enjoy the status of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A), alongside Angelus, Ausone and Pavie, Cheval Blanc produces the world’s greatest Cabernet Franc-based wine and is a reference point for the best that can be achieved with the grape.

 

Cheval Blanc: The Insight

Located to the North West of the St. Emilion appellation on the border with Pomerol, Cheval Blanc neighbours a number of high profile estates, including Château Figeac to the South and Château Pétrus and Vieux Château Certan across the border in Pomerol.

 

A third of Cheval Blanc’s Grand Vin is located on the boundary with Pomerol, one third has the same gravelly soil as Graves and the remaining third is a classic St Emilion. The resulting combination of gravel, clay and sand helps shape and define Cheval Blanc’s unique taste. The vineyards are planted with some Merlot and a tiny proportion of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the main event is Cabernet Franc. This, in Parker’s words, leads to “a distinctive lighter, more delicate style” and “aromatic, long-lived wines that represent the quintessential, complex style of Bordeaux”.

 

Cheval Blanc’s Grand Vin has received a number of all-important 100 and 99 point scores from Parker, with the 2010, 2005 and 1947 among the most sought-after vintages. One of Cheval Blanc’s most admired qualities is its longevity, with some of the best examples capable of ageing for fifty years or more.

 

The estate also makes a highly respected second wine: Le Petit Cheval, launched in 1996, which Neal Martin describes as “equal to many a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé” and which has earned very respectable scores from Parker.

 

Finally, Cheval Blanc is unusual in Bordeaux for also making a dry white wine. Le Petit Cheval Blanc was launched with a small number of cases of the 2014 vintage, creating a stir among collectors. Designed to echo the elegance and grace of the Grand Vin and intended to age well, this white wine is one to watch over years to come.

 

Cheval Blanc: The Background

Cheval Blanc’s history can be traced back to the 1830s, when the Ducasse family purchased a patch of land and vines from Château Figeac. This land, combined with a number of parcels bought from other wineries, eventually became the Cheval Blanc estate that we know today.

 

The historic château was built in the late 1800s and is now recognised as one of the most beautiful and classic examples of Bordeaux wine architecture. In 2011 famous architect Christian de Portzamparc led the renovation of the estate’s facilities, including a state-of-the-art winery, barrel cellars, vinification room and tasting area, making Cheval Blanc the envy of all other Bordeaux estates.



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