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Key facts

Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Grape
Bordeaux Blend
Vintage
2009
Producer
LVMH
Winemaker
Bernad Arnault
Stopper
Natural Cork
Special Diet
FineWines
ABV
14

Product Details

Tasting Notes

Consisting of 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Franc the 2009 Cheval Blanc manages to balance concentration with elegance - Very tight, very fine blackberry and plum fruits sit on the palate, complemented with a wonderfully fresh note of dried flowers and notes of spice - A beguiling wine that should be held until at least 2020 before first opening.

James Griswood - Wine Buyer

Expert Opinion

What our expert says

18.5/20 Jancis Robinson

In the press...

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+.

99 Points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate 20/02/2012

Background

Winemaking details

Bernad Arnault

Regional info

St. Emilion is on the right bank of the Gironde. It is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than much of the left bank put together! St Emilion itself is a beautiful, World Heritage Site town, perched on top of a steep limestone and clay escarpment where most of the area's best vineyards are also located. The soils here usually have a higher proportion of clay - something which helps explain why the wines typically are made more from Merlot and Cabernet Franc than the Cabernet Sauvignon wines of the Medoc. However, as noted above, Chateau Figeac is a famous exception to this rule The classification system of St. Emilion is notoriously complex and often controversial. The very best wines are classed either as "St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé" or "St Emilion Grand Cru Classé". Don't confuse the latter with the lesser "St Emilion Grand Cru"

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