Château Cheval Blanc 2008


Robert Parker, Wine Advocate 95/97 pts – In time, the profound 2008 Cheval Blanc will rank alongside this estate’s great successes of 2005, 2000, and 1998. A harvest that began at the end of September and concluded October 19 has produced a wine with the 1998’s complexity and the power of the 2000. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2008 reveals an ethereal nose of subtle menthol intertwined with spring flowers, plums, black currants, and sweet cherries. The wine’s seamlessness is enthralling, and, despite the late harvest as well as late malolactics, it is already displaying admirable complexity. This is a beautifully complete, full-bodied Cheval Blanc that dances across the palate with the finesse of a world-class ballerina. Analytically, there is plenty of tannin, but it is totally integrated. While the acids are slightly elevated, they are not noticeable. A tour de force! This wine should evolve for three decades or more.

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Winery Profile:
Château Cheval Blanc is one of the top most prestigious wineries of St. Emilion and produces the most famous Cabernet Franc based wines in the world. It’s location in the northwest portion of Saint Emilion on the Pomerol border plays an important role in the voluptuous quality of Cheval Blanc. Indeed, it exemplifies the best qualities of both regions. At least 10 years of ageing is recommended.

Region: Bordeaux, France
Grapes: Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Volume: 750ml