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Cheval Blanc 2010

Cheval Blanc

Case Format: 6x75cl

Max score: 100.0

The leading estate in Saint-Émilion, Château Cheval Blanc has continued to create beautifully complex wines that are unrivalled in terms of finesse, flavour and cellaring potential. Unusual for Saint-Émilion, Cheval Blanc uses majority Cabernet Franc in its blend (c.52%), resulting in a wine that is fresh, elegant and delicate. The 39-hectare estate is divided into 45 different plots where each one is treated differently to account for the age of the vines, soil type and more. Their rich terroir is formed of gravel, clay and sandy soils all which sit atop a sedimentary rock – this unusual mixed terrain is what allows Cheval Blanc to stand out. Château Cheval Blanc are committed to honouring the land that produces their magnificent wines and at the forefront of recent work has been an unwavering commitment to biodiversity and agroecology in a bid to allow the vineyards to thrive and to ensure the longevity of the estate amidst the ongoing crisis of climate change. Expect a gorgeous and expressive wine wrapped in velvety tannins and laced with aromatics. Each requires a minimum ten years of bottle age, with the best vintages lasting for 50 years or more.



Neal Martin

The stellar Cheval Blanc 2010 has a very precise bouquet, not powerful but exuding a brooding intensity. It is very well defined with hints of honey and dried violet petals in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a wondrous spicy entry, perfectly judged acidity, real weight and heft on the back palate that fans out as if there is no tomorrow. This is a huge wine, totally compelling, a behemoth destined to mature over years rather than decades. Tasted January 2014.

Jancis Robinson

Dense blackish garnet with only the lightest evolution at the rim. Exceedingly intense, opulent nose with the suggestion of a spice cabinet about it though definitely some Cabernet influence. Opulent texture - velvety - but far from heavy. Definitely refreshing and definitely Cheval. A classic. Reminds me of the great ripe vintages of old. Opulent but fragrant with the tannins nicely and effectively covered by the precise, ripe (by no means overripe), well-judged fruit. You could certainly start to drink this but I suspect it has a glorious future.


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