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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 229 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Cheval Blanc (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionLibournais
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2030 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cheval Blanc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 96 pts. and median of 97 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by elvinet on 5/26/2015 & rated 97 points: Color cereza picota, ribete granatoso, capa alta y gruesa lágrima bien lenta y suavemente tintada. En nariz muestra una excelente intensidad con unos agradables aromas de fruta madura (predominio de fruta del bosque con frambuesa en compota y arándanos, y algo de ciruelas rojas), los tostados de la barrica son finos y bien integrados, éstos resultan hasta cremosos, notas de vainilla en rama que junto con las notas lácteas muy duraderas que se convierten en toques dulzones (arroz con leche), finos especiados y suaves sensaciones de canela y algo de clavo y nuez moscada, finos balsámicos con algo de eucalipto que le aporta cierta frescura, le siguen sensaciones de chocolate en polvo y cacao puro que acaban de dotarle de finura y personalidad, un fondo muy envolvente en el que vuelven las notas ahumadas de la barrica y la elegancia de la Cabernet Franc. Excelente y suave entrada en boca, fina astringencia que resulta algo láctea y dulzona, notable recorrido de cuerpo medio con una excelente acidez, tostados de la barrica bien marcados pero se muestran elegantes y nada rugosos, taninos algo dulzones, suaves especiados, finas notas balsámicas que le dan algo de frescura, notable longitud y buen volumen, notas lácteas muy agradables, muy sedoso y de buen tacto, buena intensidad y finura pero con cierto carácter, equilibrio entre sus notas amargas y dulzonas, de media complejidad y notable persistencia. Final largo, postgusto de fruta madura y retronasal bien ahumado.

More information: http://www.elvi.net/2013/12/21/chateau-cheval-blanc-2010/ (1771 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 4/19/2015 & rated 91 points: MW Institute 2010 Bordeaux Tasting (Sydney, Australia): Tobacco, forest floor, blackcurrant and cherry on the nose - it does not burst out of the glass but takes a lot of swirling and a lot of patience with a tiny pour for some of its character to emerge. The structure is good and the fruit has class, but at the moment it just lacks a spark to really shine. I tried a small amount from a second bottle and it was the same. Could just be in a bit of a hole, I would not be in any hurry to approach this wine. (1577 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/21/2011 & rated 99 points: An intriguing perfume filled with stone, flowers, blackberry liqueur, dark plums, licorice, smoke, oak and hints of bitter chocolate, asks and receives your attention. Lush, sensuous, silk and velvet drenched fruit drenched with opulence that borders on decadence coat your palate. The pure, intense, sensuous finish lasts at least 60 seconds. This sublime Bordeaux wine has become a better tasting experience since last tasted in April. 98-99 Pts (9315 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 4/22/2011 & rated 97 points: Cheval Blanc Produced from a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc than usual, 56% Cabernet Franc, with the remaining 34% percent relegated to Merlot; that assemblage is similar to what is planted in the vineyards today. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a 3.75 pH, allowing for a rich, ripe wine that is also alcoholic and fresh. Placing your nose into this wine reminds you of walking into a flower shop. The aromatics are further complicated with scents of stone, oak, truffle, caramel and black cherry. Pairing delicacy with power, this is an elegant, deep, wine of finesse, purity and refinement. Part of the reason for the wines success is the long and exacting time spent harvesting the fruit. The estate took three weeks to conclude picking. Previously, they finished the harvest in two weeks. 96-98 Pts (6977 views)
 Tasted by vespasian on 4/4/2011: Quite reticent and closed on the nose. Not giving much today; lovely texture on the palate though fruits are quite shy. Very hard to judge on this showing. (5999 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson
JancisRobinson.com (7/16/2015)
(Ch Cheval Blanc St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/22/2014)
(Ch Cheval Blanc St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2013, IWC Issue #169
(Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
The World of Fine Wine, June 2011, Issue #32
(Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé A) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
(Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/4/2011)
(Ch Cheval Blanc St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2011, Issue #32, The 2010 Bordeaux Vintage: Very Ripe, Very Tannic and With Just A Few Great Successes
(Château Cheval Blanc) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2011
(Chateau Cheval-Blanc (St Emilion)) The assemblage here is 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, and the grand vin accounts for 60% of production. The alcohol is 14.5% here. A very dark core, purple with an intense and narrow crimson rim. This has a brighter style of fruit, and is a real step up from the bolder, firmer Petit Cheval. There are scents of crushed red forest fruits, a little lifted and perfumed, with a lightly chalky and mineral edge, overall very stylish. On the palate it is very polished, showing quite a bold structure though, very firmly composed, but it is harmonious despite the tannic force coming through from underneath the wine. These tannins are ripe and polished but very firm, bold and confident. This is an upright style for Cheval, defined and really impressive, but also extraordinarily masculine and concentrated. It seems to have taken on board everything the vintage could bring in terms of structure and alcohol; and while it is balanced, and technically excellent, I don't find here the ethereal excitement I look for at this level. It could be magnificent given time though.  17.5-18. points
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Château Cheval Blanc

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Cheval Blanc

Their second wine is Le Petit Cheval.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Libournais

Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines

Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

St. Émilion Grand Cru

Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion

 
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