Red

2011 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • steinersing wrote: (94 points)

    June 3, 2016 - Surprisingly pleasant early drinking wine

  • RajivAyyangar wrote: (94 points)

    January 20, 2016 - Institute of Masters of Wine - 2011 Bdx Tasting (Hyatt, San Francisco): 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot

    This was my first time tasting Cheval Blanc. You'd better believe I was paying attention.

    Distinct in style from other St. Emilions. Neither Right Bank nor Left Bank. Cab Franc dominant (Even though this vintage had 48% Merlot).

    More aromatically intense and complex than the Angelus, with absolutely classic floral stewed bell peppers - ripe and sweet. It's somewhat lighter in the mouth, more comparable to the Margaux's, but with high tannins and an impressively long finish.

    The acid is just moderate - it didn't have the nervoux verve that some of the more powerful wines had, especially from Pauillac, St. Estephe. Overall it wasn't obviously a tremendous wine, but I found it right up my alley. If you like the gloriously developed Chinons of Raffault, the old Taluaus, then you might like this more powerful take on Cab Franc.

    It called to mind a more powerful version of the 1990 Olga Raffault Chinon, with slightly more oak presence, more length, and more persistent structure.

    Score: Around 9.5. I don't know what this will do in time, but setting aside the hype this was some seriously delicious juice right now.

  • Papies wrote:

    November 3, 2015 - The Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Bordeaux Tasting - 2011 Vintage (Vintners Hall, London): Not a very developed wine at all, especially on the nose. Shy , closed, not singing. Obv very young and to be honest barring the name nothing really of interest here at this stage. At least it felt it had balance and hopefully time will help it catch up to its price.

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  • La Cave d'Argent Likes this wine: (94 points)

    October 23, 2015 - 2015 New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/19/2015-10/27/2015 (New York City, NY): A deep ruby blend of 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot, this wine offers a perfumed nose of lavender, dark bramble fruit, plum, incense, bay leaf and licorice. Medium-to-full-bodied, freshly acidic and with silky tannins, it delivers flavors mirroring the nose and shows no alcoholic heat. Layered in the middle, it closes with a smooth, long finish. This charming Cheval Blanc will not require extensive cellaring to reach plateau. Drink 2018-2035.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (95 points)

    April 24, 2012 - 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. 95-96 Pts

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    Mar/Apr 2012, Issue #38, The 2011 Bordeaux Vintage Unprecedented Conditions Lead to Very Mixed Quality, But With Some Truly Outstanding Gems to Be Found

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  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2012 (link) (17.5-18.) points

    (Château Cheval-Blanc (St Emilion)) The traditional dominance of Cabernet Franc here at 52%, with Merlot to balance at 48%. A fine and floral purity on the nose here, sweet and fragrant, open and yet showing concentration. There is a lovely smoky purity to it, very clean, very floral, and certainly suggestive of ripe Cabernet Franc, with a fine violet tone to it. This is cool, pure and fragrant, and those violet tones keep popping up on the palate as well. A classic style, with great polish, a supple character, and some elegance too. A very complete texture and stance through the midpalate, with a fine and ripe fruit character, draped over the rich, velvety but nicely composed tannins. There is a very confident potential here.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 117 (18%)
  • In Cellars 523 (81%)
  • Consumed 6 (1%)

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