Red

2008 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

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

  • HowardNZ Likes this wine: (93 points)

    March 15, 2014 - Only a glass drunk. Colour impenetrable red/black. Perfumed bouquet, better on bouquet than palate at this early stage. I could happily sniff this for hours. Notes of blackberry, bramble, blueberry, leather saddle, tobacco leaf, Provençal herbs, with a hint of violets. Merlot/Cabernet Franc 50/50, but no plum or other typical Merlot aromas detected. On palate, quite austere, very primary and closed, so very hard to assess at this early stage. Bright and fresh with prominent acids. Not much more than medium weight but with real concentration and power on the mid palate. Flavours tending red berried: raspberries, red cherries and cranberries, some soil. Fine grained tannins but a little hard and drying on the finish. A lot of elements to integrate over the next 10+ years. I was slightly underwhelmed, as compared with say the 2010 Pontet-Canet. Probably unfair to score this young, but 93.

  • Nutty08 wrote:

    April 3, 2012 - 2012 Bordeaux Trip; 4/1/2012-4/4/2012 (Bordeaux, France): From an enomatic machine and in 2oz samples. Unknown when bottles were opened. No detailed notes. My first taste of Cheval Blanc. Great exotic cab franc dominated nose . Very acidic palate, bright red fruits with polished fine tannins. Slightly austere, but fleshy enough as it coats the mouth though the finish was shorter than expected. Clearly, very young and difficult to assess. Needs 10+yrs.

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (97 points)

    July 18, 2010 - 2008 Cheval Blanc produced from a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc is another 2008 that improved over the past year. The intense perfume is filled with fresh herbs, cassis, plums, black cherries, exotic spice and spring flowers. Very classy and stylish, this elegant, sophisticated, balanced, rich and velvet textured wine offers freshness, purity and an evocative combination of red and black fruits. 97 Pts

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (96 points)

    August 1, 2009 - 08 Château Cheval Blanc is 50% merlot with 50% cabernet franc. Deep ruby with some purple accents, the wine was produced from low yields. Fresh flowers, oak, spice, and licorice on the nose. Soft, elegant, and rich, with round tannins and good structure and depth. This elegant wine ends with a long, fresh, pure, polished blackberry and black raspberry note. 94-97 Pts

  • peternelson wrote: (94 points)

    November 5, 2007 - Regency Club: Subtle brown-burnt sienna color; youthful, fresher woods and small berries; brighter than 99; prune, blk currant; very structured mth; grt a’s, silky. Cranberry in there, hint of lite choc. dust; long silky fin.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/19/2012 (link)

    (Ch Cheval Blanc St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2011, Issue #157 (link)

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  • June 2009, Issue #24 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/14/2009 (link)

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    May/June 2009, Issue #144 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2009 (link) (18.5-19.) points

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) Deep, meaty, smoky, intense and complex. Brilliantly perfumed and aromatic, fabulous purity and fine, lifted aromas. The palate comes on in the same vein; huge substance, a smoky-meaty depth of fruit, bright, linear and defined structure. Broad, rich and dense, with a profound backbone of fine tannins. This has amazing style and is one of my favourites of the vintage without doubt. This will be a truly great wine.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2012 (link) 18.5 points

    (Château Cheval-Blanc (St Emilion)) A smoky and lightly nutty nose here, far more restrained than the exuberant, brilliantly perfumed barrel sample I tasted four years ago. The palate is supple and confident at the start, well defined, with an upright frame for the fruit which runs through onto the midpalate. This has a very well structured middle, fresh and with good grip and substance. Although it might not be as expressive as it was during the primeurs this wine has all the definition and shape that I recall and it should be very fine with appropriate age. Restrained but also assured.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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 194 (19%)
  • In Cellars 692 (69%)
  • Consumed 124 (12%)

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