2001 Château Cheval Blanc
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I was surprised by how soft, opulent, even voluptuous the 2001 Cheval Blanc performed out of bottle as this estate’s wines tend to shut down when young. Its deep ruby/purple colour was accompanied by sweet aromas of cranberries, black currants, menthol, Asian spices, and underbrush. This seductive blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc reveals a lush sweetness, medium body, and ripe, well-integrated tannin. A racy effort filled with personality.
Château Cheval Blanc
One of the most highly-regarded estates of Saint-Émilion, Château Cheval Blanc is situated in the furthest northwest corner of the region, bordering Pomerol.
Of all the Bordeaux appellations, Saint-Émilion has the greatest diversity of terroir. However, the majority of the vineyards are planted on soils with a high percentage of clay. This favours the growth of Merlot, which is then usually blended with Cabernet Franc instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, as it is on the Left Bank. Generous, flattering wines are produced here, providing accessible, often earlier-drinking selections.
As with most of the quality viticultural areas in Bordeaux, the vineyards of Saint-Émilion are classified according to quality. However, the classification system, unlike what is applied to the properties in the Médoc ...
Bordeaux is France's most celebrated wine region. With 120,000 hectares under vine and producing over 700 million bottles of wine per year, Bordeaux is not only the most illustrious area, it is also one of the largest wine producing regions on earth.
Although most Bordeaux wines are classified as table wines or Bordeaux Supérieur, the region is better known for being the source for some of the world’s most prestigious fine wines. These include the five distinguished First Growths: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion, and ...
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