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Château Cheval Blanc




St Emilion

Grape Blend:

Merlot | Cab. Franc

Château Cheval Blanc, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2009

6x75cl £3,400.00

2 cases

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Tasting Note:

Pierre Lurton has overseen many wonderful vintages at Cheval Blanc, but has he ever witnessed anything like 2009 during his tenure? This is an enormous but very classy Cheval Blanc produced from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. The nose is high toned with aromas of chocolate cherries, redcurrants, slatey minerality, a whiff of violets, blackberry fruit, earth, savoury notes and a hint of cigar smoke. The palate possesses wonderful concentration with layer after layer of strict, focussed fruit. This is tight knit and tense with a serious cool black fruit attack. Beneath the massive extract lies a more feminine side to this wine. There is a charming minerality as well as enormous complexity to this wine. There is wonderful tension in the 2009 Cheval Blanc. A muscular, big, impressive Cheval that will surely last for decades.
"It will be fascinating to follow the evolution of the 2009 Cheval Blanc versus the 2010 as well as the awesome 2005, 2000, 1998 and 1990. This famous estate’s vineyard is situated at the juncture of Pomerol and the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, facing the two noble estates of l’Evangile and La Conseillante. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Cheval Blanc tips the scales at just under 14% natural alcohol. Its dense blue/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of incense, raspberries, cassis, sweet forest floor and a subtle hint of menthol. Opulent and full-bodied with low acidity but no sense of heaviness, this dense, unctuously textured, super-smooth, velvety, pure, profound Cheval Blanc is impossible to resist despite its youthfulness. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+." 99/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199

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