Château Cheval Blanc 2000
"...palate has a sublime entry, almost understated until a wave of intense dark cherry and iodine crashes onto the back palate. Velvet smooth in the mouth, this is clearly a vin de garde..." eRobertParker.com
|Grape Blend||Merlot 53%, Cabernet Franc 47%|
|Winemaker||Pierre Lurton and Kees Van Leeuwen|
Château Cheval Blanc 2000 comes from a great Bordeaux vintage in which the fine red wines of Saint-Émilions were deeply concentrated, with power and fine tannic structure for considerable ageing.
Cheval Blanc is one of Bordeaux's most desirable wines, with a rich and illustrious history protected and currently being built upon by Pierre Lurton, one of Bordeaux's most talented winemakers. Under the current owners and rigorous stewardship of Lurton, Cheval's 30+ year old vines are treated naturally, including no herbicides and natural fertiliser. Green harvesting and rigorous selection ensure that only the finest fruit reaches the cellar where the produce from each vineyard plot is vinified separately to preserve the character of each terroir.
Such attention to detail means that this luxury label doesn't come cheap, but with Cheval you are not paying for a label but the quality behind it.
"An ex-chateau bottle, this is the best bottle of Cheval Blanc 2000 that I have encountered in several years. Coming directly from the chateau, it has a backward, sultry bouquet that demands coaxing form the glass, but it eventually reveals wonderful delineation and brooding power with scents of dark plum, fireside hearth and anis. The palate has a sublime entry, almost understated until a wave of intense dark cherry and iodine crashes onto the back palate. Velvet smooth in the mouth, this is clearly a vin de garde that has a very long future ahead." robertparker.com