Château Cheval Blanc, 2011

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

Château Cheval Blanc, 2011

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

Volume

Bottle

  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12
£410.00
Qty
Total

£410.00

Information
Grape Varietes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Pierre Lurton and Kees Van Leeuwen Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 102842
Estate Notes

Château Cheval Blanc 2011 was purchased in its original wooden cases, which are also available.

Cheval Blanc is one of only two Saint-Émilion châteaux to be classified as 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) –  Saint-Émilion’s highest appellation.

It was a tricky growing season across the region with early heat and drought, then heavy rains resulting in some uneven ripening, rot and consequently low yields. Generally, wines lacked alcohol and were high in tannins, but as ever, those producers with the skills, extra desire and/or financial resources made some good wines. Careful Fruit handling in the cellar was also crucial due to the high concentration and tannin – so as not to extract too much of either – and those of good practice made wines of freshness and elegance with cellar potential. 2011 will be defined as a mixed ‘winemaker’s’ vintage.

Reviews

"The 2011 Cheval Blanc is one of the more plump, opulent and sexy Cheval Blancs made over recent vintages, and its forwardness, lusciousness and complexity seemingly suggest this wine is on a fast evolutionary track. The wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple/plum color, a medium to full-bodied opulence, a sumptuous mid-palate (atypical for the vintage), and a lush, heady finish. It is a super, complex, evolved Cheval Blanc that can be drunk now or cellared for 15+ years. Bravo!" Robert Parker

"Offers a loamy, dense feel, with the vintage's briary grip tumbled with dark plum, blackberry and black currant fruit. Anise and tobacco notes fill out the finish, which expands steadily with air, showing added range and echoes of bittersweet cocoa and tobacco. Seems to have a lot in reserve." Wine Spectator