Château Cheval Blanc, 2010

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

Château Cheval Blanc, 2010

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6


Grape Varietes: Cabernet Franc 54%, Merlot 46% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Pierre Lurton and Kees Van Leeuwen Optimum Drinking: 2019-2040 Reviewer Rating: 100 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 102894
Estate Notes

Château Cheval Blanc 2010 was rated a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker and was purchased in its original wooden cases. A great wine from a great vintage.

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

2010 was another great Bordeaux vintage, following on from the sensational 2009 vintage, and it may well end up the equal of (if not surpassing) both 2005 and 2009 – with so many wines showing a perfect balance of fruit, tannins, acidity and alcohol. It was a different vintage to 2009, and 2010 Bordeaux generally warrant greater ageing.


"The 2010 is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs I have tasted in 34 years in this profession. The final blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot has the tell-tale berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings. The wine exhibits more structure and density than it did from barrel, and it was already remarkable then. The foresty/floral notes seem to linger and linger in this surprisingly full-bodied, powerful Cheval Blanc, yet it possesses a very healthy pH that should ensure enormous longevity. Dense purple in color, and a bigger, richer wine than usual, this is one Cheval Blanc that will probably need a decade of cellaring. I like the description from the estate’s administrator, Pierre Lurton, who said it tasted like “liquid cashmere,” a perfect expression, despite the wine’s structure and intensity. This is another 50-year wine from this amazingly structured, rich vintage." Robert Parker