Chateau Cheval Blanc 2010

Review of the Estate

Château Cheval Blanc (French for "White Horse Castle"), is a wine producer in Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France. As of 2012, its wine is one of only four to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine, along with Château Angélus, Château Ausone, and Château Pavie.

The estate's second wine is named Le Petit Cheval.                  

In 1832, Château Figeac sold 15 hectares/37 acres to M. Laussac-Fourcaud, including part of the narrow gravel ridge that runs through Figeac and neighbouring vineyards and reaches Château Pétrus just over the border in Pomerol. This became Château Cheval Blanc which, in the International London and Paris Exhibitions in 1862 and 1867, won medals still prominent on its labels. The château remained in the family until 1998, when it was sold to Bernard Arnault, chairman of luxury goods group LVMH, and Belgian businessman Albert Frère, with Pierre Lurton installed as estate manager, a constellation similar to that of the group's other chief property Château d'Yquem.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 100 acres

Grape Varieties: 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec

Average age of vines: 39 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 - 7,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 35 - 40 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years


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Robert Parker Cheval Blanc 2010 Review

Score: 100 Points

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. 

Score: 100

 

Chateau Cheval Blanc 2010 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageMay 2011 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Cheval Blanc 2010 £1,512 £2,076 £564 37.30%

Chateau Cheval Blanc Wine List

Cheval Blanc 1990 N/A Cheval Blanc 1992
Cheval Blanc 1993 Cheval Blanc 1994 Cheval Blanc 1995
Cheval Blanc 1996 Cheval Blanc 1997 Cheval Blanc 1998
Cheval Blanc 1999 Cheval Blanc 2000 Cheval Blanc 2001
Cheval Blanc 2002 Cheval Blanc 2003 Cheval Blanc 2004
Cheval Blanc 2005 Cheval Blanc 2006 Cheval Blanc 2007
Cheval Blanc 2008 Cheval Blanc 2009 Cheval Blanc 2010
Cheval Blanc 2011    

 

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