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Château Cheval Blanc (1,500ml) 2009

$5750.00 per bottle

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"Cheval Blanc, which is translated into 'white horse', has a long, coluorful history in St-Émilion that is traced all the way back to 1832. That was the year the Ducasse family purchased land from the much larger estate of Château Figeac. Prior to its rebirth as Cheval Blanc, the vineyard was better known as Le Barrail de Cailloux, which is loosely translated into 'the barrel of tiny stones'.

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"Cheval Blanc, which is translated into 'white horse', has a long, coluorful history in St-Émilion that is traced all the way back to 1832. That was the year the Ducasse family purchased land from the much larger estate of Château Figeac. Prior to its rebirth as Cheval Blanc, the vineyard was better known as Le Barrail de Cailloux, which is loosely translated into 'the barrel of tiny stones'.

"The original vines purchased from Figeac became the genesis of what many people think is the best wine of St-Émilion, Château Cheval Blanc. At that time, back in 1832, Figeac was owned by Countess Félicité de Carle-Trajet. In those days, Figeac had grown to a massive 200-hectare estate. It was the Countess who decided to sell portions of their holdings to interested buyers. The breakup of Figeac helped create a myriad of new St-Émilion winemaking estates for numerous interested buyers. That explains why so many châteaux include the word 'Figeac' as part of their name. However, the owners of what was to become Cheval Blanc wanted eventually to establish their own identity that was separate from Figeac."

— The Wine Cellar Insider

Robert Parker
Robert Parker
99

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-Émilion, 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 colour 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+.

Name Château Cheval Blanc
Vintage 2009
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Classification 1er Grand Cru Classé 'A'
Grape Varieties Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 1,500ml
Average Age of Vines 45 years old
Production 100,000 bottles
Soil Clay over limestone
Winemaking 21-28 days' fermentation and maceration in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete vats
Ageing 18 months in 100% new oak barrels with racking every 3 months
Website https://www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com/
Food Pairings Duck; Game Animals; Beef
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years