2001 Cheval Blanc 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Premier Grand Cru Classe A/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch
2001 Cheval Blanc
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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($195-$220) Full medium ruby. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, lead pencil and cocoa powder. Rich, full, sweet and penetrating, with vibrant flavors of purple berries and bitter chocolate. Broad and full, but the wine's harmonious acidity and floral element give it an impression of delicacy. Offers a lovely combination of fat middle and gripping aftertaste. I would expect this wine to continue to put on weight in bottle.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 93

I was surprised by how soft, opulent, even voluptuous the 2001 Cheval Blanc performed out of bottle as this estate's wines tend to shut down when young. Its deep ruby/purple color was accompanied by sweet aromas of cranberries, black currants, menthol, Asian spices, and underbrush. This seductive blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc reveals a lush sweetness, medium body, and ripe, well-integrated tannin. A racy effort filled with personality, it should be at its finest between 2007-2018.

Drink Dates: 2007-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 153

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Wine Spectator | 92

Dark and intense, with blackberry, plum and light vanilla aromas. Subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with plenty of berry and vanilla character and a long, silky finish. Very racy. Very refined and long. Love the caressing texture. Close to the 2000 in quality.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 95
Author: Steve Bachmann
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/21/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2020
Site Blog: The Wine Collector The 2001 Cheval came in 2nd (after Pavie) in a 7 wine line-up in my tasting group (after Pavie). Great wine but Pavie is over $100 cheaper...
Score: 96
Author: Sechang P
Trust Rating: 71
Tasted On: 08/27/2009
Not expected, but great with dark ruby red and deep flavor
Score: 92
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/07/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Needs a few more years. but excellant now
More Vintages and Sizes of Cheval Blanc:

2000 (750ml)
1998 (750ml)
1994 (750ml)
1990 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Cheval Blanc, a 1er Grand Cru Classe (A), is the most renowned and sought-after producer in the St. Emilion appellation of Bordeaux. The estate's 37 hectares yield primarily Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with small percentages of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard soils consist of sand, clay and gravel; the clay soil lending opulence and the gravel more tannin structure to the wine. Cheval Blanc is characterized by aromatic complexity such as Asian spice and finesse that lasts through the finish. This Cabernet Franc-based blend has the staying power to age at least 10 to 50 years for the best vintages.

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