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2000 Château Cheval Blanc

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 99 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • 94 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47387-2000

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Almost callow after the 1928 Prunier Anjou. Served blind with the 1990 and initially definitely richer and more concentrated. Spicy, round and notably fresh. Not really ready and certainly not yet open and pure and seductive.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($450-$745) Good medium ruby. Blackberry jam, tobacco leaf, minerals, violet and shoe polish on the nose. Then very concentrated but painfully tight and closed in on itself, with its cool blackberry and chocolate flavors dominated by its tannic structure. Showing the slightly green, medicinal quality that often characterizes young cabernet franc. Today there's little evidence of the velvety texture or sappy ripeness this wine showed from barrel a year ago, but Cheval's track record suggests that this very intensely flavored wine simply needs time. Finishes very long and gripping, with rather tough tannins. I would expect this to merit a score in the mid-90s with 10 or 12 years of additional bottle aging.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A light menthol hint gives way to bay and tobacco leaf notes, which hold steady throughout, while the core of dark currant and fig fruit flavors takes on a warm, macerated, almost hedonistic feel. The finish has a tarry hint but is very polished and refined overall, with finely beaded acidity and a light iron accent. This is so caressing and languid, you almost lose sight of how long it is. Lovely.'2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2030.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2030
    Author: James Molesworth
    Issue: Web Only - 2016
  • Vinous | Rating: 100

    A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It's frankly hard to move past the 2000 Cheval, because at this point, I want nothing to compete with it.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
    Issue: Nov 2017
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics.
    Drink Dates: 2010 - 2040
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 189
  • James Suckling | Rating: 94

    A very nice nose of blackberries, dark chocolate, and flowers. Full bodied and smokey, with a meaty, mushroom, tobacco, and berry character. Wonderfully long, long finish to this muscular wine with fine tannins. This is still evolving but needs another five or six years. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Monday, March 14, 2011
  • Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 98

    Closed and backward over the past decade, the 2000 Cheval Blanc seems to have turned the corner and is drinking spectacularly well today, with the hallmark elegance and complexity of this estate front and center. Sweet red and black fruits, spice box, dried flowers, and forest floor notes all develop with time in the glass, and it has a balanced, resolved style on the palate that’s a joy to drink. The 2000 is blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, and while mature, it has another two decades or more of prime drinking ahead of it.
    Drink Dates: 2019 - 2039
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue: Up From The Cellar #6 & Misc New Releases
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Drink Dates: (10-30)
    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2011-2033
    Author: Malafronte Michael
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Beautiful aromatics. Distinct notes of dark cherry along with red fruit. Seamless, balanced and exudes pure class. Could have done with a couple more hours decant as it kept improving in glass. Not a rough edge. Hope it puts on a tad more weight with age. 50+10+9+19+9=97
    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Beautiful color. Decanted for 30 mins. Nose was an mixture of evergreen and black fruit. The fruit was inherently cooked and the earth tones were that of old wood and foliage. Palate was more earth than fruit up front, but had a wonderful bluberry and plum finish. Chocolate was also an undertone on the finish.
    Drink Dates: 2015
    Author: Sean K209
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Had at the Inn at Little Washington. Very young and I opened this too early. Decanted over four hours and the best thing about it was the glass coating aromas that never ended. The wine changed nicely over time but it was tough to judge at this early stage. Nutmeg, wet stone, and blueberry pie all mixed together to form a stand out wine.
    Author: cloudon
  • Self | Rating:

    OWC/12
    Author: laser
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.
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 3150 bottles owned
  • 330 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 330 collectors)