2001 Château Cheval Blanc
- 93 WA
- 92 WS
- 92 IWC
- 85 JR
Red Bordeaux Blend
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Dark 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.Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93I 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.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17Mid dense ruby. Sweet start but a little fossilised. No immediate seductive appeal. Frozen in aspic. Solid but you'd need to lean over backwards to justify the price. A bit brutal at this point. Though there is a rather enticing finish actually.Author: Jancis Robinson
Self | Rating: 92Needs a few more years. but excellant nowDrink Dates: 2009-2020Author: NC
Self | Rating: 96Not expected, but great with dark ruby red and deep flavorAuthor: Sechang P
Self | Rating: 95The 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...Drink Dates: 2008-2020Author: Steve Bachmann
White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of and , and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of .
is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.
The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as , , and in and . These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 652 bottles owned
- 139 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 139 collectors)