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THE TOP 100 COLLECTIBLE WINES

#2 - 2010 Chateau Cheval Blanc Bordeaux

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Described by Pierre Lurton as "liquid cashmere", wines from Chateau Cheval Blanc are the definition of luxury. The estate is one of only four producers in the world to receive the Premier Grand Cru Classe A distinction, the highest possible honor awarded to any Saint-Émilion vineyard. In popular culture, this vineyard is shorthand for high-quality wine, being the drink of choice for the debonair spy James Bond. The Chateau Cheval Blanc property can be divided into three distinct areas, each with different qualities: Graves, featuring gravel-rich soil; Pomerol, along the estate's boundary; and traditional Saint-Émilion.

The grand vin on this estate produces fewer than 6,000 cases per year on an expansive 41 hectares. The blend on the 2010 vintage is 57 percent Cabernet Franc, 40 percent Merlot, and a balance of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Around the same time that this estate unveiled its excellent 2010 Chateau Cheval Blanc vintage, it also introduced a new cellaring technique. Chateau Cheval now has more vats than it does plots, giving it precise control over the vinification of its vintages. With three distinctive soil terroirs on its campus, and 44 individual parcels distributed annually, Chateau Cheval Blanc's newest cellaring techniques will likely produce more near-perfect wines on par with the 2010.