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Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend Wine 2009
With a massive concentration of bramble fruit and a high level of firm, ripe<br/>tannins adding structure, Cheval Blanc was one of the most masculine wines that<br/>we tasted on the Right Bank during the 2009 en primeur tastings. Dense, earthy<br/>with a dark olive, almost sweet 'n' sour twist, this was a big,<br/>complex wine with many layers of flavour rippling across the palate towards the<br/>toasty finish. Very impressive indeed, this was one of the best Merlot-dominant<br/>(60%) wines we tasted in 2009.
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Château Cheval Blanc is one of the rare Bordeaux properties to stay in a single family for over 150 years.
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The harvest for the 2009 Cheval Blanc began in mid-September and finished on October 8. One of this estate's greatest wines, the 2009 (58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc) came in at 13.5% natural alcohol (some lots were as high as 14.5%). The wine exhibits sumptuous aromatics of subtle menthol intermixed with caramel, black raspberries, mulberries, kirsch, and cassis. With a stupendous opulence and a fleshy mouthfeel, but no heaviness or fatigue, this dense wine is staggeringly concentrated, very full-bodied, powerful, and silky smooth. Irresistible already, it is almost frightening to think how compelling this beauty should be in a few years.
The present-day Cheval Blanc vineyards had vines at least as far back as the 18th century, as shown by Belleyme's map of the region dated 1764. Nearly a century later, the estate was acquired by the Fourcaud- Laussac family, who owned it until 1998, when it was sold to Mr Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère. The vineyard is in a single block, and borders on the Pomerol appellation. An outstanding terroir and unusual proportions of Cabernet Franc and Merlot give this great wine an absolutely unique flavour. Chateau Cheval Blanc has had a greater number of outstanding vintages than any other classified great growth over the past century.Another unusual characteristic of Cheval Blanc is that once it reaches its peak, it maintains it for a very long time. This admirable wine is powerful, soft, rich, round and silky. It has tremendous fruit and elegance as well as exceptional quality from year to year. This timeless and superb wine is like no other.
the 2009 (58% Merlot and 42% Cabernet Franc) came in at 13.5% natural alcohol (some lots were as high as 14.5%). The wine exhibits sumptuous aromatics of subtle menthol intermixed with caramel
A record 65% of the harvest was dedicated to the grand vin this vintage. From a 60/40 blend of merlot and cabernet franc they achieved what they considered to be high alcohol level of 13.9. Deeply concentrated spicy fragrance coming from the high portion of franc. Medium full palate weight there s a hint of earthy terroir combining some creaminess in an elegantly focused presence on the palate. While there s along finish to be found the fruit presence falls a touch short to reveal some fine tannins on a firm finish. Chuck Hayward.
A record 65% of the harvest was dedicated to the grand vin this vintage. From a 60/40 blend of merlot and cabernet franc, they achieved what they considered to be high alcohol level of 13.9. Deeply concentrated spicy fragrance coming from the high po... Chuck Hayward. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2009 Cheval Blanc 750ml