2001 - Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2011 - 2022
Case size
6x150cl
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2001 CH CHEVAL BLANC 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x150cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2011 - 2022
Case size
6x150cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £4,934.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2002

    Yields at under 40 hl/ha were relatively low at Cheval Blanc in 2001, and this year there is a slight bias towards merlot (65%), the balance made up of cabernet franc. It was perhaps not as closed up as it sometimes is in March and there was no mistaking the enormous potential of this wine. It is on our desert island wine list.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 96

    The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cheval Blanc's ethereal bouquet of menthol, coffee, wet stones,black cherries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and spice soars from the glass. An equal part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it is medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous texture in addition to high tannins that glide over the palate with no angularity or astringency. While it does not quite reach the perfection of the 2000, it should rival the profound 1998 and 1990. This is not a Cheval Blanc for near-term drinking as it demands at least a decade's worth of cellaring.Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, June 2004,
    Score: 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 wasaccompanied 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.

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Producer

Château Cheval Blanc

Several years ago, 10 of the world's top wine specialists were asked if they could own a wine estate, which one would it be. At least 5 of them said Château Cheval Blanc. Indeed, this château is like no other. Wonderfully silky and smooth yet powerful, Cheval Blanc is often approachable when young yet has the capacity to age for many years. Its unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc (usually 50% or more) accompanied by Merlot has undoubtedly contributed to its allure.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.