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  • Country ranking ?

    52
  • Producer ranking ?

    4
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    casseroles of lamprey and of shad & Bordeaux style

This was a hot year in which the grapes reached a perfect degree of ripeness. The resulting wine is thus dark-coloured, smooth, deep, and intense.

2009 Cheval Blanc has an intense crimson colour and a subtle bouquet that is both fruity and flora. It also displays notes of fresh fig, blackberry, and red fruit such as raspberry, as well as hints of violet found in great vintages.

The wine is delightful on the palate thanks to its power, richness, body, and concentration. Blessed with superb balance, 2009 Cheval Blanc displays an incredible combination of power, delicacy, ripeness, and freshness. Complete and complex, it is above all smooth.

A vintage to age for a very long time, its complex bouquet will undoubtedly blossom over time. The wine's intrinsic freshness and power will undoubtedly remain unchanged.

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The Story

Whether by design or by pure chance, there are in the world exceptional places. Cheval Blanc is one of these. Combining a unique soil with a symbiotic mix of grape varieties, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Cheval Blanc produces a wine, which has the rare quality of being good at any age. It is without doubt one of the most consistent wines in the world. Cheval Blanc's unique identity is due to its varied soils, early-ripening microclimate, the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard, and the close proximity of the finest wines of Pomerol.

Château Cheval Blanc has the rare ability to be good at whatever age. It is enjoyable young or as much as a century old in certain vintages. However, a great wine only reveals its full potential and all its subtle nuances after several years in bottle. It takes time to show its true colours and before reaching its peak. Every vintage of Cheval Blanc is made according to the traditional philosophy that great wine needs to age.
It should nevertheless be said that wines with ageing potential go through several periods, and that each one has its own type of attractiveness. This is all part of Château Cheval Blanc's fascinating complexity. Three different bottles of Cheval Blanc from the same vintage drunk at five, twenty, and forty years of age will each show a different facet of the same wine, variations on the same lovely theme. A bottle of fine wine meant to age is like a library of flavours that develop throughout its existence.
Wine is a "cultural" beverage that is very much alive and develops countless nuances over time. That is why this long waiting period needs to be respected. It is crucial to the wine's evolution, so that it can deliver its very best.

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Vintage 2009

2009 was a warm, dry year, but not to excess. Wonderfully ripe grapes account for this very great vintage of Château Cheval Blanc which is tremendously smooth with impressive concentration and exuberant richness.  This wine leaves a strong impression and will continue to do so for many years​.

The vegetation cycle started in rainy conditions, followed by a long period of drought from mid-July through to mid-September.

After two days of rain on 19th and 20th September, the weather was remarkably dry and settled until the end of October. Over the course of the vegetation cycle, temperatures were slightly higher than normal. The months of June, August and September were quite hot, alternating with remarkably cool nights.

Budburst came at the end of March for the Merlot and in early April on the Cabernet Franc vines.
Flowering and veraison came very close together. The first plots of Merlot were harvested from 15th September onwards. The Cabernet Franc was picked between 28th September and 7th October. The changeable weather early on in the season required careful monitoring to avoid any contamination by downy mildew.

The risks then receded, however, as the dry weather settled in July. Water stress slowed down growth of the shoots and limited the size of the grapes, two essential conditions to make a great vintage.Leaf-stripping was carried out on the east-facing side of the rows as soon as flowering had finished. Thinning was also carried out twice, once on berry set to spread the bunches out over the vines, and again on veraison to ensure more consistent ripeness levels. The grapes were harvested in a condition close to perfection. During harvesting, each of the plots reached ideal ripeness levels thanks to the goodweather. Grape-picking was staggered, harvesting each plot only when daily tasting ofthe grapes showed it was really ready.

Drought conditions in July and August contributed to making the grapes more concentrated,while the mild temperatures in August and September helped them reach excellent ripeness levels.Cool nights in July, August and September preserved all the freshness and aromatic complexity of the harvest. Put these three factors together and you get a great vintage. When harvest time came, the ripeness of the grapes was amazingly consistent, and they had great balance, always the sign of a perfectly ripe crop.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2013
673€ -2.7% 692€ -9.5% 765€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Ruby red and Bright

ending

Long, Round and Pure

flavors

Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Leather, Earthy, Mineral and Dried-fruit

nose

Youthful, Fresh, Opulent and Refined

taste

Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Full-bodied, Firm, Harmonious and Perfumed

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red, and looking bright and deep. On the nose it is wide, youthful, refined, fresh and opulent. The taste is perfumed, firm, powerful, harmonious, full-bodied, with perfectly balanced, well-structured, concentrated structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has perfumed, leather, mineral, spice, viscous, tropical fruits, blackcurrant, vanilla, earthy and dried-fruit flavours. The finish is long, round, lingering and pure. This wine is sophisticated, impressive and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least over 4h before tasting.
  • 97p

Intense spices, cedar, tobacco, blackberries. This is a phenomenal wine with complex layers of flavours that unveil itself from the onset. The nose is enticing with its numerous sweet spices and cedar, earthy notes. A very impressive Cheval Blanc with a very long finish and a long life ahead. Keep at least 10 years before enjoying.

  • 99p

Tasted on the 27th January 2017 in Copenhagen, a bottle from Duclot (negociant who owns Petrus) Bordeaux Collection case of 9 bottles in vintage 2009. Double decanted at 3pm, we tasted it app. 6 hours later. Like Petrus 2009 in same tasting, this wine tasted closed down with cacao powder aroma, minerality, freshly prepared coffee, leek and much sweetnes. It was much more expressive in April 2014.

  • 97p

Information

Origin

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2009  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

Intense spices, cedar, tobacco, blackberries. This is a phenomenal wine with complex layers of flavours that unveil itself from the onset. The nose is enticing with its numerous sweet spices and cedar, earthy notes. A very impressive Cheval Blanc with a very long finish and a long life ahead. Keep at least 10 years before enjoying.

4m 15d ago

97p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2009  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

Tasted on the 27th January 2017 in Copenhagen, a bottle from Duclot (negociant who owns Petrus) Bordeaux Collection case of 9 bottles in vintage 2009. Double decanted at 3pm, we tasted it app. 6 hours later. Like Petrus 2009 in same tasting, this wine tasted closed down with cacao powder aroma, minerality, freshly prepared coffee, leek and much sweetnes. It was much more expressive in April 2014.

7m 20d ago

98p
 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2009  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

Tasted in April 2014. This wine had a great aromatic nose of black cherries mixed with grated Varlhona chocolate, excellent acidity and minerality, velvety structure, strong backbone and structure, fruit and tannin possessed excellent ripeness and were fat. Great sophisticated touch to this wine. Exceptional stuff.

8m 13d ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2009  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Ruby. Ripe, scented, barrel spices. Blueberries, vanilla, oak a bit showy, exotic behind. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively palate, rich, intense and nuanced, layered and very complex, very long. 97"

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 2009  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Ruby. Exotic dark fruits, intense, detailed, rich, intense, layered and nuanced, leather, anise, fruit in abundance. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, ripe, detailed, nuanced, playful, ripe, rich, superb texture, has added layers since my last bottle, extremely long. 2025-2075 "

1y 10m ago

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