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  • Country ranking ?

    104
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Grilled Steak and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread

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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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Wine Information

The spring 2000 was mild and wet through until mid-May. After a hot, dry month of June,July was rainy once again. Then came a long, dry period starting on 27th July and lasting until the end of the harvests. Although wet springs mean pressure from downy mildew at the star t of the vegetation cycle, flowering went smoothly thanks to the return of dry weather from 17th May onwards.
The dry weather in August and September brought growth to an early halt (mid-August),getting the grape ripening process off to a good
start.This continued in the best conditions possible thanks to the excellent weather in late summer.

The ripe grapes were remarkably balanced, with particularly high sugar and anthocyanin content, despite rather heavier grapes than in 98 and 99. The quality of the grapes was consistent throughout the vineyard. The grapes were harvested in sunny conditions from 14th to 29th September, with just one day's rain on the 20th. The blend for Cheval Blanc was 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc. Despite consistent quality levels, strict selection was carried out to guarantee an excellent 2000 vintage.

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Vintage 2000

BORDEAUX 2000 – A  DREAM VINTAGE

Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.

During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.

While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.

 

2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.

All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.

Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2010 2005
698€ -4.6% 732€ -40.0% 1 219€ +122.0% 549€

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

16 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Purple

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Blackcurrant, Coffee, Toasty, Mineral and Floral

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Ripe and Firm

Written Notes

Tasted twice - last time in May 2019. It displayed lots of blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries. Silky and soft tannin and gorgeous sweetness of fruit. Magnificent depth, incredibly many nuances and refinement combined with fantastic length on the palate. Masterly made wine, which will delight wine-lowers for many decades to come because of its exceptional balance. This was in 2003 when this wine was just a little baby. 16 years later, this wine is still kicking ass, a monumental one, still timeless and seamless. At least 50 years more to experience a dream of the vintage!

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Cheval Blanc 2000 / A deep red. Rich aromas of spice and fresh raspberries, strawberries and blackberries open up to reveal roasted overtones and hints of vanilla, bay leaf and leather. This wine begins with fresh flavours that soon give way to more powerful and tighter sensations. The finish is long and intense, with silky tannins melting in the mouth.

This vintage – 53% merlot and 47% cabernet franc – benefited from warm, dry weather leading up to the harvest. The winter in 2000 was wet and mild, and the spring temperate but rainy. A dry and warm June was followed by a wet July, after which a long dry spell set in. Rigorous grape selection, expert blending and ageing in 100% new oak resulted in this outstanding wine.

Distinguished by its power and intensity, Château Cheval Blanc 2000 has tremendous ageing potential. Developing beautifully, this vintage is considered one of the maison’s finest.From a complex terroir and unique in Saint-Émilion, the peerless Château Cheval Blanc – one of only four producers in the region to achieve Premier Grand Cru Classé A status – crafts wines of unmatchable quality.

You have a charming bouquet, deep rich fruit, herbs, cocoa and some tobacco. It opens with utter encompassing seduction, tightly knit as it still is. You have palate notes of coffee and plums, with slightly dry tannins. Then, mulberries and the pervading brisk acidity become increasingly evident. You then get some coconuts, and the luscious texture hints at greater unfolding depth. Towards the finish the palate is awash in blueberries, violets and a touch of caramel. It finishes with a creamy elegance, a wine of great fanfare, clearly suggesting an alluring, hedonistic future. 94 Points+

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Pierre Lurton is not a man who indulges in hyperbole, but for him the Millennium year is “a great vintage – c’est bien!” As with the 2001, this is deeply coloured. A very closed, youthful nose displays conspicuous new oak aromas, with Merlot again to the fore – the 2000 blend is 53% Merlot with 47% Cabernet Franc. Patient probing reveals more complexity, with licorice and tar aromas lurking in the depths. The palate is also very closed and tight at the moment, but the immense concentration and length of this wine are still apparent. There is a clear family resemblance to the 2001 in the flavours, notably the berry fruits that come through on the palate, but the structure is vastly superior, particularly the very fine tannins and outstanding length. The 2000 Cheval Blanc is still youthful and is clearly built for the long haul, but it already impresses with its concentration, opulent fruit and silky structure, even if ultimately it perhaps lacks the sheer finesse of other Cheval Blanc vintages. 96
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Information

Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

3h

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