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  • Country ranking ?

    842
  • Producer ranking ?

    35
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Meatloaf

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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

2003 Vintage: The very hot and rather dry summer promised an exceptional vintage…
Although total rainfall between April and September was close to normal, heavy storms hit the Bordeaux region, miraculously sparing Cheval Blanc. Distinct variations in temperature in a rather mild month of May on the whole, disrupted the flowering. Budburst was early, on 25th March for the Merlot, and 30th March for the Cabernet Franc, and the
mid-point of flowering was on 26th May for both varieties. With the heat wave settling
in through June, mid-veraison came on 25th July for the Merlot and 30th July for the
Cabernet Franc.
Because of the exceptional climate conditions, thinning and leaf removal were reduced to the minimum on some plots. As veraison approached, swelling of the grapes was limited under the effects of the drought, a factor of concentration suggesting that the tannins would be of great nobility. Since 1893, the harvests had never been so early, starting on 1st September and ending on the 14th.
Selection was strict, with just 50% of a 30 hl/ha harvest being chosen to make the first wine.
The 2003 vintage has the great quality and elegance of a work of art of original character.
The wines are rich in tannins and express no signs of hardness thanks to the excellent
ripeness of the fruit.

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2003, even though an extremely hot year, got plenty of plaudits in the early days. Most are a little more reticent these days, but there are some good wines among them. This was one that didn't get a massive plug in the early days, though certainly was up there with the better wines. I remember trying it at the Chateau (apols, but if you'd care to keep quiet, you'll hear me dropping a few more names!) and it blew us all away. Not quite the 2000, but not much is. A seriously intense wine, ripe, concentrated, rich, plenty of tannins and very, very long. Dark berries, cassis, cigar box. It surely has an illustrious future ahead of it and should be one of the longest lived of all the '03s. The main impression of this wine is the wonderful intensity. 96
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

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