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  • Country ranking ?

    78
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    truffled white pudding

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The weather this year was ideal, with all the parameters for a very great vintage combining concentration, freshness, and finesse.

2010 Cheval Blanc has a dark, intense colour and a superbly deep, complex, and concentrated nose typical of great Cabernet Franc. The bouquet displays seductive floral and fruity aromas, along with fresh fig, blackcurrant, blackberry, and raspberry, as well as notes of bergamot and mint. With aeration, more floral notes appear, especially violet.

The flavour is assertive from the very first, with fine-grained tannin that melts in the mouth. The wine is rich, compact, and silky on the middle palate. Tastes typical of great Cabernet Franc, and that only the greatest wines of Bordeaux can provide, come to the fore - particularly subtle floral nuances, such as violet. The aftertaste is never-ending and remarkably fresh. The power and richness of the vintage are kept in check by this delicate freshness that accounts for a perfect balance between concentration and finesse, right up until the end of the long finish.

A complete and very complex wine, 2010 Cheval Blanc's outstanding balance will enable it to age for many years.

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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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2010 is an outstanding vintage. It was among the driest on record and cool evenings made it possible to pick grapes at optimum ripeness. The resulting wine combines concentration and finesse, and is perfectly balanced. When it reaches its peak, will it be even better than the illustrious 1947 Cheval Blanc?

Vintage 2010 was a year of distinctly seasonal weather. Winter was long and rigorous, punctuated by frost and cold waves between December and mid-February. This was fairly comparable to 2009.

Spring was on a par with the seasonal average, and the months of April and May were bright and sunny. It rained a great deal in June, whereas the weather was dry and hot in July, August and September. In fact, 2010 was the driest vintage of the past decade, but was cooler than either 2005 or 2009. Bud break took place in early April for Merlot and mid-April for Cabernet Franc. Vine growth thereafter was slow and gradual. Mid-flowering occurred on 1 June for Merlot during weather that was cool and rainy, which caused coulure (shot berries).
Taking advantage of several days of more clement weather, Cabernet Franc flowered well and over a short period. In July, the very dry weather put a stop to vegetative growth, which is an essential factor in the quality of the 2010 vintage.

The first plots of Merlot were picked on 20 September and Cabernet Franc was harvested between 29 September and 4 October. The exceptionally dry weather and cool nighttime temperatures meant that each plot and each vine could be picked at optimum ripeness. 2010 featured every facet of an ideal vintage: flowering and fruit set were precocious and quick for Cabernet Franc, water stress set in both early and gradually (starting in July and calling a halt to vine growth, to the advantage of ripening), and the grapes ripened completely thanks to dry weather and cool evenings without excessive daytime temperatures.

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Vintage 2010

Drought and cool temperatures contribute to optimal ripeness

The sum of summer temperatures in 2010 was close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but decidedly chillier than those of 2005, which totalled 1052°C. These cool temperatures had a substantial influence on the balance of our wines, preserving a good level of acidity and attractive aromatic freshness. 

Very little rainfall (only 267 mm) from March to August 2010 generating a drought of similar intensity to that of 2005, when only 227mm of rain fell. 

Another feature of the 2010 vintage is the low temperatures above all in the first three weeks of August, which made for the preservation of good levels of acidity in the grapes while also maintaining attractive aromatic freshness.

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Average Bottle Price

2017 2015 2014
764€ -4.7% 802€ +4.3% 769€

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

24 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Long, Extensive and Pure

recommend

Yes

taste

Warming, Perfectly balanced, Well-structured, Concentrated, Full-bodied, Focused, Fresh and Vivid

Verdict

Full-bodied and Impressive

Written Notes

The 2010 is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs I have tasted in 34 years in this profession. The final blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot has the tell-tale berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings. The wine exhibits more structure and density than it did from barrel, and it was already remarkable then. The foresty/floral notes seem to linger and linger in this surprisingly full-bodied, powerful Cheval Blanc, yet it possesses a very healthy pH that should ensure enormous longevity. Dense purple in color, and a bigger, richer wine than usual, this is one Cheval Blanc that will probably need a decade of cellaring. I like the description from the estate’s administrator, Pierre Lurton, who said it tasted like “liquid cashmere,” a perfect expression, despite the wine’s structure and intensity. This is another 50-year wine from this amazingly structured, rich vintage.

  • 100p

Not especially deep crimson. I think this is TCA-affected unfortunately although the fruit on the front palate – before it all tightens up – is pretty spiffy, with Pierre Lurton’s famous ‘cashmere tannins’. What a shame! This score assumes that the TCA is absent – which is rather difficult to do! It certainly has a lovely texture and real savour. Long.

  • 93p

Wow'ed by Cheval Blanc 2010, Parker had high praise for the Chateau saying that the vintage "is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs [he has] tasted in 34 years in this profession." After barrel tasting in 2011, Parker awarded the wine a 96-98+. A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, Parker lauds the wine's "berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings." This wine has incredible aging potential

  • 100p

A dark, intense red. Aromas of fig, blackcurrant, blackberry and raspberry – as well as bergamot and mint – are revealed. Assertive at first sip, this wine’s fine-grained tannins melt in the mouth. Flavours typical of exceptional cabernet franc, such as violet, come to the fore. The lengthy finish is remarkably fresh, providing excellent balance.

The splendid 2010 was among the driest seasons on record in Bordeaux, and the grapes – 50% cabernet franc, 48% merlot and 2% cabernet sauvignon in this blend – were naturally concentrated. The harvest was extended, with vineyard workers able to pick plot by plot, allowing each varietal to reach its ideal level of ripeness. The blend was aged in new oak barrels for 18 months.

Perfectly balanced between finesse and concentration, this magnum of the 2010 vintage from Château Cheval Blanc encapsulates the maison’s exceptional savoir-faire.

Ruby. Dense, almost opaque nose at first, needs serious air to open up, rich and lush, exotic, deep. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, spices, layered, rich, intense and deep, spicy, incredible concentration yet nuanced and layered. Extremely long. 99

  • 99p

The 2010 Cheval Blanc gives off notes of violets, roses, cedar, tobacco, spices and blackberries, resulting in a very aromatic wine, with rich, velvety tannins and a density that is prominent on the mid palate and finish. More restrained in style than the 2009, this is a classic, precise wine built to last for many decades. While the 2010 is wonderful I have a slight preference for the 2009, which has more sex appeal, perhaps on account of its much higher Merlot content - 60%, compared with only 44% in 2010.

  • 98p

Good deep colour, vanilla white chocolate, still very primary, with purity and precise red fruits undulating through. Really beautiful expression of perfumed elegance here; on the nose, coconut, the palate is super polished, creamy dense a real blockbuster but so elegant. The alcohol? This is profound, probably the finest I have ever tasted. Very long 98/100

  • 98p
Tasted in April 2014 at the chateau together with Cheval Blanc's technical director, Pierre Olivier Clouet. 2010 was his third vintage he was responsible for. This wine had a great aromatic nose of black cherries mixed with grated Varlhona chocolate, stunning acidity and richness, velvety structure, strong backbone and structure, fat fruit and tannin with perfect ripeness. Incredibly sophisticated wine. Liquid velvet or liquid silk, your choice. Heavenly stuff.
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TASTINGNOTE Utan tvekan det bästa Cheval Blanc sedan 1998 och en av de framtida legendariska viner från slottet. På den här nivån är inget annat vin som visar en sådan fantastisk kombination av mjukhet och livlighet. Tanniner är extraordinära. Som helhet är vinet komplext och elegant med anmärkningsvärt fin struktur, med intensivt och kraftfulla djup. Mycket mogen, rostad mörk frukt på näsan, men utan överdrifter, övermognehet eller russinkaraktär, rik, koncentrerad och tät, med en vital "röd frukts"-syra som ger hjälp till frukten; mörk fruktmognad, med en tät mineralkärna, inramad av fina, fasta tanniner, mycket lång och komplex i munnen med stor ihärdighet i avslutningen. En Cheval av stor densitet och en tydlig men fullständigt raffinerad maskulin stil. Omedelbart förförisk, köttig sensualitet, och med ett långsiktigt löfte. Enkelt kompakt. En underbar Cheval, med stor räckvidd, närvaro, längd och framtidsutsikter. Kommer att behöva 15 år plus. MOGNAD 2025–50.
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

2h

Inside Information

Wine Advocate #205
Feb 2013
Robert M. Parker, Jr. 100 Drink: 2023 $959-$2545 (1000)
The 2010 is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs I have tasted in 34 years in this profession. The final blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot has the tell-tale berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings. The wine exhibits more structure and density than it did from barrel, and it was already remarkable then. The foresty/floral notes seem to linger and linger in this surprisingly full-bodied, powerful Cheval Blanc, yet it possesses a very healthy pH that should ensure enormous longevity. Dense purple in color, and a bigger, richer wine than usual, this is one Cheval Blanc that will probably need a decade of cellaring. I like the description from the estate’s administrator, Pierre Lurton, who said it tasted like “liquid cashmere,” a perfect expression, despite the wine’s structure and intensity. This is another 50-year wine from this amazingly structured, rich vintage.

 

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