Ex-cellar Château Cheval Blanc back vintages

Wine Source Group Exclusive

 

We are extremely proud of our unique relationship with Château Cheval Blanc. As their top partner in the UK, we are in the privileged position of having access to the Château’s older wines and big bottles, unavailable elsewhere with such perfect provenance and storage. We are delighted to offer today an exclusive parcel of Château Cheval Blanc back vintages, allocated to us directly from the splendid cellars of the Château itself

To buy, please contact tom@wine-source.com, hugues@wine-source.com or hamish@wine-source.com

The Château

The glorious history of this Château dates back to 1832, when it was a family-owned estate, until its acquisition by Bernard Arnault in 1998. As of 2009, it became a part of the LVMH Group, and it is currently under the administration of Pierre Lurton, one of the most talented winemakers in Bordeaux. Cheval Blanc stands out as one of the most exceptional Bordeaux properties of both the left and right banks, and not just thanks to its 1er Grand Cru Classé A ranking. Its vineyards are planted with the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc (57%) of any quality estate in the region, with Merlot (39%), Malbec (3%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (1%) making up the balance. The Château owns the most modern winemaking facility in the whole of the Bordeaux area; a spectacular cellar designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc and comprising no fewer than 52 vats. This allows the attentive, hands-on oenology team at the Château to create their blends with the utmost precision according to terroir and vintage. This extreme attention to detail means that their production is much smaller than other 1st Growths (circa 80,000 bottles, compared to left bank 1st Growths making nearer 200,000). It need hardly be said that the wines are in great demand the world over.

Tasting notes

2000 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £4,200
One of the all time great vintages of Bordeaux and at Cheval, mature now and just perfectly balanced. 53% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc. Drink now - 2040. 99 Parker points.

2003 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £2,300
A famously warm year in Bordeaux which gave ripe, fleshy and rich wines, with leather, spice and tobacco box. An affordable and fully mature vintage. 44% Merlot, 56% Cabernet Franc. Drink now - 2024. 92 Parker points. 

2004 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 3x150cl in bond £2,400
A sleeper vintage, overshadowed by the fame of 2005, but offering outstanding value next to its big brother. A long-term, brooding and powerful Cheval, with great structure and dark, concentrated fruit. 45% Merlot, 55% Cabernet Franc. Drink now - 2040+. 92 Parker points.

2005 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £3,600 / 3x150cl in bond £3,700
A mythical Cheval, from a truly great (perhaps the greatest) vintage. The only older vintage to be awarded the coveted 100 points from Parker is the 1947 Cheval Blanc - currently selling for around £10,000 per bottle. 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Franc. Drink now - 2045+. 100 Parker points.

2006 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £2,300 / 3x150cl in bond £2,400
A sleeper year for Cheval, where the wine punched way above the vintage’s weight and an absolute favourite of ours at Wine Source. Mineral, dark and tense, this is outstanding value. 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. Drink now (decanted) - 2045. 97 Parker points.

2008 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £2,300 / 3x150cl in bond £2,400
Cheval Blanc and St Emilion really flourished in 2008, which was a difficult year for other communes. Elegant, floral and feminine, this is another value Cheval to be enjoyed now and for another 15 years. 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc. 93 Parker points.

2009 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £4,260 / 3x150cl in bond £4,320
For many the greatest vintage ever in Bordeaux. 2009 was rich, velveteen, layered and stunningly complex, giving huge charm in youth but enormous longevity. 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Drink now - 2050+. 99 Parker points.

2010 Ch. Cheval Blanc, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ - 6x75cl in bond £4,950 / 3x150cl in bond £5,010
Incredibly 2009 was followed by what many collectors to be an even superior vintage. 2010 is mineral, floral, perfumed, silky, lifted and overall an unbelievably well balanced marriage of elegance and power; “liquid cashmere” - Pierre Lurton. 46% Merlot, 54% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2020 - 2060+. 100 Parker points.