Chateau Cheval Blanc St. Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe A 2006
1er Grand Cru Classe "A" property from Saint-Emilion with state of the art cellar and facility deisgned by French architect Christian de Portzamparc. The estate consists of 39 hectares divided into 45 plots. Each one is treated like a separate vineyard because of the differences in the age of the vines, grape variety and soil type. This "tailor-made" winemaking means that vats correspond exactly to individual vineyard plots and is conducive to fine-tuning the final blend of the wines. There is extreme attention to detail throughout the winemaking process.
Post fermentation, the wine spends 16 to 18 months in long rows of barrels in a vast underground cellar. Each barrel is numbered and replaced every year, they are made exclusively from French oak trees aged 180-300 years old.
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View video intro of 2006 vintage by Technical Director, Pierre-Olivier Clouet
97 points Wine Enthusiast
95 points Wine Advocate
95 points Wine Spectator
18 points Jancis Robinson
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? That's for sure. Tasted January 2016. Drink 2012-2030 Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.
*Images by Monica Yu
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