Another special wine for collectors and as a gift for someone special. Cheval Blanc 2000 has reached its drinking window but will last for another 15 to 20 years!
2000 was fairly warm and very dry. The wines are concentrated and powerful. Coinciding with the change of centuries, this is an excellent vintage with an outstandingly intense bouquet.
Aged in 100% new oak. The final blend consists of 53 % Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc. Despite the uneven quality, a very rigorous selection was made during blending (only 55% of the crop went into the grand vin), and 2000 Cheval Blanc is of truly outstanding quality.
Chateau Cheval Blanc's tasting notes (tasted in 2010):
'This was a warm, very dry year that enabled the grapes to ripen beautifully. The wine is concentrated, powerful, and very intense. The colour is quite deep. The rich, complex nose features wonderful aromas of spice and fresh fruit: raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, etc. The bouquet opens up further to reveal roasted overtones and hints of vanilla, coconut, bay leaf, and leather. Truffle and tobacco nuances denote tertiary development. The wine starts out straightforward and fresh on the palate with fruity and liquorice flavours. The middle palate is powerful and tight. The silky tannin melts languorously on the palate, leading into a long, intense aftertaste. Unusually, this vintage of Cheval Blanc highlights power and intensity. It is a very great wine with tremendous ageing potential that will go down in history as one of the château’s finest.'
Varieties: Merlot and Cabernet Franc
Region: St. Emilion, Bordeaux