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    Chateau Cheval Blanc 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends - St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

    Ratings

    • WS96
    • WE93
    Price: $425.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 96 Wine Spectator, 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Item no. 101982

    Winemaker's Notes:

    There are places in the world which are made exceptional by history and chance. Cheval Blanc is one example. In the 18th century a large area of the current estate of Cheval Blanc was covered in vines. This can be seen on a map drawn up by Bellayme in 1764. one century later, a period of slow renovation began. In 1871, adjacent plots were acquired, giving the vineyard its definitive layout. drainage system and planting of the cabaret franc grape variety.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Blackberry, mineral and lightly toasted oak. Subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet fruit character and ultrarefined tannins. Goes on and on. Gorgeous and seductive. Best after 2009. 5,055 cases made.

    96 Points
    Wine Spectator

    There have been more complete Cheval Blancs than this, but this 2003 does have power. Huge fruit, huge solid tannins, concentration - maybe some charm would create a better wine. 92-94

    93 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Good full, deep red. Sexy aromas of mocha, tobacco and milk chocolate, with a suggestion of roasted nuts. Suave, fine-grained and sappy, with lovely vinosity in the context of this heatwave vintage. Redcurrant and milk chocolate flavors linger impressively on the finish, which shows noteworthy energy and length, with sweet tannins. With its high percentage of 55% cabernet franc, this was very closed at the beginning, notes Berrouet, but is now "more human." But today I don't find enough complexity to merit an even higher score.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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