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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Chateau Cheval Blanc (scuffed labels) 2001
Chateau Cheval Blanc (scuffed labels) 2001
(search item no. 86410)
collectible wine
older vintages

Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $499.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 99 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 97 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1998 James Suckling rating: 100 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1983 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
1982 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1979 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1953 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A dark, intense red colour. While red fruit dominates, the intense bouquet reveals scents of wild berries and blackcurrant, leading into fine woody hints. The attack on the palate is vinous and the harmonious structure offers plenty of body in the mouth. The mid-palate impression is one of outstanding fruit. The finish is remarkably long and fresh.
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About Chateau Cheval Blanc:

The present-day Cheval Blanc vineyards had vines at least as far back as the 18th century, as shown by Belleyme's map of the region dated 1764. Nearly a century later, the estate was acquired by the Fourcaud-Laussac family who owned it until 1998, when it was sold to Mr Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère.

The vineyard is in a single block, and borders on the Pomerol appellation. An outstanding terror and unusual proportions of Cabernet Franc and Merlot give this great wine an absolutely unique flavor. Château Cheval Blanc has had a greater number of outstanding vintages than any other classified great growth over the past century.

Another unusual characteristic of Cheval Blanc is that once it reaches its peak, it maintains it for a very long time. This admirable wine is powerful, soft, rich, round and silky. It has tremendous fruit and elegance as well as exceptional quality from year to year.