Chateau Cheval Blanc 2003

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 101982
  • WS96
  • WE93
  • ST91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2011
  • WS96
  • RP95
  • ST94
  • 2008
  • RP97
  • WE95
  • ST94
  • 2007
  • ST92
  • WS91
  • RP91
  • 2006
  • WE98
  • WS95
  • RP95
  • 2000
  • RP99
  • WE97
  • W&S95
  • 1983
  • WS97
  • 1953
  • WS92
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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

"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

"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

Learn About Chateau Cheval Blanc Map ItMap It

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 Frere. The vineyard is in a single block, and borders on the Pomerol...

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Learn About St-Emilion

(saint eh-meel-YOHN) Medieval Village, Modern Wine A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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