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2011 Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion
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About Chateau Cheval Blanc

In 1998, the Fourcaud-Laussacs family sold Chateau Cheval Blanc to Albert Frere and Bernard Arnaut, but not before they stamped an indelible seal of quality on this St. Emilion estate. Today its stellar reputation continues, bolstered by the hard work of Pierre Lurton, also of Chateau d'Yquem.

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2011 Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion

Producer: Chateau Cheval Blanc
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Emilion

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92-94 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2012

(a blend of 52% cabernet franc and 49% merlot):  Bright ruby.  Highly perfumed, knockout nose of strawberry, white pepper and flowers.  Bright and fresh in the mouth yet delineated and firmly structured, with a seamless quality to its red berry, floral and mineral flavors.  This oozes class and grace, finishing long and suave, with very smooth tannins.  Though this 2011 is less structured and powerful than the 2010 version, when Cheval Blanc gets the cabernet franc as it did in 2011, it's simply one of the world's greatest wines.  But chief viticulturalist and winemaker Kees Van Leeuwen told me that 2011 wasn't a walk in the park:  among the estate's many parcels, some had grilled berries and there was huge disparity in the ripening curve between parcels (some were extremely early and others late), leading to a harvest that lasted 23 days, the longest here in memory (normally it lasts 14 to 18 days). 

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.


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