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2000 Cheval Blanc

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2000 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

In the realm of fine wine investment, certain vintages shimmer within their gilt-edged chronicles. The millennium year of 2000 bestowed upon us a bevy of remarkable wines, yet amongst these treasures, the 2000 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc is an entrancing highlight. As someone who has chronicled the evolution of Bordeaux's offerings for decades, witnessing the way in which this exquisite Saint-Émilion has gracefully matured reaffirms its pedigree.

 

A Bordeaux Vintage Worth Indulging In

The splendid conditions of 2000 gifted vintners with optimal growing seasons, culminating in a harvest that has achieved considerable acclaim. Particularly impressive was Saint-Émilion, where Cheval Blanc seized upon nature’s largesse to produce a vintage of profound balance and ripeness. Atop its echelon, the 2000 Cheval Blanc encapsulates the zenith of the estate’s artistry. An intricate melange of Merlot and Cabernet Franc translates into a wine whose complexity is paralleled only by its elegance.

 

Investment-Worthy Elegance: A Sensorial Perspective

Discerning investors have long celebrated the structured finesse that is the hallmark of Chateau Cheval Blanc, and this millennial offering is no different. Its bouquet unfurls layers of dark fruit nuanced with hints of truffle and cigar box - each swirl of the glass delivers an olfactory poem. Upon tasting, the sumptuousness of firm tannins interlace with a silky-textured procession of blackberry, cherry compote, and subtle herbal undertones – a gentle whisper of its distinct terroir.

The library of one's sensorial memories gladly archives such as this 2000 Cheval Blanc. With years caressing its contours, it’s clear this wine comfortably resides within the annals of investment-grade vintages, having attained both rarity and desirability. Every connoisseur looking to broaden a portfolio would do well to consider including this vintage. It promises not just a journey into the history of Bordeaux excellence but sustains an impressive potential for future value appreciation.

 

Concluding Thoughts on a Millennium Marvel

As we navigate through the tapestry of exemplary vintages, few possess the celestial grace as found in the 2000 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc. There lies within its ruby depths an articulate story of climatic fortune and vinicultural finesse – an enduring narrative sure to enrapture collectors and enthusiasts alike. To hold this vintage is to cradle a piece of oenological splendour synonymous with status-quo-defying Saint-Émilion wine-making.

Market price (CAD)

$14,150.00

12x75cl

Highest score

99

POP score

447.89

Scores and tasting notes

99

Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010

95

The Cheval Blanc 2000 continues to age at a glacial pace, although the aromatics are open with lovely blackberry and graphite scents, here augmented with a hint of undergrowth and autumn leaves. The palate is full-bodied with precise, poised tannins that give this wine wonderful focus and drive. It is very fresh with a core of opaque dense black fruit at its heart. There is a sense of compactness to this Saint Emilion that urges you to cellar it for another decade…it promises to repay your patience. Tasted December 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

94

A very nice nose of blackberries, dark chocolate, and flowers. Full bodied and smokey, with a meaty, mushroom, tobacco, and berry character. Wonderfully long, long finish to this muscular wine with fine tannins. This is still evolving but needs another five or six years. Find the wine

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, March 15th 2011

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