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2009 Cheval Blanc

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2009 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Every so often, a vintage emerges from the hallowed grounds of Saint-Émilion that transcends the expectations set by even its most historic vintages. The 2009 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc is one such treasure, capturing the essence of its renowned terroir in a way that few others can.


A Vintage Defined by Distinctive Opulence

The ever-graceful 2009 vintage in Bordeaux was defined by an extraordinary growing season, favoring the creation of red wines with both depth and vitality. The 2009 Cheval Blanc carries this exceptional quality, showcasing a harmonious blend of power and elegance. Within this illustrious bottle, we are treated to a symphony of ripe black fruits, layered with hints of truffle and violets, betokening the complex and luxurious edge that typifies Saint-Émilion's finest.

Unveiling such splendid intensity and structure, it is clear that the 2009 offering from Chateau Cheval Blanc has been imbued with every facet needed for long-term investment and unrivalled enjoyment.


The Boon of Ideal Weather

The 2009 vintage benefitted enormously from Bordeaux's weather, which blessed the region with ample sunshine throughout the growing season, leading to perfect ripening conditions. This climatic generosity is etched into every sip; as you partake in the ripe tannins, you are also assailed by a vibrant acidity which promises longevity in the cellar.

On the palate, this esteemed creation provides an unending finish that reverberates with layers of complexity—a testament to the masterful vinification behind one of Saint-Émilion’s most sought-after wines.

A captivating expression of Saint-Émilion's terroir, the 2009 Cheval Blanc achieves a dazzling balance between intensity and finesse. Its collected nature speaks of a wine that will mature gracefully, marking it as an essential corner-piece for any serious wine investor's portfolio—a constellation in liquid form.

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Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Cheval Blanc offers up profound notions of baked blueberries, blackberry compote and crème de cassis with suggestions of chocolate mint, new leather and cloves plus a waft of candied violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is an exercise in elegance with very classy, super fine-grained tannins, beautiful freshness and layer upon layer of mineral-laced blue and black fruits, finishing long and perfumed.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 14 March 2019


This is ethereal. The nose is so perfumed and beautiful, with dried flowers, fresh mint, blueberries and plums that follow through to a full body and incredible power of super fine tannins. It's almost like a Romanee-Conti in texture and length. The fresh acidity makes it bright. It's all about texture. 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Try in 2022.

James Suckling -, February 14th 2012


It will be fascinating to follow the evolution of the 2009 Cheval Blanc versus the 2010 as well as the awesome 2005, 2000, 1998 and 1990. This famous estate’s vineyard is situated at the juncture of Pomerol and the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, facing the two noble estates of l’Evangile and La Conseillante. A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the 2009 Cheval Blanc tips the scales at just under 14% natural alcohol. Its dense blue/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of incense, raspberries, cassis, sweet forest floor and a subtle hint of menthol. Opulent and full-bodied with low acidity but no sense of heaviness, this dense, unctuously textured, super-smooth, velvety, pure, profound Cheval Blanc is impossible to resist despite its youthfulness. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #199 February 2012


Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. What a sophisticated Saint Emilion this is. There is a lot of finesse on the nose with pure Morello cherry, redcurrants and fresh strawberries, all with stunning delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. There is real backbone to this wine, yet it maintains wonderful finesse and poise. The finish is clinically focused with a very long finish. This is a beautifully crafted Cheval Blanc that will reward years of cellaring. Tasted January 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013

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