Cheval Blanc 2001
Tasting Notes Cheval Blanc 2001
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's 10-Year On horizontal. This is a little pinched on the nose with touches of leather and bacon fat alongside sweet red-berried fruit. Good definition and poise. The palate is medium-bodied with cedar and tobacco-laced red fruits, finely balanced, though showing just a little austerity towards the grippy, dry finish. The aftertaste of dried orange rind and dried blood is very agreeable. Tasted March 2011.
I was surprised by how soft, opulent, even voluptuous the 2001 Cheval Blanc performed out of bottle as this estate's wines tend to shut down when young. Its deep ruby/purple color was accompanied by sweet aromas of cranberries, black currants, menthol, Asian spices, and underbrush. This seductive blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc reveals a lush sweetness, medium body, and ripe, well-integrated tannin. A racy effort filled with personality, it should be at its finest between 2007-2018.