Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.551 ratings
9.517 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Joe D'Angelo

The 2005 Château Cheval Blanc is a masterpiece and could ultimately go down as one of the greatest wines ever from the Estate. Composed of 51% Merlot and 49% Cabernet Franc, this opens to simply stunning aromas of ripe dark dark and blue fruits, along with fresh violets, crushed wet stones, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of spices that all come together to form the seductive nuances. This full-bodied red is every bit as stunning on the palate, as it is beautifully structured, with incredible overall balance and finesse that makes it nearly impossible to resist. It goes on to thoroughly impress, showing a remarkable combination of power and elegance as it leads up to the long enveloping finish. The 2005 is certainly mesmerizing today, however it also possesses the potential to age marvelously and should offer a drinking window that spans across decades.

The 2005 Château Cheval Blanc is a masterpiece and could ultimately go down as one of the greatest wines ever from the Estate. Composed of 51% Merlot and 49% Cabernet Franc, this opens to simply stunning aromas of ripe dark dark and blue fruits, along with fresh violets, crushed wet stones, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of spices that all come together to form the seductive nuances. This full-bodied red is every bit as stunning on the palate, as it is beautifully structured, with incredible overall balance and finesse that makes it nearly impossible to resist. It goes on to thoroughly impress, showing a remarkable combination of power and elegance as it leads up to the long enveloping finish. The 2005 is certainly mesmerizing today, however it also possesses the potential to age marvelously and should offer a drinking window that spans across decades.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Stephen Solaka

Black fruits, leather, and tobacco. Still quite young. Bottle had been opened for a day so was more approachable.

Black fruits, leather, and tobacco. Still quite young. Bottle had been opened for a day so was more approachable.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Tom Kobylarz

One of the most prized Right Bank Bordeaux from the legendary Cheval Blanc, these were in great shape and strutting their stuff, both plenty open but indicating to me decades of life ahead of them.

The 2000 was especially complex, showing more range in complexity with a little more length and density. The 2005 was concentrated and pure, brimming with black and red fruit, licorice and a trace of rock and mineral buried under the fat of a generous weather vintage.

#chevalblanc #saintemilion #cabernetfranc
#merlot

One of the most prized Right Bank Bordeaux from the legendary Cheval Blanc, these were in great shape and strutting their stuff, both plenty open but indicating to me decades of life ahead of them.

The 2000 was especially complex, showing more range in complexity with a little more length and density. The 2005 was concentrated and pure, brimming with black and red fruit, licorice and a trace of rock and mineral buried under the fat of a generous weather vintage.

#chevalblanc #saintemilion #cabernetfranc
#merlot

Oct 20th, 2016
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

Dark chocolate and dark fruit nose. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum transiting into red fruits, herbs, spice. Still a baby.

Dark chocolate and dark fruit nose. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum transiting into red fruits, herbs, spice. Still a baby.

Apr 29th, 2016
Jim Wallick

Very young but a beauty in the making

Very young but a beauty in the making

Mar 22nd, 2016
Daron Watson

such class ~ soft, plush, fruity, tannins made of flower petals ~ gorgeous...and growing

such class ~ soft, plush, fruity, tannins made of flower petals ~ gorgeous...and growing

Dec 6th, 2015
Gus Kalaris

I should have known better that to open this infant. Wound tight!

I should have known better that to open this infant. Wound tight!

Dec 19th, 2014
Cathrine Todd

2005 has a richer body than normal but still with the classic dried leaves character I get from CB. More black fruit than red or purple and a dusty earth instead of wet earth which means for me they are lighter and roll around my head. Stunning.

2005 has a richer body than normal but still with the classic dried leaves character I get from CB. More black fruit than red or purple and a dusty earth instead of wet earth which means for me they are lighter and roll around my head. Stunning.

Oct 29th, 2014
Daniel Toral

Sommelier Lippi Restaurants

8.9

So complete, fruit, texture, acid, body, VA. Game & cassis. Need to check back in 10 years

So complete, fruit, texture, acid, body, VA. Game & cassis. Need to check back in 10 years

Oct 21st, 2014
Sang Ho Park

Medium high body, cinnamon, blackberry, vanilla, cherry, dry apple, red grape skin. Balanced

Medium high body, cinnamon, blackberry, vanilla, cherry, dry apple, red grape skin. Balanced

Nov 13th, 2018