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Bordeaux

2000 Cheval Blanc

A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It’s frankly hard to move past the 2000 Cheval, because at this point, I want nothing to compete with it. Read more
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Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

A wine of exquisite aromatic depth and grace, the 2000 Cheval Blanc is fully captivating. All the elements fall into place in an effortless, gracious wine. It’s frankly hard to move past the 2000 Cheval, because at this point, I want nothing to compete with it.

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99 POINTS
Peter Moser - Falstaff Magazine
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Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

The 2000 Cheval Blanc was pure seduction. Espresso, plums and graphite were some of the many notes that emerged from this warm, expressive Cheval Blanc. Immensely harmonious and balanced, the 2000 was firing on all cylinders. Although I am quite sure the 2000 will continue to evolve positively, I also can't blame those who want to enjoy it today. Everything was simply in the right place.

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Wine Spectator

A light menthol hint gives way to bay and tobacco leaf notes, which hold steady throughout, while the core of dark currant and fig fruit flavors takes on a warm, macerated, almost hedonistic feel. The finish has a tarry hint but is very polished and refined overall, with finely beaded acidity and a light iron accent. This is so caressing and languid, you almost lose sight of how long it is. Lovely.--Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2030.

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Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2000 Cheval Blanc is a wine that I have encountered more than a dozen times. Now at just over 20 years of age (how time flies - I remember tasting this from barrel), it has a lovely, quite beguiling bouquet of brambly red berries, iron rust, Provençal herbs and clove, powerful and somehow enveloping. The peppery palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, stocky tannins and good backbone, though coming after a vertical of recent vintages, it feels more rustic and feral. As Pierre-Olivier Clouet noted, there are fewer "pixels" in this millennial Cheval Blanc, but you can’t help falling for its charms. Ready to drink now but will age for the next 20–30 years. Tasted at Cheval Blanc.

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James Suckling

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

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Ian D'Agata - Vinous

(a blend of 53% merlot and 47% cabernet franc; 43 h/h): Deep ruby. Penetrating blackcurrant, menthol, herbal, cocoa and tobacco aromas. Rich, ripe and dense, with a chocolatey, voluptuous mouth feel but also plenty of acidity to provide lift to the blackcurrant, plum and licorice flavors. Dominated by its merlot component, this wine finishes long and suave, with lingering notes of blackberry and black truffle. Although it's hard to resist this wine's thick creamy fruit, amazing balance and very polished tannins, I find it lacks the sheer complexity of great vintages of Cheval Blanc in which cabernet franc is prevalent. Finishes very long, and still extremely young.

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Jancis Robinson MW

Almost callow after the 1928 Prunier Anjou. Served blind with the 1990 and initially definitely richer and more concentrated. Spicy, round and notably fresh. Not really ready and certainly not yet open and pure and seductive. Score: 17/20

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Almost callow after the 1928 Prunier Anjou. Served blind with the 1990 and initially definitely richer and more concentrated. Spicy, round and notably fresh. Not really ready and certainly not yet open and pure and seductive. Score: 17/20 Jancis Robinson MW

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Winemakers Note

Cheval Blanc: Pioneering Excellence The roots of viticulture at Cheval Blanc extend back to the 15th century. In 1998, two devoted wine enthusiasts, Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère, united their passions to acquire this historic gem nestled in Saint-Emilion. Spanning 39 hectares, the vineyard's borders have remained unchanged for over a century and a half. This remarkable inheritance is a vibrant mosaic comprised of 45 distinct parcels. The terroir's distinctiveness arises from a harmonious blend of fine, clay-rich soils, and gravelly terrain. It's this unique combination that has made Cheval Blanc renowned for its unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc, the principal grape variety since 1911. Cheval Blanc stands as a pioneering force in agroforestry. Recognizing the imperative of preserving the fragile yet enchanting ecosystem for future generations, the dedicated teams, under the guidance of Pierre-Olivier Clouet, undertook transformative practices. They embarked on a mission to introduce an abundance of trees within the vineyards, championing biodiversity and rejuvenating the soil's fertility.

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