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2006 Chateau Cheval BlancBlend from France

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  • 97 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 95 Wine Spectator
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97

"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London.The 2006 Château Cheval Blanc is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc. It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? That's for sure. Tasted January 2016. "

95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and l’Evangile at the very edge of the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal, boysenberries, black currants, and hints of cocoa and caramel. Lush, textured, and opulent with superb purity, medium to full body, savory flavors, and sweet, sexy tannins, this stunning Cheval Blanc may be even better than the 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030."

95 Wine Spectator

" Displays lots of milk chocolate, cedar, berry and cappuccino aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, this is structured and layered for the vintage. Mouthpuckering. Needs time. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Best after 2015. "

Product Detail

Item # 92677
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-Region St. Emilion
Ratings

97 - Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

95 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

95 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2006
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast and tar
Nose tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee and leather