Chateau Cheval Blanc 2006 (12 x 750mL), St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France.

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1er Grand Cru Classé (A), St-Emillion

Not the 2005 concentration, but 2006 is powerful and rich.

A vintage marked by contrasting weather conditions. From April to September, temperatures were 2C above seasonal norms. In August, temperatures fell and in September, after an eight-day heat-wave with temperatures exceeding 30C, the rain started. The weather conditions of the 2006 vintage were very good for vine development and ripening of the grapes. Great care during harvesting was necessary due to the challengeable weather conditions. Budburst occured in the first week of April. The mid-flowering to mid-veraison interval was normal, at 60 days. Between mid-veraison at the end of July and the harvest, the interval was 46 days, which is alos normal in Bordeaux. Harvesting started on 15th September and went on non-stop through to 28th September. The inconsistent weather in 2006 produced grapes of great quality but also very fragile grapes due to the successive periods of heat and rain, making constant sorting in the vines and the winery a necessity.

By early September, the ripeness of the grapes was exceptional. The average potential alcohol content of the Merlot was over 14° with a good acidity level. Although some dilution phenomena were noted due to the rain, the excellent soils, plot selection and human skill got the better of the ups and downs of the weather.

2006 was a highly technical vintage in Bordeaux and the results were uneven. Strict sorting of a rather small harvest due to severe thinning (28 hl/ha) made sure that Cheval Blanc kept all the exceptional potential of the vintage. The quality was identical for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, and the synergy between the two in the blend is perfectly evident.

FRA - Bordeaux

Expert Reviews

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. Rating 95 - Drink 2012 - 2030 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (FEB/2009)

Very dark crimson. Light, quite mellow scent. Very sweet black cherry start. Rich and appealing. Dry as dust on the end with a mineral note. Long-term wine. Rating 17/20, Drink 2016 - 2030 - Jancis Robinson MW, (JAN/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes


Lovely intense colour of crushde blackcurrant.


The bouquet is powerful and charming with very ripe fruit scents. There is a distinct touch of Virginia tobacco in the aromas of Cabernet Franc, dominated by fruit.


The tannins are mellow and harmonious, and very long-lasting in the mouth.

FRA - Bordeaux
Grape Style
Other Red Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

Premier Grand Cru Classé (A)

A very fine Bordeaux property in St-Emilion. In 1832, Henriette Ducasse married Libourne négociant Jean Laussac-Fourcaud, bringing with her 12 ha/30 acres of land including part of the narrow gravel ridge that runs through Figeac and neighbouring vineyards and reaches Petrus just over the border in Pomerol. This became Ch Cheval Blanc, which, in the International London and Paris Exhibitions in 1862 and 1867, won the medals still prominent on its labels. In 1892, Albert reversed the order of his double surname, and it remained in the Fourcaud-Laussac family until 1998 when it was sold to Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, and Belgian businessman Albert Frère. Pierre, one of the young Lurtons, was made régisseur in 1991.

The vineyard is of 41 ha, with 36 ha under vines: 55 per cent Cabernet Franc vines, 45 per cent Merlot, and no longer any Malbec. The average production is about 8,000 cases; Petit Cheval is the second wine. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc, a variety felicitously originally favoured by Jean Laussac-Fourcaud which has proved particularly well-suited to the soils of Cheval Blanc, gives the wines a deep colour and a rich, concentrated blackcurrant bouquet and flavour. Although excellent wines were made towards the end of the 19th century and before the First World War, the property's international reputation was made with the 1921, which had enormous concentration and sweetness. Other very successful wines were made in the 1920s, and even in 1934 and 1937, but its more modern fame was achieved with the rich, porty 1947. Consistently good wines have been made with few exceptions ever since, although, like other St-Émilions and Pomerols, they usually do not last as long as the top red wines from the médoc and the Graves.

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