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2008 Château Cheval-Blanc, 1.5ltr

Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased from a private collector

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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

...a pure, elegant bouquet that unfurls with each swirl of the glass. It offers a smorgasbord of red fruits: wild strawberry, touch of kirsch, cranberry... new oak is seamlessly integrated... succulent tannins are ripe & rounded... Superb.

95Vinous / IWC

...has a very precise, mineral-driven bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, energetic and incredibly focused...medium-bodied with fine tannin... There is great concentration and yet conversely it feels bright and fresh... Towards the finish there are subtle hints of bay leaf and cedar...

94+ Stephen Tanzer

..aromas and flavors of licorice, cherry pit, bitter chocolate & black cardamom. Lush & sweet in the mouth but with terrific definition & grip. This very young wine is most impressive on the vibrant, mounting, palate-saturating aftertaste..

93Robert M. Parker Jr.

...a winner from this underrated, classic vintage. Notes of forest floor, Asian plum sauce, black currants, sweet cherries and spice are followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with deep fruit, admirable purity...

93Wine Spectator

This isn’t shy about letting a tobacco leaf note weave in and out, while the core of red currant, damson plum and bitter cherry grows and fleshes out as this airs. The long finish lets mineral, red licorice and mesquite check in as well

16.5+ Jancis Robinson

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.