The Premier Cru Classé A Château Cheval Blanc, which has clearly affirmed itself as Saint-Emilion’s top wine, has a distinctively high proportion of Cabernet Franc (49% of the vines are of this variety), which is extremely rare for the appellation. The wines have an outstanding ability to age, withstanding the test of time without a blemish, like this 2006 which is drinking delightfully now. The weather conditions were very favourable for Merlot in this vintage, resulting in a wine with sweet aromas of ripe red fruits. These combine with the aromatic finesse of some very nice Cabernet Franc and subtle notes of mild tobacco thanks to nicely integrated wood from exclusively new oak barrels. The powerful tannins of the wine’s youth are today molten.
2006 Blend: 54% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon