Thursday, April 14, 2011

Cheval Blanc 2010

This Wednesday, April 13, was a special day for me, Pierre Lurton showed me around the new cellar still under construction and which should be finished before the month of June, for Vinexpo. It was the first time I visited it. Well, it’s well conceived, grandiose and simple, and undoubtedly practical, when an architect understands the objectives of his client and the owners have taste and the means of their ambition, it can give beautiful results. Cheval Blanc will obviously benefit from it, but also Saint Emilion, Pomerol, the right bank, Bordeaux. I should thank you in advance for all those visitors who will come to Saint Emilion, sleep, eat and buy wine in our stores.

We took this opportunity to taste the 2010 vintage: Quinault L'Enclos elegant, La Tour du Pin which shows its terroir, and the amazing quality of the 2nd wine - but who can speak of a second wine? This Petit Cheval is simply of very high standard, and of course Cheval Blanc 2010 will be one of this vintage’s top wines: smooth, full, long, it’s got everything and nothing shows. Class! (I even drank it). I also tasted Yquem 2010, a great delicacy, with purity and rare elegance.

Decanter and Bordeaux 2010: Hard to understand, but after much pondering, there is a lot of information on this grid. Out of the wines already rated, I saw this nice 20/20 for Cheval Blanc, 18.5 for La Conseillante, 19 for Ducru Beaucaillou, 19 for Yquem, 16.5 for La Couspaude, 17.5 for La Dominique and Lascombes, 17 for Lagrange and Talbot, 18.5 for Le Pin and Léoville Poyferré, Pape Clément, Angélus and Domaine de Chevalier. Cos D’Estournel 19, Petit Cheval 17, Pontet Canet and Troplong Mondot 18.5….

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