*5R* 2006 Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux, FR)

Weight: 5R

Varietal: 55% Merlot   45% Cabernet Franc

Region: Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

97 Points, The Wine Advocate

Drink Date: 2019 - 2040

"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." Neal Martin