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Château Cheval Blanc 2008

Wooden case with double magnum 3 L

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    The 2008 vintage from Château Cheval Blanc, offered here in a double magnum is distinguished by the exceptionality of the cabernet franc grapes in the blend – precise, with a powerful elegance. The Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé A maison has crafted a vintage widely considered to be one of its finest. A true classic that will age well thanks to great acidity and superb tannic structure.
  • How to enjoy

    • Service temperature - 14-16°C
    • When to drink - Drink now through 2040+
    • Storage advice - Store horizontally in a cool (10-15°C), dark place away from vibrations
    • Closure - Cork
    • Health warning - Contains sulphites
    • Alcohol by volume - 13.5 % Vol.
  • Blend and Origin

    2008 Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-Emiliion

    Following a wet spring and lacklustre summer, dry weather in September and October helped to salvage the crop. The harvest was spread out, and those in the vineyards stopped on several occasions to ensure each plot was only picked when the grapes had reached optimum ripeness. This blend of 55% merlot and 45% cabernet franc was aged in 100% new oak for 16-17 months.


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A first choice for Bordeaux connoisseurs

Among the most prestigious in the world
Among the most prestigious in the world

The wines of Saint-Émilion grew in reputation as early as the 12th century, and archives show that vines have been grown at Château Cheval Blanc at least as far back as the 15th century. Cementing its place as one of the finest in the world, the maison in 1954 obtained the highest possible distinction in the first classification of Saint-Émilion wines: Premier Grand Cru Classé A – an appropriate acknowledgement of centuries of savoir-faire. The maison is still renowned globally for its exquisite right-bank Bordeaux blends – in particular the quality of its cabernet franc – and the 2008 perfectly captures the grape’s signature characteristics.

From truly unique terroir
From truly unique terroir

Château Cheval Blanc has an altogether uncommon terroir in Saint-Émilion. While most of the estates within the appellation have limestone-based soil, Cheval Blanc is ­– like the prestigious neighbouring Pomerol – limestone-free, and benefits from three different soil types: finely textured with clay, more coarsely textured with gravel, and large gravel with sand. Each of the 45 plots across 39 hectares therefore has its own personality and imparts unique qualities to the fruit. The 2008 vintage, a balanced blend of cabernet franc and merlot, is a classic example of the estate’s expertise in blending these grapes from their singular plots: powerful and elegant with expressive aromatics.

Late-season redemption
Late-season redemption

The 2008 vintage in Bordeaux was an interesting one – most notable for slow, deliberate growth in the vineyard, and a late-season period of warm, dry weather that renewed winemakers’ confidence in a successful crop. Delayed bud break and flowering led to low yields, and the threat of mildew in May meant precision in the vineyards was crucial. While some estates rushed the harvest, Cheval Blanc remained patient, and the belated clement weather was to its benefit. From this tumultuous year, the merlot were ultimately classic and fruity, and the cabernet franc exceptional – precise, with high acidity and freshness, but also density, power and elegance.

Food pairing:
Tom complement the wine's aromatic palate

Main

Serve classic dishes such as beef Rossini alongside roasted aubergine, or beef fillet with a truffle-potato purée.

Dessert

Dark chocolate desserts – cakes, mousses or crêpes – are well suited to this vintage.

A first choice for Bordeaux connoisseurs

Among the most prestigious in the world
Among the most prestigious in the world

The wines of Saint-Émilion grew in reputation as early as the 12th century, and archives show that vines have been grown at Château Cheval Blanc at least as far back as the 15th century. Cementing its place as one of the finest in the world, the maison in 1954 obtained the highest possible distinction in the first classification of Saint-Émilion wines: Premier Grand Cru Classé A – an appropriate acknowledgement of centuries of savoir-faire. The maison is still renowned globally for its exquisite right-bank Bordeaux blends – in particular the quality of its cabernet franc – and the 2008 perfectly captures the grape’s signature characteristics.

From truly unique terroir
From truly unique terroir

Château Cheval Blanc has an altogether uncommon terroir in Saint-Émilion. While most of the estates within the appellation have limestone-based soil, Cheval Blanc is ­– like the prestigious neighbouring Pomerol – limestone-free, and benefits from three different soil types: finely textured with clay, more coarsely textured with gravel, and large gravel with sand. Each of the 45 plots across 39 hectares therefore has its own personality and imparts unique qualities to the fruit. The 2008 vintage, a balanced blend of cabernet franc and merlot, is a classic example of the estate’s expertise in blending these grapes from their singular plots: powerful and elegant with expressive aromatics.

Late-season redemption
Late-season redemption

The 2008 vintage in Bordeaux was an interesting one – most notable for slow, deliberate growth in the vineyard, and a late-season period of warm, dry weather that renewed winemakers’ confidence in a successful crop. Delayed bud break and flowering led to low yields, and the threat of mildew in May meant precision in the vineyards was crucial. While some estates rushed the harvest, Cheval Blanc remained patient, and the belated clement weather was to its benefit. From this tumultuous year, the merlot were ultimately classic and fruity, and the cabernet franc exceptional – precise, with high acidity and freshness, but also density, power and elegance.

Food pairing:
Tom complement the wine's aromatic palate

Main

Serve classic dishes such as beef Rossini alongside roasted aubergine, or beef fillet with a truffle-potato purée.

Dessert

Dark chocolate desserts – cakes, mousses or crêpes – are well suited to this vintage.

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