The 2000 Cheval Blanc is a wine that I have encountered more than a dozen times. Now at just over 20 years of age (how time flies – I remember tasting this from barrel), it has a lovely, quite beguiling bouquet of brambly red berries, iron rust, Provençal herbs and clove, powerful and somehow enveloping. The peppery palate is medium-bodied with quite firm, stocky tannins and good backbone, though coming after a vertical of recent vintages, it feels more rustic and feral. As Pierre-Olivier Clouet noted, there are fewer “pixels” in this millennial Cheval Blanc, but you can’t help falling for its charms. Ready to drink now but will age for the next 20–30 years. Tasted at Cheval Blanc.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2040
Very dark and healthy looking. More complexity and savour than the late 1990s vintages – not so obviously sweet and oaky. Lighter in weight though. Falls away a little on the finish. The difference between this and the Petit Cheval tasted side by side was not so enormous. Light and silky – not rich and oaky. If anything rather weak. Certainly not a standout. I seem to remember preferring the 1998 at the Bibendum tasting with Pierre Lurton reported on here.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024