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
Robert Parker 99
Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2040