Wow'ed by Cheval Blanc 2010, Parker had high praise for the Chateau saying that the vintage "is one of the most impressive two-year-old Cheval Blancs [he has] tasted in 34 years in this profession." After barrel tasting in 2011, Parker awarded the wine a 96-98+. A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, Parker lauds the wine's "berry/floral nose with subtle hints of menthol, blueberry, raspberry and flowers in addition to some forest floor and a delicate touch of lead pencil shavings." This wine has incredible aging potential
Château Cheval Blanc 2010
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Deep garnet in color and made of 54% Cabernet Franc and 46% Merlot, the nose of the 2010 Cheval Blanc is a bit subdued to begin, measuredly opening out to reveal achingly provocative notions of molten chocolate, preserved Morello cherries, baked blackberries, boysenberries and blueberry compote with wafts of underbrush, cigar box, cumin seed and sandalwood. Full-bodied, the palate is a full-on atomic bomb waiting to go off, with very tightly coiled, slowly maturing black fruits eking out glimpses of a vast array of nuances. Still very youthful, it finishes with an incredibly persistent, jaw-dropping display of earth and mineral fireworks. I'd leave this one for another 5 years and drink it over the next 50.