The 2006 Cheval presents with a powerful and charming bouquet exhibiting ripe, fruit scents as well as a subtle hint of Virgina tobacco. On the palate, the wine is full and rich with the smoothness of Merlot balancing wonderfully with the exquisite flavors of Cabernet Franc. The tannins present as mellow and harmonious and the wine has a great longevity.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 97
"Dark chocolate and mocha flavors, very dark and intense, this is a big, concentrated wine, flavored with bitter cherries and structured. Certainly a great Cheval Blanc."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 95
"The brilliant 2006 Cheval Blanc performed better from bottle than from barrel. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot grown in a superb vineyard site facing La Conseillante and l'Evangile at the very edge of the sandy, gravelly soils of St.-Emilion, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal, boysenberries, black currants, and hints of cocoa and caramel. Lush, textured, and opulent with superb purity, medium to full body, savory flavors, and sweet, sexy tannins, this stunning Cheval Blanc may be even better than the 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030."
Wine Spectator (WS): 95
"Displays lots of milk chocolate, cedar, berry and cappuccino aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins, this is structured and layered for the vintage. Mouthpuckering. Needs time. This is one of the wines of the vintage. Best after 2015."