Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 96
"The dense ruby/purple-hued 2005 Cheval Blanc's ethereal bouquet of menthol, coffee, wet stones, black cherries, blackberries, and hints of graphite and spice soars from the glass. An equal part blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, it is medium to full-bodied with a gorgeous texture in addition to high tannins that glide over the palate with no angularity or astringency ..."
Wine Spectator (WS): 97
"This is really gorgeous on the nose, with blackberry, mineral, light vanilla bean and milk chocolate. Full-bodied, with ultra-fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is racy and very beautiful. The tannins coat the palate, but leave a provoking impression ..."