Chateau Cheval Blanc is a special wine, as you might expect when you look at the price! The vineyard was originally part of what was Chateau Figeac, still a great wine in St. Emilion in the early 1800's and was split off, along with other parcels, when the owner of Chateau Figeac broke up the larger estate. Since that time, the wine was classified as one of two "Premier Grand Cru Classe A" in St. Emilion, the other being Chateau Ausone. The vineyard itself is interesting. One third can be said to be closer to Pomerol, with which Cheval Blanc shares a border, one third close to Graves, where much of the soil is quite gravelly and the last third typically St. Emilion. Taken together, these terroirs seem to produce something quite special. The vineyard is planted to about 50% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2006 contains no Cabernet Sauvignon.
99 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.