“This stunning Cheval Blanc  may be even better than the 2005”, Robert Parker reported back in February 2009. He awarded it 95 points, commending its “sweet, sexy tannins” and “dense ruby/purple colour as well as a sweet perfume of menthol, charcoal, boysenberries, black currants, and hints of cocoa and caramel”.
The wine was released En Primeur at £4,200 per 12×75 by the international trade in 2007 but struggled to attract interest on the secondary market at this level. In December 2009 it traded for a low of £2,700 before rising and then falling again with the tide of the market until mid-2012, when trade slowed down.
Earlier this year, its older sibling – the 2005 – came under the spotlight after being upgraded from 96 to 100 points by Parker. Prices moved upwards: it last traded on the Exchange for £4,950 per 12×75 – its highest trade price since March 2012.
2015 has been less exciting for the 2006 so far: although it has seen increased activity on the Exchange, its trade price has been relatively stable at around £2,890 since the beginning of the year. However, last week it was the third most traded wine on the Exchange – and this week saw a slight uptick in prices, trading at £2,935 and then £2,972.
Still available at around two thirds of the 2005’s price, could the 2006 be Cheval Blanc’s dark horse?
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