This is the second wine from Cheval Blanc, but that doesn't mean it is not a quality wine nor is it inexpensive. It is one of the better second labels out there. Purple in color with ruby swirls. The nose has cherries, tobacco, black cherries, slight mint and cedar. On the palate, this is drinking well. There are slight tannins. A nice complexity with cherries and black cherries over tobacco/earth. Nice finish. This won't get better but should be in this window for another seven to ten years. It works better with food but drinks nicely on its own. It would pair well with lamb.