Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.41729 ratings
9.4603 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
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9.9

The 1948 Cheval Blanc may well constitute the most unheralded legendary wine of the 20th century, in no small part because it precedes the 1947. However, after years of several mavens lionizing this vintage and after one impressive but not convincing bottle, I encountered a 1948 Cheval Blanc that frankly, blew me away. This third bottle originates from the same source as that and mirrors its performance. Deep and lucid in color, it has a quite astonishing bouquet that is high-toned and decadent: kirsch, blueberry and a hint of liquorice, all beautifully defined. But it is the power that knocks you sideways. The palate is exquisitely balanced with supple tannin, velvety in texture with a multi-layered smorgasbord of glistening red fruit towards the finish – wild strawberry, Morello cherry, and cranberry all mixed with subtle ferrous and tobacco notes. It is a wondrous Saint-Émilion that I would dearly love to compare with the 1947 one day! Tasted at a private dinner in London. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

The 1948 Cheval Blanc may well constitute the most unheralded legendary wine of the 20th century, in no small part because it precedes the 1947. However, after years of several mavens lionizing this vintage and after one impressive but not convincing bottle, I encountered a 1948 Cheval Blanc that frankly, blew me away. This third bottle originates from the same source as that and mirrors its performance. Deep and lucid in color, it has a quite astonishing bouquet that is high-toned and decadent: kirsch, blueberry and a hint of liquorice, all beautifully defined. But it is the power that knocks you sideways. The palate is exquisitely balanced with supple tannin, velvety in texture with a multi-layered smorgasbord of glistening red fruit towards the finish – wild strawberry, Morello cherry, and cranberry all mixed with subtle ferrous and tobacco notes. It is a wondrous Saint-Émilion that I would dearly love to compare with the 1947 one day! Tasted at a private dinner in London. (Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018)

May 24th, 2018
Kareem Massoud

Winemaker Paumanok Vineyards

9.8

Plum, prunes, creme de cassis, truffles, forest bottom, cigar box. Redolent of vintage port. Still remarkably vibrant for its age. Ruby core, tawny rim. Ullage low shoulder. Cork intact but fully wine-soaked. A great wine that lives up to the hype. A real treat!

Plum, prunes, creme de cassis, truffles, forest bottom, cigar box. Redolent of vintage port. Still remarkably vibrant for its age. Ruby core, tawny rim. Ullage low shoulder. Cork intact but fully wine-soaked. A great wine that lives up to the hype. A real treat!

Apr 8th, 2018
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9.5

The 2014 Cheval Blanc does not convey the same sophistication and panache as the Angélus. This is more rugged and earthier, quite powerful with pencil lead and sous-bois aromas developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, plenty of blackberry laced with cedar, mint, fruitcake and white pepper notes. It finishes with some style and it feels very long on the finish. I just think that unlike Angélus this is going to need several years to really knit together. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, March 2018)

The 2014 Cheval Blanc does not convey the same sophistication and panache as the Angélus. This is more rugged and earthier, quite powerful with pencil lead and sous-bois aromas developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, plenty of blackberry laced with cedar, mint, fruitcake and white pepper notes. It finishes with some style and it feels very long on the finish. I just think that unlike Angélus this is going to need several years to really knit together. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. (Neal Martin, Vinous, March 2018)

Mar 28th, 2018
Aaron Means

Quite possibly the most unique, alluring, and intoxicating aroma from a wine. Pure beauty. Young but showing so well. Drank at the estate!

Quite possibly the most unique, alluring, and intoxicating aroma from a wine. Pure beauty. Young but showing so well. Drank at the estate!

Mar 22nd, 2018
Nick Davis

An unfortunate case of volatility, in the realm of household cleaners. Not typical for such an all-star.

An unfortunate case of volatility, in the realm of household cleaners. Not typical for such an all-star.

Mar 6th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

Earthy mineral driven and muscular quite the opposite of the 1985 , but has years of life ahead of it .

Earthy mineral driven and muscular quite the opposite of the 1985 , but has years of life ahead of it .

Feb 8th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

Elegant balanced and complex an amazing Cheval!

Elegant balanced and complex an amazing Cheval!

Feb 8th, 2018
Stephen Solaka

Black fruits, leather, and tobacco. Still quite young. Bottle had been opened for a day so was more approachable.

Black fruits, leather, and tobacco. Still quite young. Bottle had been opened for a day so was more approachable.

Jan 2nd, 2018
Dan Thomas

Wow 1986. Humbly tasted blind. Tannins fully resolved elegant and pretty. I need to drink more old Bordeaux!

Wow 1986. Humbly tasted blind. Tannins fully resolved elegant and pretty. I need to drink more old Bordeaux!

Dec 30th, 2017
Robert Cunningham

Wine Educator DeVinimus, Wine Workshop

9.2

Still needs time based on this bottle. Tannins still not fully resolved. But the potential is there. Tasted at a wonderful IFWS dinner at the Leela in Mumbai

Still needs time based on this bottle. Tannins still not fully resolved. But the potential is there. Tasted at a wonderful IFWS dinner at the Leela in Mumbai

Dec 17th, 2017