Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.41883 ratings
9.4660 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
Top Notes For
Nick Apone

1999

1999

Oct 4th, 2019
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9.5

The 1989 Cheval Blanc is a vintage that I have not encountered since 2010. One bottle opened was rustic and fatigued, and Pierre-Olivier Clouet opened a second that was much better. It has a gorgeous bouquet of ample red fruit, morels, black truffle, cigar box and hints of brown sugar, all very well defined and charming. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and approaching full maturity; brown spices, bay leaf and clove infuse the red berry fruit. At 30 years of age, I suspect this 1989 will not improve further, but its robustness suggests that any decline will be graceful. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019)

The 1989 Cheval Blanc is a vintage that I have not encountered since 2010. One bottle opened was rustic and fatigued, and Pierre-Olivier Clouet opened a second that was much better. It has a gorgeous bouquet of ample red fruit, morels, black truffle, cigar box and hints of brown sugar, all very well defined and charming. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and approaching full maturity; brown spices, bay leaf and clove infuse the red berry fruit. At 30 years of age, I suspect this 1989 will not improve further, but its robustness suggests that any decline will be graceful. Tasted from an ex-cellar bottle at the château. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2019)

Sep 13th, 2019
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.4

Pretty, softening up nicely. More elegant and airy than I recalled it being. In a great place now

Pretty, softening up nicely. More elegant and airy than I recalled it being. In a great place now

Jul 23rd, 2019
Joe D'Angelo

The 2005 Château Cheval Blanc is a masterpiece and could ultimately go down as one of the greatest wines ever from the Estate. Composed of 51% Merlot and 49% Cabernet Franc, this opens to simply stunning aromas of ripe dark dark and blue fruits, along with fresh violets, crushed wet stones, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of spices that all come together to form the seductive nuances. This full-bodied red is every bit as stunning on the palate, as it is beautifully structured, with incredible overall balance and finesse that makes it nearly impossible to resist. It goes on to thoroughly impress, showing a remarkable combination of power and elegance as it leads up to the long enveloping finish. The 2005 is certainly mesmerizing today, however it also possesses the potential to age marvelously and should offer a drinking window that spans across decades.

The 2005 Château Cheval Blanc is a masterpiece and could ultimately go down as one of the greatest wines ever from the Estate. Composed of 51% Merlot and 49% Cabernet Franc, this opens to simply stunning aromas of ripe dark dark and blue fruits, along with fresh violets, crushed wet stones, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of spices that all come together to form the seductive nuances. This full-bodied red is every bit as stunning on the palate, as it is beautifully structured, with incredible overall balance and finesse that makes it nearly impossible to resist. It goes on to thoroughly impress, showing a remarkable combination of power and elegance as it leads up to the long enveloping finish. The 2005 is certainly mesmerizing today, however it also possesses the potential to age marvelously and should offer a drinking window that spans across decades.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Charlie Abbott

Sommelier Casa Mono

9.3

Feminine. Delicate, lilac, black cherry, cedar. Korintje cinnamon, leather. Fine-grain tannins, not quite silky. Wonderful acidity and length. Would drink now

Feminine. Delicate, lilac, black cherry, cedar. Korintje cinnamon, leather. Fine-grain tannins, not quite silky. Wonderful acidity and length. Would drink now

May 12th, 2019
Conrad Green

This is all kinds of sexy. Subtle velvety fruit with real texture and luxurious soft cherry fruit. Wonderful balance and clarity and a beautiful long finish. Great stuff.

This is all kinds of sexy. Subtle velvety fruit with real texture and luxurious soft cherry fruit. Wonderful balance and clarity and a beautiful long finish. Great stuff.

May 8th, 2019
Greg Koslosky

Structured and tannic not sure if this will ever come around .

Structured and tannic not sure if this will ever come around .

Apr 1st, 2019
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.2

1989 Bordeaux PNV Retrospective at Larkmead. Spearmint, weedy. Very mature (past?). Fruit gone- all about bottle bouquet.

1989 Bordeaux PNV Retrospective at Larkmead. Spearmint, weedy. Very mature (past?). Fruit gone- all about bottle bouquet.

Feb 25th, 2019
Josh Raynolds

1995 just hitting it's stride - smoky earth, pipe tobacco, cherry and cassis in abundance, velvety texture and amazing length. Probably even more interesting in another five to ten years but why wait if you've got a couple or more?

1995 just hitting it's stride - smoky earth, pipe tobacco, cherry and cassis in abundance, velvety texture and amazing length. Probably even more interesting in another five to ten years but why wait if you've got a couple or more?

Feb 1st, 2019
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.3

From magnum. Terrific.

From magnum. Terrific.

Jan 24th, 2019