Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.488 ratings
9.434 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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9.5

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
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
Shay A
9.7

One of the greatest wines I’ve had the privilege of tasting. Cab franc is a favorite of mine and to enjoy a top shelf to CF in the world is a treat...not much green pepper, more beef jerky and soy sauce than vegetal notes. Powerful even after hours of being open. Worthy of smelling for days (violet, dusted blackberries). What a pull from @Mark Flesher ! I just had to feel like a part of the WNH tonight after I saw their wines last night! @Martin G Rivard @Bill Bender @Shawn R @David L

One of the greatest wines I’ve had the privilege of tasting. Cab franc is a favorite of mine and to enjoy a top shelf to CF in the world is a treat...not much green pepper, more beef jerky and soy sauce than vegetal notes. Powerful even after hours of being open. Worthy of smelling for days (violet, dusted blackberries). What a pull from @Mark Flesher ! I just had to feel like a part of the WNH tonight after I saw their wines last night! @Martin G Rivard @Bill Bender @Shawn R @David L

Apr 28th, 2018
Andy Wedge

tons of cinchona and pyrazine, very herbal, huge ripe black cherry and coffee finish.

tons of cinchona and pyrazine, very herbal, huge ripe black cherry and coffee finish.

Nov 15th, 2015
Yianni Stoner

Lean dark fruits with spicy tannin and bright acidity

Lean dark fruits with spicy tannin and bright acidity

Sep 20th, 2015
Ted Rutledge

1989 vintage. Elegant and beautiful. Peaking.

1989 vintage. Elegant and beautiful. Peaking.

Sep 1st, 2015
Kim Colonna

Owner/Sommelier/Importer Petits Creux & Grands Crus

9.4

Great but might age some more!! Liquid pleasure

Great but might age some more!! Liquid pleasure

Jul 9th, 2015
Ludovic Anacleto

'89 vintage.
Meaty, bacon like nose, touches of toffee and blackberry jam. It's quite an obvious nose, lacking complexity in regard to the terroir of Cheval. 89 is one of my favorite vintages and I was expecting a bit more power, muscle, mouth coating and intensity. Mouthfeel is quite simple, linear and not of Cheval's level. A very charming wine indeed that misses the wow factor you expect for such origin.
#bordeaux #bordeauxwines #chevalblanc

'89 vintage.
Meaty, bacon like nose, touches of toffee and blackberry jam. It's quite an obvious nose, lacking complexity in regard to the terroir of Cheval. 89 is one of my favorite vintages and I was expecting a bit more power, muscle, mouth coating and intensity. Mouthfeel is quite simple, linear and not of Cheval's level. A very charming wine indeed that misses the wow factor you expect for such origin.
#bordeaux #bordeauxwines #chevalblanc

Jul 8th, 2015
Jim Knight

Total shocker on how classic and how fresh.

Total shocker on how classic and how fresh.

Apr 13th, 2015
Matthew Peterson

Sommelier Post Ranch Inn, Wine Director Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, Sales Swirl Wine Brokers, Martine's Wines, Winewise

9.4

Earth! Wet soil, tobac, all the good stuff! Wonderful and youthful.

Earth! Wet soil, tobac, all the good stuff! Wonderful and youthful.

Mar 5th, 2015