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Chateau Cheval Blanc History, Overview
Chateau Cheval Blanc, which is translated into white horse, has a long, colorful history in St. Emilion that is traced all the wine back to 1832. That was the year the Ducasse family purchased land from the much larger estate of Chateau Figeac.
Prior to its rebirth as Cheval Blanc, the vineyard was better known as Le Barrail de Cailloux, which is loosely translated into the barrel of tiny stones, which of course took its inspiration from the unique gravel soils.
The original vines purchased from Figeac became the genesis of what many people think is the best wine of St. Emilion, Chateau Cheval Blanc. At that time, back in 1832, Chateau Figeac was owned by Countess Felicité de Carle-Trajet. In those days, Chateau Figeac had grown to a massive 200 hectare estate.
It was the Countess who decided to sell portions of their holdings to interested buyers. The breakup of the large Figeac estate helped create a myriad of new St Emilion wine making estates for numerous interested buyers. That explains why so many chateaux include the word Figeac as part of their name.
However the owners of what was to become Cheval Blanc wanted to eventually establish their own identity that was separate from Figeac. Hence the name change.
In 1838, the Ducasse family purchased what was to become the majority of Cheval Blanc from vines that were previously part of Figeac. They soon began buying more St. Emilion vineyard land to create Chateau Cheval Blanc.
In 1852, when Mille Ducasse married Jean Laussac-Fourcaud, she came with a dowry that included their recently acquired Bordeaux vineyards that included 2 of the 5 gravel mounds running through the vineyards of Cheval Blanc and Figeac. This was an amazing dowry! The Laussac-Fourcaud family built the chateau that is still in use today.
The Laussac-Fourcaud continued adding to their holdings and increased the size of their vineyards for Cheval Blanc. By 1871, they accumulated a total of 41 hectares of vineyards in Saint Emilion. Chateau Cheval Blanc remains that same size to this day.
Cheval Blanc, with its recent renovations is now the most modern facility in Saint Emilion today. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Around 1860, when the chateau for Cheval Blanc was being built, extensive work was also being done in the vineyards.
In fact, even then, Chateau Cheval Blanc was at the forefront of vineyard management techniques when they added a vast network of drains in their vineyards. Chateau Cheval Blanc was probably the first estate in the Right Bank to install this type of drainage system.
At first, Chateau Cheval Blanc sold their wine under the Figeac label. Once Chateau Cheval Blanc began winning medals for the obvious quality level found in their wine, they changed their label.
That change included placing pictures of their medals on the label, which is still featured in the artwork that adorns the labels for the wine today. More importantly, the wines were now sold under the name of Chateau Cheval Blanc, which created a separate identity for their brand.
Cheval Blanc continued gaining in popularity producing some of the best wines in all of Bordeaux during the 1920’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. 1947 Cheval Blanc created what many older, experienced wine tasters consider to be the best Bordeaux wine of all time!
For tasters that claim wines with high alcohol levels do not age, it is important to note that the 1929 Cheval Blanc reached 14.4% alcohol and the 1947 Cheval Blanc was also 14.4% alcohol!
Chateau Cheval Blanc The Modern Age
In 1998 Chateau Cheval Blanc was purchased by Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frere for about the equivalent of 135 million Euros. They asked Pierre Lurton to manage the property for them.
Due to the poor vintage conditions, Cheval Blanc did not produce a wine in 1991, and declassified the entire crop, placing what they could into their second wine, Petit Cheval. In 2009, LVMH purchased the shares owned by Bernard Arnault in a private transaction.
There was no official announcement of the price. However, rumors placed the price at close to 15 Million Euros per hectare, making this the most expensive transaction yet, on a per hectare purchase price in the history of Bordeaux.
While 2000 was a perfect Bordeaux vintage for Chateau Cheval Blanc, for the remainder the decade, with the notable exception of 2005 and the last vintage in the decade, Cheval Blanc produced good and even very good wines, but never amazing wines. That changed as the decade drew to a close.
In 2009, 2010 and again in 2015, they produced candidates for wine of the vintage. In that same year, at an auction held by Christie’s, a scarce, six-liter bottle of the legendary 1947 Cheval Blanc, (Probably the only real bottle in existence) sold for a record setting price of $304,375 dollars!
Being located on the Pomerol border in the northwest portion of Saint Emilion is part of the reason for the voluptuous quality of Cheval Blanc. In part, this explains why Cheval Blanc has all the best attributes of St. Emilion and Pomerol. In fact, they are only a stones throw away from the Pomerol plateau.
Their vines abut those of Chateau LEvangile. When you look closely, it is easy to see that close to 30% of their terroir resembles that of the top Pomerol estates.
In 2011, with the help of famed architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Christian de Portzamparc, Chateau Cheval Blanc completed a major, top to bottom, construction and renovation project. This complete, remodeling included building a new winery, barrel cellars, vinification room, tasting area and efforts with the landscaped gardens.
Even though the structure is modern in design, this new cellar, which cost over $20,000,000, fits in well in the St. Emilion appellation. Situated under a hill, with dramatic access to natural light, its curvaceous lines are stunning. The curved theme is seen in the exterior structure and carried through to the vat rooms.
The cellars are equipped with 52, temperature controlled, curvy, cement vats, varying in size that allow each parcel to be vinified separately. From there, you take the stairs to the level just below to arrive at the barrel cellar.
In 2012, Chateau Cheval Blanc added more vines increasing the size of their vineyard when they included the 1.3 hectare portion of the Chateau La Tour du Pin vineyards they purchased a few years earlier. The vines were added in 2012, following the 2012 St. Emilion Classification.
Chateau Cheval Blanc Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 39 hectare vineyard of Cheval Blanc The vineyard of Chateau Cheval Blanc is planted to 49% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon today, but the goal is to return to the original mix of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon represents a change in the vineyard plantings.
The amount of Merlot was also slightly decreased. But as you can see, this is temporary. Blends vary, depending on the style and character of the vintage. The vines at Cheval Blanc are old, averaging 45 years of age. They have 8 hectares of Cabernet Franc planted in the 1950’s.
However, some of the older parcels of Cabernet Franc are close to 100 years of age, as they were planted in 1920! The old vines are the source of their massal selection program.
The vineyard is in one large one block which can be divided into 54 separate parcels. Their best parcel is well placed in the middle of their vineyards directly in front of the chateau, with the deep, blue clay soils, where you find their older Cabernet Franc vines.
Cheval Blanc has a complex terroir that consists of 3 different soils. Even though the vineyards are in one large parcel, this can be divided up as follows: 40% of their soils are gravel over multiple types of clay, including blue clay.
Another 40% of their terroir has deep gravel soils, while the remaining 20% of their soils consists of sandy clay in the soil. Those three unique soils allow the vineyard to express a specific style of St. Emilion. It’s also good to note that Cheval Blanc is located in the graves region of Saint Emilion, which takes its name as you might guess from the gravel in the soil.
There are 5, elevated, gravel hillsides in this area in St. Emilion, and 2 of those hills, belong to Cheval Blanc. The gravel hillsides offer slopes and an elevation that reaches almost 38 meters at its peak.
The vineyard of Cheval Blanc is planted to a vine density of 8,000 vines per hectare, which is one of the higher levels of denser plantings found in the Right Bank. This is a slight increase in the vine density over the years, as previously, the vineyard was at less than 7,700 vines per hectare.
The vineyard is divided into 45 separate plots. Generally speaking, Cheval Blanc has a slightly warmer, precocious, micro climate, which helps to produce the beauty in their Cabernet Franc.
It’s interesting to note that in 1996, Cheval Blanc began a massal selection program and today, when the Cabernet Franc vines are replanted, they are done using cuttings from the massal selection program.
However, replanting at Cheval Blanc takes place at a very slow pace. On average, about 1 hectare of vines is replanted every 3 years, give or take.
During the harvest of Chateau Cheval Blanc, the estate does not wait until all the parcels achieve complete phenolic ripeness. It is the stated goal to pick some fruit, in what they view as al dente. In part, it’s the blending of grapes at different levels of ripeness, from various parcels and terroir that adds complexity, freshness and decadence to the wine of Chateau Cheval Blanc.
Chateau Cheval Blanc Winemaking
To produce the wine of Cheval Blanc, vinification takes place in 52 different temperature controlled, cement vats that vary in size, due to the needs of specific parcels to allow for each parcel being vinified in its own tank. Malolactic Fermentation takes place in tank.
The wines are aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months before bottling. The Technical director for Chateau Cheval Blanc is Pierre-Olivier Clouet, who has been a great addition to the Cheval Blanc team. Pierre-Olivier Clouet maintains that same responsibility for all their Saint Emilion estates.
The best vintages of Chateau Cheval Blanc are: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1990, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1964, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1945, 1929, 1928 and 1921.
I have never seen vintages older than 1921, but with good storage, they could offer unparalleled drinking pleasure. However, you should know that Cheval Blanc is one of most heavily counterfeited wines in the world, so if you are thinking of buying some the famous older vintages, especially in large formats, you need to use extreme caution.
Chateau Cheval Blanc Character and Style
The beauty of Cheval Blanc is the complex, powerful perfume paired with textures that can feel as soft as polished silk and velvet. Due to its terroir and location that straddles the border of Pomerol and St. Emilion, Cheval Blanc truly combines the best of both worlds.
In the wine of Cheval Blanc, you find the sexy, opulence of Pomerol, coupled with the flamboyance of St. Emilion. The wine is incredibly rich. Yet it’s never heavy. Cheval Blanc can be enjoyed young.
However, it is one of the longest lived Bordeaux wines being produced. As you can see from my tasting notes, the legendary 1921 is still going strong at close to 90 years age! I hope I show that well when I’m 90.
Cheval Blanc also produces a second wine, Le Petit Cheval which made its debut with the 1988 vintage. Le Petit Cheval is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels. Between 8,000 to 10,000 cases of wine are produced of Cheval Blanc each year.
On average, 4,000 cases of Le Petit Cheval are made per vintage. However, for the first time, with the 2015 vintage, no wine was allocated to the production of Petit Cheval. The majority of the wine was placed in the Grand Vin, and as so little wine was declassified in that vintage, the remaining juice was sold in bulk.
When to Drink Chateau Cheval Blanc, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Cheval Blanc can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting, but the wine is much better wine, these days. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 2-4 hours, give or take.
This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Cheval Blanc is usually better with at least 12-15 years of bottle age.
Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Some of the best vintages take over 20 years before they are mature! Chateau Cheval Blanc offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 or more years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Cheval Blanc with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Cheval Blanc is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Cheval Blanc is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Cheval Blanc is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.
Cheval Blanc White WineLe Petit Cheval
Starting with the 2015 vintage, Cheval Blanc will produce a dry, white Bordeaux wine that is called, “Le Petit Cheval, Bordeaux Blanc”. To avoid confusion with their second wine, Le Petit Cheval, the white wine will use silver print and a silver capsule. For the initial vintages, the wine was produced using 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Starting with the 2018 vintage, it is expected that wine will be a blend that will represent the vineyard plantings, 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon that came from about 1.4 hectares of vines. The grapes are planted in the vineyard just across the road from Cheval Blanc in the vineyards that were previously used by La Tour du Pin.
As we mentioned earlier, the owners of Cheval Blanc purchased La Tour du Pin in 2006. The first vintages produced were not available for sale to the public. 2015 is the first commercial vintage. To produce the wine, the grapes are entirely barrel fermented.
There is no malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in 3, large 400 liter oak barrels. The wine is going to be hard to find as not much is produced. The initial release will be about 400 cases and by 2020, the production should increase to an average of 1,250 cases.
The wine will be sold as a generic AOC white Bordeaux Blanc because AOC law does not allow white wine grapes in Saint Emilion. According to Pierre-Olivier Clouet, the Technical Director of Cheval Blanc, who spearheaded the project, the wine reminds him in some ways of a great Sancerre from the Loire Valley.
Cheval Blanc also maintains an interest in the Mendoza region of Argentina where they produce the wine Cheval des Andes.
Château Cheval Blanc Wine Tasting Notes
63 Vintages 806,797 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Resembling the color of a dark ruby gemstone, this outstanding experience begins with roses, violets, roasted plum, oyster shell, fennel and spice. From there you'll move to the velvet drenched, decadent, opulent, silky palate. The depth of fruit is off the charts. The sensual, sexy feel on the palate is unique. The over 60 second finish is too short because you'll never want it to end. This is bottled decadence. If you can afford it, it is a wine you should have in your cellar and you'll want to age this for at least 15 years before popping a bottle. The wine was made using 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.75. The Merlot was harvested September 10-October 1, Cabernet Franc was picked September 24-October 10 and the Cabernet Sauvignon was picked October 11. 98-100 Pts
1,024 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2018||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Floral in character, the wine is round, supple, silky, opulent and ripe. The velvet-textured fruit is already easy to drink. The wine shows a resemblance to Cheval Blanc on the attack. In fact, if it was just a little longer the wine would be quite similar to Cheval Blanc. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year. 91-93 Pts
1,193 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
There is a lot of depth here. The fruit comes in layers that alternate between earth, red berries and black fruits. There is intensity and elegance, with a unique fleshy sensation due to the large percentage of Cabernet in the blend. You will want to age this for at least 15 years before popping a bottle. The wine was made using 56% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the most Cabernet Sauvignon ever used in the blend in the history of the estate! The wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.65 and the harvest took place September 6 to October 11, which is the longest harvest recorded here. The Grand Vin represents 77% of the harvest.
4,544 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Château Cheval Blanc Le Petit (Bordeaux)|
From 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is lively, fertile and vibrant with green apple, white peach, flowers, citrus peel and just a touch of vanilla. Animated and refreshing, there is a zesty quality here that stands out on the palate.
1,863 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the wine is elegant and polished and should show well quite early in life. Produced from a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year.
1,406 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Rose petals, spice, kirsch, earth, smoky black cherries, wet earth and forest leaves. On the palate, the wine is silky, pure, fresh and vibrant. There is an elegance, charm, refinement and precision to this more structured, classic example of Cheval Blanc. You will want to age this for at least a decade before popping a bottle. The wine was made using 59.5% Merlot, 37.5% Cabernet Franc and 3.3% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the first vintage in 10 years that any Cabernet Sauvignon was used in the blend. The wine reached 14.25% alcohol with a pH of 3.67 and the harvest took place September 20 to October 12. The Grand Vin represents 77% of the harvest.
6,790 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Château Cheval Blanc Le Petit (Bordeaux)|
Crisp, fresh, bright, yellow, citrus fruits, vanilla, pomelo, lime, green apple and floral scents get the wine going. There is a fresh, vibrant quality to all the citrus and green apples that comes through on the nose and palate. The wine was produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
2,332 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2016||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Ruby in color, this wine opens with flowers and cherry notes. Medium bodied, elegant and fresh, the fruit shows a plummy, early drinking charm. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Only 7% of the harvest made it into the second wine this year.
1,570 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
It can be a dangerous combination for all the right reasons when you blend decadent sensuality with velvety tannins and layers of silky fruits. You cannot help but devour the wine far too quickly. Concentrated, full and rich, the fruit glides across your palate effortlessly. There is lift, volume, length and complexity. This is a wine for the future which will easily earn a legendary status as it ages evolves and matures. If you cannot afford it, make you find friends that can, as this is a wine you need to taste.
3,798 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
The nose pops with spice, flowers, smoke, plums and cherries. Open your mind to beauty, desire and a bite-your-bottom-lip eroticism. This is what elegant hedonism is all about. This wine is sensuous beyond belief, fresh and vibrant. The fruits feel like French velour on your palate. The wine is incredibly rich, yet light on its feet, which is almost impossible to achieve. Trust me, I drank every last drop of this barrel sample. When the coast was clear, I poured a little more into my glass and drank that too! From a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.35% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. According to Pierre Lurton, there was no Petit Cheval produced in 2015, because the quality of the harvest was so good, making a second wine, did not improve the Grand Vin, regardless of the blend. The harvest took place from September 3 to October 10.
4,294 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Truffle, herbs, mint, red fruits and tobacco are what you initially notice. In the mouth you find, silky fruits and sweet red berries that linger. It's fun to enjoy the fruits as they move from red fruits to spice, and then back again to red berries with more spice and freshness. You can drink this young, or age it for a decade for more complexity.
3,341 Views Tasted Jun 4, 2017
Fresh black raspberries, flowers, red licorice and cherry blossoms create the exotic perfume. On the palate, the wine is refined, soft and silky, fresh, elegant and pure. It lacks the density found in recent vintages like 2009 but instead relies on refined tannins and textures, transporting the aromas of beautiful, pure fruit all the way to the finish. From a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.25% alcohol with a pH of 3.65, representing 75% of the Grand Vin. 94-96 Pts
4,081 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2014||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Smoke and tobacco over ripe, red fruits and earth are the recipe here. Silky, fresh and sweet, with elegant textures, this is drinking perfectly today. The wine offers a resemblance to Cheval Blanc at this stage.
1,672 Views Tasted May 4, 2017
Blending 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, this wine is packed with flowers, licorice and earthy notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh, silky, pure and medium bodied, focusing on fresh, sweet cherries. 90-91 Pts
1,989 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light, fresh, bright, elegant, soft, forward and user friendly style of wine with sweet, cherries, licorice, flowers and plums in its core that carry though to the fresh, red berry, polished, soft textured, finish.
1,608 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Ruby in color with flowers, licorice and sweet, fresh red and black plums, the wine is the essence of silky elegance with its soft, polished textures. Lacking the density found in the best vintages, the fruit is pure, clean, sweet and fresh, leaving you with an impression of ripe, clean red fruits. Blending 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot, the yields were 19 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 12.85% alcohol with 3.7 pH. 60% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. 92-95 Pts
3,023 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2013||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Blending 79% Merlot with 21% Cabernet Franc produced a light, ruby-colored wine with a cherry blossom character complicated by fresh herbs. Soft, bright and already open for pleasure, the finish is spicy and fresh. 86-88 Pts
1,725 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
|2012||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Black cherry liqueur, chocolate mint, espresso and black cherry in the mouth. Silky, with velvet tannins, stone and sweet, ripe, sensuous black and red fruits in the finish.
2,755 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
With 54% Merlot and 46% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.78. One of the keys to the vintage at Cheval Blanc was the extensive green harvesting needed, due to the extended time needed for flowering. In the perfume, the wine pops with flowers, licorice, earth, caramel and ripe, sweet blackberries. On the palate, the wine displays sweet black and red fruits, spice and a fresh purity of sweet fruit. The tannins are silky, the wine is fresh and long in the finish, complicated by an herbal, tapenade note buried in the fresh, ripe fruit. 94-96 Pts
4,770 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2012||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Peppery, flowers and herbs on the nose, with a lush, soft, elegant, kirsch liqueur, finesse styled finish.
1,923 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
75% Cabernet Franc with 25% Merlot create the blend. Flowers, licorice, red berries and elegant textures, dominated by fresh red plums and cherries, are the hallmark of this wine. 90-92 Pts
2,474 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From 52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot, the wine will be aged in 100% new oak and reached 13% alcohol. The Grand Vin represents 65% of the harvest. This is a fresh, elegant style of Cheval Blanc that offers soft, ripe, pure, fresh black and white cherries, floral, spice, truffle, smoke and earthy aromas along with supple textures. While refined and polished, 2011 Cheval Blanc lacks the depth found in 2009 and 2010, but the beautiful sense of purity in the fruit is something to behold. 95-96 Pts
4,313 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2011||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a large portion of Merlot at 75% and 25% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine opens to truffle, caramel and black cherry. Medium-bodied, with some dryness in the finish, the wine ends with black raspberry sensations. 88-89 Pts
2,767 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
An intriguing perfume filled with stone, flowers, blackberry liqueur, dark plums, licorice, smoke, oak and hints of bitter chocolate, asks and receives your attention. Lush, sensuous, silk and velvet drenched fruit drenched with opulence that borders on decadence coat your palate. The pure, intense, sensuous finish lasts at least 60 seconds. This sublime Bordeaux wine has become a better tasting experience since last tasted.
11,629 Views Tasted Jul 21, 2014
Cheval Blanc Produced from a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc than usual, 56% Cabernet Franc, with the remaining 34% percent relegated to Merlot; that assemblage is similar to what is planted in the vineyards today. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a 3.75 pH, allowing for a rich, ripe wine that is also alcoholic and fresh. Placing your nose into this wine reminds you of walking into a flower shop. The aromatics are further complicated with scents of stone, oak, truffle, caramel and black cherry. Pairing delicacy with power, this is an elegant, deep, wine of finesse, purity and refinement. Part of the reason for the wines success is the long and exacting time spent harvesting the fruit. The estate took three weeks to conclude picking. Previously, they finished the harvest in two weeks. 96-98 Pts
8,912 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2010||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With a perfume consisting of minerality, cocoa, plums, red and black plums with licorice. In the mouth, the soft, round, sophisticated wine ends with a fennel coated, red and black fruit finish.
4,914 Views Tasted Jul 20, 2011
Le Petit Cheval From 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this medium bodied wine is filled with coco powder, black cherry and licorice, coupled with freshness and round textures. 90-92 Pts
4,737 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Pure bottled hedonism. Opulent, velvet drenched fruits with textures of pure silk and a finish that hangs with you for close to 60 seconds. It is so off the hook now, it is scary to consider how good this wine is going to be with a decade or 2 of aging.
3,164 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2018
Bottled decadence, and then some. This is so hedonistic, opulent, pure, refined and elegant, it is hard to believe. Not even 10 years old and this already offers an incredible, unparalleled tasting experience. If you have the money, this is going to offer its pleasures for decades to come.
2,968 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2017
This is young, but its not all about potential. No sir! This is all about substance. The fruit is so silky, sexy and sensuous, it's hard not to smile as each sip add more complexities and nuances in its own, hedonistic manner. There is ripe fruit galore, freshness, complexity, length and more importantly, personality that makes you need another sip, and then another another glass. Now, if only I could get another bottle!
5,517 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2015
2009 Cheval Blanc is on fire in this vintage. Produced from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, a high percentage of Merlot for the chateau, the wine explodes with the intense aromas of jammy black raspberries, flowers, spice, and incense. Powerful, ripe, sweet, velvet textured, and perfectly balanced, this opulent, deep wine finishes with endless waves of spicy berries. This wine personifies decadence, elegance, and power. 96-99 Pts
11,590 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2010
|2009||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
2009 Le Petit Cheval, from 65% cabernet franc and the remainder merlot, is a medium bodied wine filled with silky black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. 90-92 Pts
4,981 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2010
|2008||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Starting to develop secondary nuances, with air you find flowers, tobacco, red fruits and cigar box notes. This is a classic style of Cheval Blanc, with concentration, energy and freshness that will require another decade before it starts getting ready to drink. It's going to be worth the wait, but be patient with this one.
1,830 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
2008 Cheval Blanc produced from a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc is another 2008 that improved over the past year. The intense perfume is filled with fresh herbs, cassis, plums, black cherries, exotic spice and spring flowers. Very classy and stylish, this elegant, sophisticated, balanced, rich and velvet textured wine offers freshness, purity and an evocative combination of red and black fruits.
8,880 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2014
08 Château Cheval Blanc is 50% merlot with 50% cabernet franc. Deep ruby with some purple accents, the wine was produced from low yields. Fresh flowers, oak, spice, and licorice on the nose. Soft, elegant, and rich, with round tannins and good structure and depth. This elegant wine ends with a long, fresh, pure, polished blackberry and black raspberry note. 94-97 Pts
5,980 Views Tasted Aug 1, 2009
|2008||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, the wine is showing its age in the color and with its secondary notes that are already on display. Medium bodied, with spicy red fruits and olive tapenade in the finish, this is ready for prime time drinking.
1,362 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
|2007||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Perfectly mature, the wine shows tobacco, flowers, red fruits and cigar box notes. In the mouth, you find a medium bodied wine with olives and herbs on top of the red fruits. This requires drinking today or in the near future.
3,472 Views Tasted May 4, 2017
|2007||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Showing its age in the color, nose and palate, you find roses, spices and cherries in the earthy perfume. Medium bodied, with herbal characteristics over the red fruits, this requires consumption to capture the remaining red fruits before they fade away.
1,890 Views Tasted May 4, 2017
|2006||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Tight, needs time and air to develop. This is a structured, firm, strict, tannic style of Cheval Blanc, with a classic, brisk, masculine, red berry character. Others that prefer that style of wine will like it more than I did.
3,284 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
Frim, bright, fresh, steely, slightly austere style of Cheval Blanc. Better on the nose than the palate. There is good definition of fruit, and perhaps another 10-15 years will help soften the wine, but this is better for lovers of more classic styles and vintages of Bordeaux. The wine was produced from a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc.
7,446 Views Tasted Oct 5, 2014
|2005||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Served double blind, there was no doubting the quality here. The show nose, with its floral, black plum, earth, herb, dark cherry and tobacco scents was easy to find. But today, much of the palate is held in reserve, and not showing its opulent, decadent fruit. Another 5-8 years of cellaring will allow this to really come alive.
7,860 Views Tasted Feb 5, 2017
This is so young, it's best tasted in the name of science. But if science is your thing, the blend of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot is bottled decadence. Silky, lush, rich, fresh and showing no hard edges, the fruit is perfectly ripe, fresh, long and expansive on your palate. If you are lucky enough to own this stunner, I'd wait until at least 2020 to 2025 before starting to pop the cork.
6,610 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2016
Blending 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, the wine pops with licorice, truffle, tobacco, flowers and fresh, ripe black and red fruits. Silky, soft, refined, elegant, supple, exotic, young and fresh, there is a long kirsch, griotte and black raspberry liqueur sensation that expands in the mouth and on the palate in the finish. As good as this is now, it's only going to get better as it continues to age.
4,966 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
Still young, clearly there is a great future with this stunner. It's just going to take time, at least another 10 years before the rich, sensuous, concentrated, silky character shines through. There is depth of flavor, silky tannins and a long, pure, essence of perfectly ripe, plum and cherry notes that really hang, long after the wine has left the glass.
3,309 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2015
Deep in color, there is a beautiful purity of fruit, but the wine is tight, primary and needed air along with coaxing before the licorice, floral, earth, black cherry, spice and chocolate covered plum notes began to emerge. Silky and seductive, the wine will be much better with at least another decade of bottle age.
6,856 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2012
|2005||Le Petit Cheval (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From a blend of 57% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot, the wine pops with caramel, black cherry and mint on the nose. There is a nice sweetness to the fruit, round textures and a medium body that makes this ready for prime time drinking today.
3,060 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
|2004||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With signs of maturity in the color, the smoky bouquet of cherry pipe tobacco, fresh herbs, kirsch, truffle and cigar box, the medium bodied wine is ready for prime time drinking. Soft, refined and silky, the finesse textures and sweet cherries feels great on your palate. Like many 2004 Bordeaux wines, this is ready to drink. I just wish it had a more concentration.
3,431 Views Tasted Nov 30, 2014
|2003||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Plummy, pruney and round, with mocha, truffle, nut, coffee bean and blackberry jam aromas. Medium bodied, soft and open, the wine ends with sweet and tart red and black plums. The finish is a bit short.
5,314 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
From a blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, the wine is medium bodied and delivers more in its aromatics than on the palate. The perfume serves up a nose of fresh herbs, plum, earth, toast, coconut and dark cherry. The wine is soft and polished in texture, but lacks the density of material and complexity found in many of the best vintages. This is probably close to fully mature today. You do not need to pop your corks tonight. But I am not sure there is going to be much improvement from this point forward, due to further aging.
4,932 Views Tasted Dec 18, 2013
|2002||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, firm, spicy, classic style here, with a floral and peppery edge to all the red fruits, earth and tobacco. The wine ends with a slightly dilute, fresh, bright plummy finish. While successful for the vintage, this is not a very strong Cheval Blanc.
4,446 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2016
|2001||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Really coming on strong at 16 years of age, the texture is the perfect blend of regal, opulence and finesse. There is volume, sensuous mouth feels and perfume, but there is an undercurrent of green flavors with all those beautiful, plummy sensations in the end note, that stops this from scoring even higher. Decanted about 30 minutes, another 30 minutes would have been a bit better.
4,620 Views Tasted Jan 17, 2017
Plum, cocoa, floral, cherry and mineral scents open to a medium/full bodied wine that is filled with sweet, red berries. This round, soft, open wine is drinking well today. It's not a wine I'd look to cellar long term.
5,728 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2013
Dominated by 60% Merlot with the remainder Cabernet Franc, at 10, like many 2001 Right Bank wines this has turned out better than expected. Floral aromas are complicated by fennel, black and red plums, truffle, black cherries, earth, stone, spice, tobacco and leafy scents. Medium/full bodied, lush, round and opulent in texture, this sophisticated, sensuous wine ends with licorice, black plums, and cherries.
6,626 Views Tasted Aug 5, 2011
|2000||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
If you are looking for a sex in the bottle type of wine, look no further. Incredibly sensuous, the texture combines the best elements of silk, cashmere and velvet. The perfectly ripe fruits range from black plums to even darker cherries. On the finish, it all comes together with the added nuances of licorice, plum liqueur, dark chocolate and cherry notes. You can drink this now. But if you really want the wine at its best, give it at least another 7 years or so.
4,422 Views Tasted May 25, 2018
What a wine! The perfume, with its floral accented, juicy plums and cherries is singing. The sensuous textures feel great while they longer for close to 60 seconds. There is concentration, depth and excitement here. Still young, patience will add more to this wine in every dimension.
3,966 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2017
With a complex perfume consisting of flowers, licorice, black raspberries, spice, incense, smoke, tobacco and roasted cherries, the wine really grabs your focus. As good as that is, the best is yet to come. The wine hits the sensuality button again and again with its purity of fruit and silky, sensual, supple, polished textures and long finish. Decanted about 2 hours, this was ready to go.
5,830 Views Tasted Feb 12, 2016
Showing the beginning of secondary notes with its tobacco, truffle, earth, plum liqueur, cherry and cigar box aromatics, the wine is sweet, lush, fresh, polished and sexy. Still young, you can drink this now for its freshness and power, or you can age it for more complexity and texture.
4,303 Views Tasted May 13, 2015
Pure silk, velvet and cashmere in texture, this is sensuous, hedonistic, rich, pure and clean. The stunning levels of concentration in the exotic, perfectly ripe fruit, coupled with the decadent, sexy mouth feel and amazing length really make an impression.
6,246 Views Tasted May 17, 2014
Purity, polish, sex and hedonism in a glass. If you Google decadent wine, an image of 2000 Cheval Blanc should appear. Every sniff, sip and swallow is pure, unabashed , velvet textured pleasure.
5,179 Views Tasted Apr 7, 2014
Powerful, full bodied, rich, intense aromatically and on the palate, the wine is pure, polished silk in texture. Still young, I'd wait at least 5 years to open this beautiful, sexy, opulent, wine. Time is going to make this much more decadent.
8,100 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2013
Perfectly ripe, cherries, plum and blackberry, truffle, earth, coffee, flowers and spice create a complex perfume. On the palate this is pure silk and velvet, that coats your taste receptors with plum liqueur sensations and a beautiful sensation of purity in the fruit. There is not a hard edge to be found in this St. Emilion wine. Drink it today, or give it another decade or two, to allow for more complexity and silk.
9,386 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
With a complicated perfume featuring flowers, herbs, juicy black and red plums, stone, earth, spice and coconut, your attention is riveted on what comes next. Rich, refined, opulent and elegant, this unique expression of Bordeaux wine is balanced, long and intense ending in a beautiful finish filled with pure ripe dark berries and sensuous textures that stays with you for close to a minute. Still young, this will only get better!
12,295 Views Tasted Jul 21, 2011
Aromatics of ripe black raspberry, flowers, herbs, plums, minerals, coconut and spice box is compelling. This Bordeaux wine marries intensity with balance, complexity, purity and an exotic style. The seamless finish of juicy, ripe plums and dark berries fills your mouth with pleasure and remains etched on your palate for close to sixty seconds!
17,191 Views Tasted Mar 5, 2010
In character, this reminded me of the 90. The finish was not quite as long and it lacked a bit of the opulence found in the 90, but I imagine that will change in 10 years. This is a stunning wine that requires time before opening up and showing its stunning charms.
13,569 Views Tasted Jun 6, 2008
|1999||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Coconut, earth, plums, black cherry, tobacco and stone scents are the first thing you notice. Soft, silky, refined and elegant in texture, this is all about elegance, and not power. It's ready for prime time drinking now.
5,447 Views Tasted May 24, 2013
Black cherry, anise, smoke, fresh herbs and blackberry notes in the perfume. Medium/full bodied. The soft finish blends dark fruits with a minor touch of green notes. A sign of the vintage.
6,771 Views Tasted May 22, 2010
With its compelling melange of herbs, spices, red fruit and plums. Better on the nose than the palate, this medium bodied, elegantly textured, stylish wine, is already drinking nicely.
6,195 Views Tasted Jun 6, 2008
|1998||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This is a future rock star! At 20, it is a stunning tasting experience. The opulent, no, make that decadent texture is a show stopper! The layers of perfectly ripe, sweet, exotic, cherry and plum seem to come in endless waves. You can park your nose in a glass of this for hours. And the best is yet to come. While this is quite pricey, it is probably the best deal for those with the extra income to buy in today's, increasingly, expensive world.
3,352 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2018
There is no better vintage of Cheval Blanc for the money the 1998. Pure sensuality on the palate, this is a hedonistic, thrill ride. Silky, sexy, full bodied, concentrated, complex and showy, this is just now starting to show off its layers and levels of charm and pleasures. This is the best showing yet for this stunner.
3,864 Views Tasted Nov 12, 2017
It's hard to get over how great this wine really is. Picture pure bottled decadence, due to its sensuous textures, blend of ripe and almost over ripe, sweet, lush, velvet drenched fruits that build, expand leave an impression. If you want to know why so many people go crazy over Cheval Blanc, this is the bottle to try.
5,566 Views Tasted Feb 22, 2016
Cheval Blanc is not cheap. But if you want to know why people pay the amount of money they do for a bottle, 1998 Cheval Blanc is the wine to buy! This is pure silk, velvet and lush, perfectly ripe, polished, sweet plums, truffle, berries, spice, herbs, fennel and earth. Still young, this sensuous wine drinks great today, and will hit rockstar status in a decade!
5,867 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2015
If you're looking for a great bottle of Cheval Blanc, this is the wine to buy. While it's clearly quite pricey, for Cheval Blanc, it's for some odd reason, still sort of fairly priced. Especially when you consider the sublime, sensuous experience the wine provides. Opulence bordering on decadence on the palate, with a perfume that demands to be bottled, sold and worn, this is only going to get better and better over the years.
6,458 Views Tasted Jan 24, 2014
Deep, dark in color and in flavor. Powerful. Polished tannins coupled with incredible levels of concentrated fruit, silky, sexy, decadent textures and long, opulent finish are what you'll find in this wine.
8,092 Views Tasted Jun 6, 2013
Smoke, truffle, tobacco, black cherry jam, licorice, spice, floral, leaf and forest floor aromas get you going. The wine is fleshy, fresh, concentrated and sports an opulent and exotic texture. The wine is pure velvet and silk on the palate. The finish is long, clean, pure and sensuous. Still young, this offers pleasure today, but the best is yet to come.
6,283 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2012
Still young, this dark colored wine offers up an explosive array of aromatics. Very concentrated for Cheval Blanc. The palate is awash in a sea of sexy, black and red, fruit, spices and herbs. This will be an amazing Cheval with another 5-10 additional years of bottle age.
4,887 Views Tasted May 15, 2010
This is the real deal! It is better than the 82, but not quite at the level of the extraordinary 1990. And that is truly saying something. Silky, rich, exotic and incredibly lush on the palate. Very concentrated, with multiple layers of ripe, black fruits coupled with red fruit accents. The wine ends with a seamless finish that lasts close to sixty seconds! Too bad it can no longer be purchased for what was considered the outrageous sum of $200. Ahhh, those were the good old days.
8,715 Views Tasted Oct 14, 2008
Better than the 82, but not quite as good as the 90. The nose is explosive. The palate texture is something every wine drinker needs to experience at least once. It is so silky, sexy and exotic. The seamless finish lasts close to :60.
5,395 Views Tasted Aug 31, 2007
|1995||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This is a hard style of Cheval Blanc. The nose is there, but on the palate, the wine exerts a certain toughness on the palate that some tasters might like more than others. That is just not something I seek in Cheval Blanc. If this sounds like your type of wine, you can pop a cork on it today, or age it a few more years.
3,689 Views Tasted Mar 19, 2016
The last few years have not helped this wine mature. Hard, austere and lacking the charm one would expect from Cheval Blanc, the wine serves up too much olive, herb and leafy notes and note enough fruit. The tannins were dry, ending with sweet and tart, red berries in the finish. For tasters convinced Robert Parker is the devil and that a return to yesterday's Bordeaux would make the world a better place, this is your style of wine. It obviously did not work for me.
3,971 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
From an assemblage of 50% Cabernet Franc and 50% Merlot, the perfume opens with licorice, crushed stone, cocoa, flowers, plums, spice and ripe cherries. The texture of this beautiful St. Emilion wine is soft, opulent, plush and refined. The lush finish ends with spicy red and black plums with hints of rich, velvety dark chocolate. A few more years will add more complexity to the nose and textures. This is one of the better Bordeaux wines from 1995, a vintage that is marked by harsh tannins. When Cheval Blanc is on, it offers a unique combination of elegance and sensuality that is seldom found in most wines.
7,244 Views Tasted Sep 28, 2011
|1994||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Much better on the nose, with its earthy, floral, tobacco and cherry personality, than on the almost, lean, stern, medium bodied, crisp palate. At close to 24 years of age, this is not going to get better from here. This is the other side of classic.
3,199 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2017
|1993||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
A nice wine, but a moderate Cheval Blanc is the right way to state things here. Medium bodied, with a distinctive herbal edge, there is a crisp quality to the plums along with alternating sweet and tart fruits in the finish. There is no reason to age this any longer.
4,185 Views Tasted May 10, 2017
|1990||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
It was love at the first whiff of that gorgeous perfume. And if that did not seal the deal, the sensuous, sexed up, palate presence with a finish that hung in there for more than 60 seconds sealed the deal. This is a future legend!
3,752 Views Tasted Oct 10, 2018
Close to full maturity, but with no hurry to drink it, this is the quintessential, opulent wine. Lush, but not fat. It's elegant and hedonistic at the same time. Floral, smoky, licorice, coconut and plum notes make an impression. But it is the silky, sexy palate presence that seals the deal.
3,522 Views Tasted May 30, 2017
This is a consistent stunner. With its, sexy, lush, opulent and exotic textures, the lavender, licorice, sweet plum and cherry, smoke, dark chocolate and earthy nose really grabs you. But at least for me, it is the incredibly sensuous mouth feel from start to finish that makes this a ride worth taking.
3,760 Views Tasted Sep 1, 2016
This is the perfect blend of purity, elegance, refinement, opulence and complexity and character. It's more than flawless, it's stunning in every sense of the word. There is such a beauty and purity of fruit in this wine, it's hard to believe. Even better, it's pure hedonism as well. With an hour or 2 of decanting, this is drinking right where it needs to be. For the 1%'s, this is a wine they should be buying.
4,389 Views Tasted Nov 9, 2015
This was a very good, but not great bottle of what can often be a 100 Pt wine. Not that I'm complaining. The nose was off the hook with its earthy, floral, tobacco, sweet cherry and fresh herb profile. But on the palate, the wine fell a bit shorter than it can deliver at its best.
3,384 Views Tasted Aug 25, 2015
1990 Cheval Blanc is so sexy, it should be illegal. Pure decadence in the glass does not do this justice. Luscious, velvety, pure, fresh and ostentatious, this is a stunning bottle of wine that can leave a talkative taster speechless.
5,705 Views Tasted Jan 21, 2015
A stunning wine in every sense. The explosive nose serves up black and blue fruits, truffle, tobacco, blackberries, flowers and forest scents. The texture is silk and velvet. If that does not grab you, the finish lingers and expands. Bottled decadence.
5,187 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2014
This is an orgasm in a glass. There is no better way to express how sexy, sensuous, silky and decadent this wine is. Perfect in every way from the start, through to the long, expansive, lingering finish, this is what pure hedonism is all about.
7,180 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
Licorice, flowers, dark chocolate covered, black raspberries and plums with over ripe black cherry scents is the first thing you notice. What keeps your attention riveted to your glass is the pure silk and polished velvet, opulent and even decadent textures. The finish must last for at least 60 seconds!Served at one of those marathon tastings with so many great bottles, stunning wines are often lost in the mix. The 1990 Cheval Blanc stood out from the pack, grabbed my interest and never let go. Insanely expensive, but with good reason. This is about as good as a wine gets. I do not have the funds to go out and buy more, but I would never sell my bottles. This wine was so good, just writing up the tasting note brings a smile to face remembering the wine.
7,874 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2013
Explosive aromas find their way from the glass with an array of scents ranging from truffle, coconut, spice box, cherry blossom and earth, to tobacco and sweet, plums. Silky tannins give the wine an incredibly sensuous texture, as the wine glides effortlessly across the palate. The wine has depth, concentration and the structure to age and develop for decades.
8,307 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2012
Powerful, rich, dense, exotic and sensuous in texture, the wine opens with a compelling blast of licorice, smoke, leather, blackberry, forest floor, earth and black cherry jam. This is about as good as a wine gets. Tasted blind, with only 15-20 minutes to spend with the glass, I image the wine would score even higher if it were allowed to develop in the glass during the night. Drink it now, of age or cellar it for another 10-15 or 20 years, this is a rock start bottle of Cheval Blanc.
6,996 Views Tasted Sep 4, 2012
Deep, dark and filled with fresh plums, flowers, truffles, chocolate and coconut, that reminded me of an almond joy candy bar with hints of black cherries. Luscious, soft, sexy, refined elegance with a sense of purity. This intense, decadent wine coats your palate with plush, ripe, black and red fruits. The long finish is seamless. Along with the perfect 2000, this remains my favorite current of Cheval Blanc.
10,662 Views Tasted May 26, 2011
With an intoxicating perfume of fresh truffles, tobacco, ripe plums, smoke, coconut and kirsch, this wine grabs your attention. Full bodied and concentrated with exotic, velvety, decadent textures, the wine finishes with a sensuous, kinky black cherry and kirsch component. As good as it is, this will only get better wine more time!
11,280 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2010
Exotic was the first descriptor that came to mind. The aromatics exploded from the glass in every direction. Spices and herbs blend with exotic, very ripe red fruit notes to produce a perfume demanding to be bottled. The next sensation is the stunning voluptuously and layered palate presence that offers a seamless finish. This is better than the more expensive 82 which seems to fade a little bit every time I taste it.
8,834 Views Tasted Jun 6, 2008
Roasted coconut is the first smell greeting your nose followed by a mélange of red and black fruit with herbs. In this flight, the Cheval seemed lighter and slightly more developed than the other wines. Cheval’s opulent, voluptuous, accessible style can be enjoyed now, but based on where this wine’s at, and previous older bottles of Cheval, I’m willing to bet this wine evolves for decades.
5,569 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2007
This is so opulent, complex, rich, sensual and seamless. Can wine get any better than this? The fruit glides across your palate and awakens all your senses. This is what elegance in a wine is all about.
5,868 Views Tasted Nov 2, 2005
|1989||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With more concentration, this would rock. It has the silky, exotic textures, complex nose that marries cedar, tobacco, cigar box, floral, cherry and plum notes, but the lack of depth and length keeps it from earning a higher score. This is probably at full maturity. It should remain here for at least another decade or 2.
3,315 Views Tasted Jan 17, 2018
Such a beautiful style of wine, but it lacks concentration and depth of flavor. Still, it's hard not to enjoy the soft, silky, earthy, ripe, red berries, tobacco, flowers and tobacco in the perfume, or the elegant, soft plums and herbs in the finish. This is fully mature and while there is no urgency to drink it, it will not gain much for further aging.
2,332 Views Tasted Nov 14, 2017
Fully mature, this is slightly more interesting on the nose, with its earthy, spicy, floral and red fruit character, than on the soft, silky, medium bodied palate. The red fruit have complexity but there is a slight rustic feeling in the end note and a touch of green that takes away from the overall experience.
3,503 Views Tasted Jun 24, 2015
Really nice charmer, with silky, soft, textures, sweet, plum, earth and chocolate that is perfect for drinking today and for at least the next decade.
4,005 Views Tasted Aug 10, 2014
Considering the vintage and the great success enjoyed by many properties from the Right Bank, is slightly disappointing. Light in color, with flowers, herbs, cherries and smoke aromas. Elegant and silky, and filled with finesse, but, unfortunately, also quite light. The finish was short in the mid palate as well. If this were a quarter of the price, I’d be thrilled; yet, for Cheval Blanc, all I can say is that it’s no 1990.
6,898 Views Tasted Jun 19, 2009
Light in color, flowers, herbs, cherries and smoke aromas. Medium bodied. Very elegant, but unfortunately, also very light. The finish was short with little mid palate
2,257 Views Tasted Oct 5, 2004
|1988||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, fresh, earthy, floral wine, with a steak of herbs, and leafy notes. There is softness to the tannins, but there is a leafy, green, discernable note in the otherwise, red plum finish. There is no reason for further aging here.
1,483 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2019
Medium bodied, with a definite herbal streak in the middle of its cherry core, the wine has softness to the texture, and it allows its floral nature to barely poke through, but the herbal character is in the fore front.
3,460 Views Tasted Dec 15, 2015
The years have been kind to this wine as it has developed well. With its lush, plum, coconut, truffle and cherry perfume, medium body and slight hint of rusticity to the tannins, this nice example of a classic Cheval Blanc is drinking great today.
4,106 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
|1986||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
There is a strict, firm character here, that intrudes in the medium bodied, red cherry and plum notes. Better on the nose, with earthy, tobacco leaf, herb and red fruits, than on the austere palate. This is a nice wine, but not a great Cheval.
1,788 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2019
Fully mature, the wine is firm and almost austere. It carries the mark of the 86 vintage, instead of the Cheval Blanc breeding, charm and sex appeal. With air, it tries softening, but it cannot quite get there. This is perfect for those that prefer old school, harder, classic styled Bordeaux.
2,209 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2018
The nose is there, the fruit is refined, the wine is mature, but the finish is a little short.
5,325 Views Tasted Jan 13, 2015
Better than expected. Light in color, with bricking, this fully mature, soft, medium bodied wine expresses spicy red berries, flowers, herbs, forest floor and tobacco notes.
5,286 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
|1985||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Truffle, tobacco, plum, flowers, cherry, earth and spice scents opened to a plush, opulent, sensuous, medium/full bodied, lush, sexy, Cheval Blanc that is drinking beautifully today.
5,131 Views Tasted Aug 16, 2012
Stellar aromatics and a palate presence that is pure silk and sex appeal. Incredible, velvet fruit caresses your palate in layer after layer of pleasure. Not the most concentrated vintage of Cheval Blanc. But so what? This wine is a treat for tasters seeking a sensuous drinking experience.
5,078 Views Tasted Jun 6, 2010
The complex nose excites your senses, but, the opulent, sexy, suave, sophisticated mouth feel is the money shot. Other wines score higher technically, many wines are more concentrated, but few wines deliver as much on the hedonistic pleasure meter. You drink Cheval Blanc to experience the beautiful voluptuousness that is only found in Cheval Blanc.
4,203 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2009
|1983||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The exotic, velvety textures kick the ripe, luscious fruits into the sweet spot on your palate. Full bodied, concentrated and fragrant, all the floral, earthy, leafy, tobacco and red fruit essences are in full force. This is drinking at peak, but I am sure bottles with good storage should remain at this high level for over a decade. Better than the 82, and a lot less money too!
3,171 Views Tasted Jan 17, 2018
Is the secret out about how good the 1983 Cheval Blanc really is? If not, it should be! With soaring aromatics of truffle, plum, fennel, black cherry, spice and wet earth, this plush, polished, sexy wine ends with decadently, textured, spicy, perfectly ripe fruits. This could improve with time, but it's drinking so good now, there is no reason to wait to pop a cork.
3,973 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
Coconut, sweet cherry blossoms. smoke, blackberry, plum and truffle aromas. Soft, sexy, opulent and polished textures are in full force in this quintessential, finesse styled wine. The fresh, ripe, cherry, plum and spicy finish is pure velvet. This is my favorite Cheval Blanc for current consumption. The only thing from stopping me for awarding more points is the finish could be a little longer.
6,636 Views Tasted Feb 13, 2013
Sweet pipe tobacco, boysenberry, chocolate, spice, truffle, black cherry and forest aromas pop from the glass. As good as the perfume it, the silky, lush, sexy, refined texture and long, opulent finish are even better. It's not cheap. But for a mature vintage of Cheval Blanc, this is the wine to buy,
4,831 Views Tasted Sep 4, 2012
Cheval Blanc Floral, spice, truffle, plum, earth and black cherry aromas lead to waves of soft, opulent, rich, ripe, polished plums. Round, soft, sweet and sexy, this is fully mature and due to the mixed reputation of the vintage, this wine sells for a fair price for a Cheval Blanc of this quality.
6,625 Views Tasted May 26, 2011
83 Cheval Blanc is filled with scents of roses, plums, spice, coconut, coffee and cedar, While Cheval Blanc is often prized for its aromatic qualities, this wine takes over your palate with its voluptuous, opulent, velvet laced textures. The polished plum, black cherry and dark berries fill your mouth with pleasure. The long, silky finish is balanced and harmonious. 83 Cheval Blanc continues improving while 82 Cheval Blanc keeps becoming less interesting at each tasting.
8,288 Views Tasted Sep 5, 2010
Cedar, plums, ripe black fruits and that unmistakable herbal, minty, forest note that comes from ripe Cabernet Franc. Still tannic, with a plush, lush, chocolate infused finish and good freshness. As good as it was, I’ve had better bottles of the 83 Cheval.
2,089 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2008
|1982||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Texturally, the wine is soft, polished, elegant and sensuous, with an earthy, cherry, tobacco center. This is refined hedonism. Fully mature, there is no reason for further aging.
4,620 Views Tasted Mar 13, 2017
Fully mature, elegant, graceful, silky and refined, with polished, soft, sweet, dark red fruits, truffle, flowers, earth and tobacco, the wine truly feels great on your palate. The problem comes in with how the wine is aging. The wine has lost some of its exotic, opulent, flamboyant quality with time, and those traits were what made this really stand out.
2,848 Views Tasted Feb 8, 2016
The wine has been on the slow, downhill slope for years and this bottle was no exception. With an advanced color for its age, the nose was more interesting than the palate. While silky, soft and smooth, there was a hint of dryness in the finish that reduced the level of enjoyment in the wine. Other bottles have been better, but as you know, after 20 years of age, there are only great bottles, there are no great wines.
3,247 Views Tasted Jul 27, 2015
One of the best bottles of this beauty I've tasted in years. Sweet, luscious, opulent, velvet textured and aromatic. Fully mature, this is not a wine for long term aging, but it certainly delivers a lot of pleasure today if well stored.
3,554 Views Tasted Nov 24, 2014
Very, very good, but too short for greatness. Still, the silky, sensuous, opulent, textures and complex aromatics make a real impression. This wine was better 5-10 years ago. If you have a bottle, drink it, as it's only going to fade with more time.
4,988 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
Even though the fruit was starting to fade, the coconut, plum, pepper, truffle, cocoa, tobacco leaf and spicy perfume got you going. Opulent, sensuous and plush in texture, the wine finishes with rich, silky, polished, exotic cherries. This was a better wine a decade ago and does not quite live up to its reputation.
5,944 Views Tasted Mar 26, 2013
Coconut, cherry pipe tobacco, truffles, spice, old wood and wet forest floor aromas create the perfume. The fruit has faded since its glory days and finish is not as long or exotic as it used to be. It ends far too quickly. While this is still a great wine, for the money and the pleasure, 1983 Cheval Blanc is the better wine.
4,697 Views Tasted Dec 12, 2012
1982 Cheval Blanc is starting to fade. Coconut, chocolate, mint, black cherry, earth, spice and fresh, green leaf aromas create the perfume. On the palate, the wine is pure silk and velvet. But its lost some of its richness and voluptuous qualities that were on display a decade ago. Sell or drink now.
5,017 Views Tasted Sep 4, 2012
A beautiful bouquet of fresh picked flowers, spice, ripe black cherries, earth, truffle, tobacco, forest floor and smoke aromatics gets the wine noticed. The feminine, silky, refined, velvet textures keeps your attention. Not as concentrated as it used to be, plus the wine shows an advanced light color. While there is no hurry to drink it, bottles of 82 Cheval Blanc wine enjoyed 5-10 years ago seemed richer and more complex. The wine ends with a long, plum, truffle, spice, cassis and coffee.
8,034 Views Tasted Aug 17, 2011
Coconut, truffle, flowers, plums, cassis, black cherry, chocolate, fresh herbs, Asian spice and espresso bean. Silky, soft and round, medium/full bodied and sexy in style, this Bordeaux wine is slightly past full maturity.
8,508 Views Tasted May 26, 2011
1982 Cheval Blanc can offer an intense, exotic, coconut tinged tasting experience. Other times, the wine can seem past its prime. This bottle was in the middle. Great aromatics, but not as sexy or decadent on the palate as I would have liked. This was a very good 82 Cheval, but it lacked the intense exotic qualities emanating from the best bottles. Thess days, a strong bottle of 83 Cheval might be more fun and interesting to taste as well.
8,721 Views Tasted Aug 22, 2010
This bottle seemed mature. Coconut, red and black fruits with herbs thrilled your nose and senses. The sensuous mouth feel from the concentrated, velvety, ripe fruit was the star of the show. If you want to try a wine that defines opulence, this is a good place to start.
3,039 Views Tasted Dec 22, 2008
Red and black fruit, herbs, licorice, and an intoxicating note of chocolate covered, roasted coconut. The coconut aromatic was absolutely compelling and remained the entire evening. Does the coconut aroma come from the cooperage? On the palate, dense, concentrated, plush, rich, sexy, velvety fruit bathed your senses. Very deep and complex, with multiple layers of fruit that cascades over your palate. This is pure elegance.
2,998 Views Tasted Jan 10, 2007
The color seemed too developed for its age and the aromatics were not as interesting as I, or the others remembered. Fully developed, decadent fruit, but because of the bottles condition, not as good as we had hoped.
2,926 Views Tasted Nov 7, 2006
|1978||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With some wines, it's easy to tell if they are dead, or dying. It was a close call on this one. The aromatics offered more life with their truffle, tobacco, earth, spice, smoke and hint of cherry. On the finish, it was tart, dry and sour red berries. I would not buy this as a birth year wine as their is no future in holding it. Drink up.
4,196 Views Tasted Nov 18, 2012
|1975||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature and quite charming for the vintage, truffle, plum, black raspberry, dark cherry, forest floor and tobacco notes create the perfume. Sweet, cherry fruit, earth, spice box and soft textures, with a slight bit of rusticity are found in the finish.
4,780 Views Tasted Aug 14, 2012
|1971||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fully mature, with a ruby and tea color in its hue, the wine is silky smooth, soft, elegant and medium bodied. Focused on its secondary earthy, truffle, floral, cherry pipe tobacco, strawberry and red berry essence, there is no reason to wait for further development.
3,426 Views Tasted Jul 4, 2015
|1970||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This beautiful bottle of fully mature, Cheval Blanc was medium bodied, with silky, soft textures and aromas of plum, cherry, truffle, herbs, tobacco and forest floor. Quite charming.
3,949 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2015
Tasted twice in the same week, from different cases, the wine offered similar results. Light ruby with bricking in color, the perfume opened with tobacco, earth, spice box, plum, herb and forest floor scents. Medium bodied, with a simple, light weight, short, spicy, dark red berry finish. There is no reason to age this wine. Drink up before the remaining fruit fades away.
4,746 Views Tasted Mar 7, 2012
This was a bit tired. Ample leafy scents, fresh herbs, smoke, truffle, coffee, dark cherries and caramel were easy to find. Medium bodied and softly textured, this elegant, but light wine ended with caramel coated cassis flavors. There is no reason to hold this any longer. Drink up.
6,425 Views Tasted Jul 29, 2010
|1967||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Much better than the previous bottle, while the length was nothing to write home about, the soft, semi-opulent textures were a treat. The minor amounts of remaining fruit were holding on to some sweetness, and the nose, while on the earthy, tobacco side, was still holding interest. For a birthday or anniversary, this remains a reasonable, but fading choice,
1,536 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2019
I bet it's been at least a decade since this wine was in its prime. More rustic and bright, than fresh and silky, and that's a nice way of putting it. There is not much left here. If you have a bottle, drink up.
2,116 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2016
|1966||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light, fading and starting to drop fruit, this requires consumption before it loses more fruit. The texture has a smooth quality, the tertiary development is the best part of the experience, but the wine lacks distinction and exciting characteristics. Drink up.
3,471 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2016
|1964||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
At first, the wine was marked with VA, but that faded after a short time in the decanter and glass. Spice, earth and a decadent array of truffles. Rich, silky, opulent fruit poured over your palate like oil dripping from a spout. The wine finished with a plethora of roasted, opulent, black fruits accompanied by velvet textures. Surely, 64 Cheval has to be in contention for wine of the vintage in a year that favored the Right Bank.
4,863 Views Tasted Aug 6, 2008
|1961||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Talk about bottled decadence, this is the real deal. Miles either did not have a good bottle of this, or drinking out of a Dixie cup killed it, because this sexy stunner is the real deal. Silky, opulent, and bordering on decadent, the fruit has this porty quality that adds to the richness, depth, length and sweetness.
1,369 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2019
The nose, with its truffle, licorice, roasted plum, wet earth, tobacco and black raspberry nose gets your engines revved up. Medium bodied, lush, opulent and graceful in texture, the finish feels great on your palate. The only thing missing was a bit more length in the finish. The wine is the product of naturally, incredibly low yields of 11 hectoliters per hectare.
5,861 Views Tasted Oct 15, 2015
Past fully mature, yet there was a lot to like about the elegant, silky textures, truffle earth, forest floor, plum, cherry and cigar box nose. Medium bodied, the wine leaves you with a soft, earthy, sweet cherry finish. While this might not have been the best bottle, my instincts say, if you're holding a bottle for development, I would not push my luck. I'd pop that cork.
6,011 Views Tasted Dec 22, 2014
|1955||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Another great showing for this stellar wine. The purity of fruit stands out here. There is still freshness, silky textures and layers of sweet, ripe cherries that are complicated by the wet earth, floral and tobacco nuances. If you find a well-stored example, this is worth taking a chance on.
1,421 Views Tasted Sep 8, 2018
Bottled by Vandermeulen, this showed really well. Plush, soft, and plummy, medium/full bodied, with earthy, but clearly ripe fruit, the wine improved in the glass for about 30 minutes. Much better than the 55 Cheval Blanc I tasted from magnum a few weeks ago. I would not be surprised to discover that this was bottled with a bit of Port in it.
2,264 Views Tasted Aug 15, 2017
At this age, it is all about the bottle, cork, provenance and luck. From a magnum, the nose was there, the textures were soft and the patina of age was showing nicely. But the wine faded on the palate far too quickly. I've had better bottles, but this was still a treat.
2,510 Views Tasted Aug 3, 2017
Much better than previous bottles, this is sensuous, supple and rich, with aromatic complexities, silky tannins and density in the velvet textured finish.
2,743 Views Tasted Mar 17, 2017
Coconut, truffle, wet earth, gravel, floral and cherry scents created the aromatics. On the palate, the wine was soft, round and silky, ending in a plush, spicy, red cherry finish. This has moved past its prime time drinking window. I would not hold it for improvement as there is more to lost than gain by waiting.
4,072 Views Tasted Oct 16, 2012
|1953||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Much better on the palate, with its lush textures, than on the nose, due to its strong nutty character. More than fully mature, if you are sitting on any, the wine is going to continue losing fruit from here.
1,911 Views Tasted Dec 29, 2018
This bottle was more than fully mature, with serious brickng in its color. Better on the complex nose, with its truffle, stone, plum, earth, smoke, cigar box and cola scents than on the palate. While the texture is pure softness, coupled with the patina of age, the fruit is fading, leaving you with soft, earthy plums and cherries. Drink up if you are lucky enough to have a bottle.
5,506 Views Tasted Mar 20, 2014
|1950||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This showed a brown sugar color with vague hints of red and brick poking through. The longer the wine remained open, the darker the color got. By the end of the lunch, the wine was a completely different shade. As Spock would say, "Fascinating." Incredible scents of licorice, earth, truffles, herbs, soy, kirsch, black cherry, root beer and fresh coffee wafted from the glass in a continuos stream of perfume. In the mouth, your palate was drenched with very concentrated, dense, blackberry, coffee, black fruit and cola notes. The viscous texture with the silky patina of age was a treat I will not forget. The finish, texture and flavor continued opening and improving in the glass during the two hours we spent with the wine. It reminded me of the 21 Cheval Blanc.
5,788 Views Tasted Aug 6, 2008
|1949||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
1949 Cheval Blanc explodes with complex aromatics the moment the cork is gently pulled from the clutches of the bottle. Crushed stone, truffle, tobacco, smoke, cherry blossoms, cigar box, 5 spice and melted cherries are the first things you sense. This wine is all about the fragrance and texture. The mouth feel, shaped by the patina of 6 decades of aging is pure silk and velvet. This delicate St. Emilion ends with spicy, sweet, earthy cherries, herbs and strawberry. This was my second time tasting '49 Cheval Blanc. The previous bottle was a much better tasting experience. You know what they say, with time, there is no such thing as a great wine, just great bottles. While this bottle might not have been great, it was good and I was honored to have tasted it.
4,250 Views Tasted Aug 6, 2011
|1947||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This deeply colored wine offered an array of aromatics including plums, spices, leather, earth and chocolate mint. The wine was clearly concentrated offering great depth. The palate presence was very weighty, but, the finish seemed a little shorter than you find in the best bottles of 47 Cheval Blanc. Still, this was an honor and a treat to taste
15,286 Views Tasted Jun 15, 2008
|1934||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The color of rose hip tea, the wine is sublime for 82 years of age. Elegant, soft and fragrant, the red berry fruits alternate from sweet to tart, while the silky, soft textures really grab your focus.
1,860 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2016
|1929||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
With just a few months to go before it hits 90 years of age, this is a stunner! The silky, sexy textures are still there. You can enjoy the remnants of ripe, sweet, cherry and red plums, along with the truffle, tobacco and smoky nuances. Speechless this was on the table.
1,897 Views Tasted Jul 18, 2018
|1928||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The patina of age is perfect here, giving the wine a stunning set of aromatics to accompany the wave of raspberry, cherry, kirsch and herbs. There is still depth, concentration and focus, with a bit of harshness to tannins, as to be expected from the excruciatingly tannic vintage, yet that does not stop you from all the pleasure each sniff, swirl and sip bring to this 91 year old wine.
866 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2019
Just the thought of drinking Cheval Blanc that is edging close to 100 years of age is enough to make a taster weak in the knees. But being a professional, I was ready. Flowers, smoke, kirsch, barbecue, forest floor, earth, gravel, cigar box and mocha created a beautiful cornucopia of fragrances. Pure, long, lush and silky on the palate, the wine finished with layers of sweet, juicy, ripe, cherry and strawberry.
5,165 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2012
|1924||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Dark rust in color, coffee, iron, cassis, tobacco and cedar wood. Tart, acidic, cranberry and cassis flavors that starts softly and ends with dry tannins.
2,960 Views Tasted May 1, 2012
|1921||Château Cheval Blanc (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
This incredibly, complex Bordeaux nose offered so many aromas, I’d have an easier time trying to count the holes in Albert Hall before I could name them all. But, the fireworks did not end with an amazing nose. The Port like syrupy texture of the wine gliding over your palate was surreal. The decadent wine continued gaining in the glass for several hours. This was positively riveting. Unfortunately, I will never be able to see what my 90 Cheval Blanc will taste like at 85, but I will never forget tasting this wine!
5,224 Views Tasted Mar 15, 2006