1990 Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


1990 Château Cheval Blanc  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 100

Purity, hedonism, silk and velvet textures produced a wine that is best described as bottled sex. Long, pure, rich and intense, the wine doesn’t know how to quit. And you never want it to. I am sure Calligulus drenched his nights in this nectar. The finish sticks with you in an expanding show of ostentatious characteristics. Yes, I could have written a bunch of adjectives and descriptors here, but you can read those in previous notes I've posted. It is the overall impression you should focus on, as that is what matters most. This bottle was remarkable. Bought on release, stored in a cold, dark cellar and never moved showed provenance counts.

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Every bottle at some point in its aging curve is different, and this bottle, while very good, was not quite at the level of the best examples. Still, the floral dominated nose loaded you up with sweet, fresh cherries, garden herbs, tobacco, plums and cherry blossoms. Medium-bodied, lacking the weight and density of better bottles, the texture was all silkiness. Elegant, delicate and fresh, with lots of lift on the palate, considering that for all intents and purposes the wine is 30 years of age, this is fully ready to go.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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cheval Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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.

Le Petit Cheval Bordeaux Blanc, the white wine of Cheval Blanc

Starting with the 2015 vintage, Cheval Blanc started producing a dry, white Bordeaux wine called, "Le Petit Cheval Bordeaux Blanc". To avoid confusion with their second wine, Le Petit Cheval, on the label for the white wine the printing is in silver and the bottle will have a silver capsule. For the initial vintages the wine was produced using 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Starting with the 2018 vintage, the wine comes from a blend representing the vineyard plantings of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon planted on a 1.4 hectare parcel of vines. The grapes are planted in the vineyard located just across the road from Cheval Blanc in the vineyards 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 of white wine 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.

Le Petit Cheval 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.