1989 Cheval Blanc

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



Since its bottling, the 1989 has frequently been disappointing. In this tasting, it showed better than it has over the last several years. The 1989 is not a great effort for this chateau. The color is already revealing an amber edge, and the lead pencil, cedar, spicy, black fruit, and vanillin-scented nose is more reminiscent of a young Lafite, than the exotic style associated with Cheval Blanc in a hot, dry, ripe year. This medium weight, lightly tannic wine is very approachable. I have rated the 1989 Cheval Blanc consistently between 87 and 89, which is indicative of an excellent wine, but given the vintage terroir, this is not one of the star's of the 1989 vintage. It should continue to drink well for 10-15+ years, as there is moderate tannin in the wine's elegant framework, but readers should not expect any miracles. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 109



Ripe, almost cooked fruit, with nuts, raisin and spices. Full-bodied, with a dense palate of ripe fruit and a leathery, spicy, dried berry character. So long and powerful. Chewy. This is big and very juicy, with loads of powerful fruit. A little alcoholic, even rustic, but I like it.¿'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now.-James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2010

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Cheval Blanc 1989
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Situated on the borders of St Emilion and Pomerol, almost with a foot in each, lies St Emilion’s most important estate, Cheval Blanc. It is classed as a Premier Grand Cru Classé “A” along with Châteaux Ausone , Angélus and Pavie . Not only is Cheval Blanc the most important St Emilion estate, it is the most famous Cabernet Franc based wine in the world: the vineyards of Cheval Blanc are planted to 57% Cheval Blanc, 39% Merlot, 3% Malbec and just 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Run by Pierre Lurton, who also runs the similarly brilliant Château d’Yquem , has produced some of the most iconic wines of Bordeaux. 1947 Cheval Blanc is a legend of the past, 2010 Cheval Blanc a legend for the future. Other top vintages for Cheval Blanc are 2009, 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1998, and the château arguably made the wine of the vintage in 2014.

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