1990 Cheval Blanc

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Average critic rating : 95.5 points



One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. Release price: ($3000.00/case) Wine Advocate.June, 2009



Dark ruby red. Superripe aromas of raisins, dried plums and intense truffle. Full-bodied, chewy and layered, with lovely ripe fruit. Such beauty. Serious Cheval.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 12,000 cases made.-James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2001

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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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