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    2
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    Roast chicken & turkey and guineafowl

The Story

Whether by design or by pure chance, there are in the world exceptional places. Cheval Blanc is one of these. Combining a unique soil with a symbiotic mix of grape varieties, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Cheval Blanc produces a wine, which has the rare quality of being good at any age. It is without doubt one of the most consistent wines in the world. Cheval Blanc's unique identity is due to its varied soils, early-ripening microclimate, the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard, and the close proximity of the finest wines of Pomerol.

Château Cheval Blanc has the rare ability to be good at whatever age. It is enjoyable young or as much as a century old in certain vintages. However, a great wine only reveals its full potential and all its subtle nuances after several years in bottle. It takes time to show its true colours and before reaching its peak. Every vintage of Cheval Blanc is made according to the traditional philosophy that great wine needs to age.
It should nevertheless be said that wines with ageing potential go through several periods, and that each one has its own type of attractiveness. This is all part of Château Cheval Blanc's fascinating complexity. Three different bottles of Cheval Blanc from the same vintage drunk at five, twenty, and forty years of age will each show a different facet of the same wine, variations on the same lovely theme. A bottle of fine wine meant to age is like a library of flavours that develop throughout its existence.
Wine is a "cultural" beverage that is very much alive and develops countless nuances over time. That is why this long waiting period needs to be respected. It is crucial to the wine's evolution, so that it can deliver its very best.

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Vintage 1921

1921 was an excellent vintage for the best wines of Saint-Emilion, and especially for Château Cheval Blanc. The great heat during the harvest concentrated sugars in the grapes, allowing to vinify a wine of remarkable complexity.1921 is remembered for the scorching heat that enveloped the Bordeaux region during the month of September. The harvest took place from September 19 to October 5 at very high temperatures.

Soil: three main types of soil – gravel with clay subsoil, deep gravel, sand with clay subsoil
Production area: 37 ha
Grape varieties: Cabernet Franc 58%, Merlot 42%
Average age of vines: 40 years, the oldest are 80 years (1920)
Harvest method: by hand, with sorting on reception in the cellar
Winemaking: 4 pumpings of 15 mins per day during the alcoholic fermentation. Vat sizes corresponding to plots in vineyard, ranging from 50 to 120 hectolitres. Separate vinifications according to soil, age of vines and grape variety.
Ageing: in 100% new oak barrels for 14 to 18 months, depending on the power of the vintage

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

11 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full and Brick red

ending

Long, Smooth and Extensive

flavors

Coffee, Leather, Earthy, Mineral, Floral and Chocolate

nose

Intense, Pure, Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Well-structured, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Mature, Full-bodied, Rich, Ripe, Firm and Sweet

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

This is the vintage where Cheval Blanc made its reputation. Château-bottled, excellent condition with base neck level. Decanted only for 30 minutes (we simply could not wait any longer). A very dark but bright colour with some amber on the rim. Huge, immensely rich nose - opened immediately with lots of exotic fruit aromas, together with chocolate and coffee notes. An unbelievably rich and complex wine. Very thick, warm and multi-layered with sweet fruit and soft, melted tannins that follow all the way through. It was even better than the first tasting we had from a château-bottling magnum nine years previously. Heavier, richer and a more luscious wine than back then, and even at that time we thought it was masterpiece. The most recent encounter - another château-bottled magnum - was superior to the previous ones. It was more youthful, richer and had millions of layers, unbelievably. What a privileged job I have!
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Information

Origin

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

45min

Inside Information

I have been fortunate to have had the 1921 from impeccable sources on several occasions and it remains one of the great wines of my life. Its overriding quality is one of sweetness, almost liqueur-like. Plums and sugar - I would love to know the residual sugar in this wine but we could never spare any for analysis! It is a vinous miracle - or is it a mystery?

Serena Sutcliffe, MW

 

This vintage is a perfect marriage of sweet richness and acid tension that allowed the wine to age remarkably.
On the nose, aromas of red fruits, leather and honey are easily noticeable. The sensation of sweetness is intense.

In the mouth, the flavors of fruit brandy, leather, wax and caramel dominate, enhanced with notes of very ripe plums and dried flowers. Round and full, driven by still very vivid acid tension that sustains the richness of aromas, the mouth ends with a finale of an exceptional length. - See more at: http://www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com/en/vintages/chateau-cheval-blanc-1921#sthash.6b0SI8ng.dpuf

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1921  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"!952 Cheval is still suberb wine. It must be the best price-quality ratio Cheval Blanc that can be found. The vintage was very good overall in Bordeaux, but especially on the Right Bank. A warm spring and hot summer from June until the end of August ensured good vegetative growth to the vines. Only the cold September ruined the dreams of outstanding quality. This wine has been always delicious when tasted. The deep, clear brick-red colour already indicates the richness of the wine. The powerful yet elegant nose reveals ripe dark fruits: mainly blackcurrants, with dark chocolate, coffee and spices. Almost full-bodied taste, it is very opulent and fleshy with a velvety texture. The tannins are gentle but firm and the finish is very balanced. The wine is drinking perfectly now but has the qualities to keep for another decade. But why wait, since it definitely will not improve any further."

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