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    Beef Wellington

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 1950

It is an exceptional vintage for Cheval Blanc: very classical, balanced, elegant and refined. This wine is a very complete one and contains lot of body.

ELDERS 1947 - 1948 - 1949.
An average yield of 31 hl/ha for 12°. Its quoted value has gone up since it remained faithful to its profound, elegant andrefined personality. It has a deep iodated and creamy texture. In 1950, Cheval Blanc builds a new storehouse and modernizes all of its equipment.
Grape picking takes place from September 18th till October 6th.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

25 tasting notes

Tasting note


Full, Brick red and Clear


Long, Pure and Lingering


Mint, Cedar and Coffee


Youthful, Fresh and Ripe




Well-structured, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Full-bodied, Elegant, Rich, Ripe and Sweet

Written Notes

1950 is an underrated vintage in Bordeaux and in many cases rightly so. This was, however, an excellent vintage in Pomerol, St. Emilion and parts of Graves. The 1950 Cheval Blanc is very rich, concentrated and youthful. There are a number of different négociant-bottlings of this wine – most are very good. Needs only a short amount decanting time and should be drunk over an hour or so. This Nicholas-bottled Cheval was in mint condition. Level by the neck. Decanted for 30 minutes before tasting. What a colour – more bright and youthful than the 1982 Cheval. Very expansive and open nose with an exotic bouquet of ripe fruit, caramel, mint and cedar. The Cheval Blanc 1950 is still a gorgeously sweet, opulent and full wine with elegant and soft tannins. At this time it presented more texture, structure and concentration than the famous 1947. Extra long and multi-dimensional finish. Very hard to resist now, but should easily last through 2010, at least.
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1950 is an underrated vintage and in many cases rightly so. This was however an excellent vintage in Pomerol, St. Emilion and parts of Graves. The 1950 Cheval Blanc is very rich, concentrated and youthful. There are a number of different bottlings of this wine – most are very good. Needs only short decanting time and should be drunk over an hour or so.
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Dark, brick red colour. Reserved, refined, capsicum. Medium-bodied, acidic, slightly green tannins. Tight and concentrated mouthfeel. Bit austere. This wine shouts for a juicy steak!
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Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

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 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1950  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"1950 is an underrated vintage and in many cases rightly so. This was however an excellent vintage in Pomerol, St. Emilion and parts of Graves.
The 1950 Cheval Blanc is very rich, concentrated and youthful. There are a number of different bottlings of this wine – most are very good. Needs only short decanting time and should be drunk over an hour or so.

1y 8m ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1950  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Deep ruby, thin brown rim, lots of sediments. Some floral notes, coffee, leather and figs. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, plums and figs, drying. On the verge. Interesting rather than great. "

4y 7m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1950  ( 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."

4y 8m ago

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