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.
1962 IS A VERY GOOD VINTAGE. IT REMAINED TOO LONG IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUMPTUOUS 1961.
It is an interesting unknown vintage. After a cold spring but with no frost and a late blooming, around June 20th,summer is warm and dry and compensates for the delay of the vine. The grape harvest takes place between September 26th and October 16th, the yield
is of 32 ho/ha for 11,7° of alcohol.
Initially this interesting vintage lacks concentration, but it evolves very nicely; the wine is rich in prune aroma with a delicious bouquet. It preserves its color, its fruit and its freshness thanks to a good acidity.
Its elegant texture as well as its taste rich in blackberry jelly is singled out at the end of the Nineties by distinguished critics.