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  • Decanting time

    45min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Pesto & Mustard Crumbs

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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Tasting note

color

Mature, Amber and Bright

ending

Medium, Smooth and Flavorful

flavors

Blackberry, Smoky, Cigar-box, Cassis and Chocolate

nose

Mature, Seductive and Charming

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Good texture, Mature, Elegant, Silky and Silky tannins

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

The 1939 Cheval Blanc is far better than I expected, not least because the bottle had lain in a single cellar virtually its entire life. It is surprisingly deep in color. The nose has retained a sense of vigor, offering black fruit, mint, touches of chimney soot and cracked black pepper – rustic but pleasant. The palate is medium-bodied and a little fleshier than anticipated, displaying an agreeable bitter edge with cedar and sage toward what feels like a more Cabernet-driven, tertiary finish. While it is short and nowhere near as complex as the postwar legends, it is perfectly drinkable and enjoyable.

  • 90p

Matured nose. Graphite, lovage, cacao powder, tobacco, Malaga raisin, chocolate, just a hint of fruit. Medium bodied, still a little bit of tannin, elegant acidity, hints of lovely red fruits, red cherries, malt, some sour cherry in the finish, good length. A very special wine. The bottles were found in the cellars of Mähler Besse and all bottle are reconditioned. Drink now. A special experience!

  • 93p
Good looking normal size bottle, in an excellent condition and has bottom neck level. Colour is amber, and looking bright and mature. On the nose it is mature, seductive and charming. The taste is elegant, silky, with silky tannins, and average in acidity, with good texture structure and mature. On the palate it is layered and has blackberry, chocolate, smoky, cigar-box and cassis flavours. The finish is medium long, smooth and flavorful. This wine is excellent. I paid around 1k-3k€ a bottle. Decant at least 45min before tasting and not a good invest wine. Good value for money. I do recommend.
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  • 93p
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Below Average

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