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    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    carpaccio of scallops & rock salt and Kimbawa oil

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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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Wine Information

1952 was a very fine vintage thanks to hot, sunny weather conducive to an early harvest.  The wine is therefore well-balanced and extremely elegant.

In order to grow well, vines need water stress to set in slowly so that the grapes will ripen well and become concentrated.  A few very rainy days in June prevented this from happening.  However, water stress did take place starting in August (a month with little rain) and increased as time went on, accompanied by relatively warm temperatures.

Thanks to this fine summer weather, the harvest was early, and the grapes were picked under clear blue skies. The average yield was 31 hectolitres per hectare. Fermentation went smoothly, which prompte Madame Fourcaud-Laussac said that 1952 was "a child easy to raise".  The degree of alcohol is 12.5°. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

25 tasting notes

Tasting note


Deep, Ruby red and Healthy


Endless, Flavorful and Extensive


Coffee, Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Mint, Cedar and Cigar-box


Intense, Generous, Refined and Fresh




Average in Acidity, Warming, Medium tannin, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Rich, Elegant, Firm, Sweet and Silky tannins


Impressive and Intelligent

Written Notes

Our first Right Banker was a solid 1952 Cheval Blanc. It had a great nose, full of rich spice and decidedly different. It felt heavy in a loading up for winter way, dark red in hue. Its palate was softer and easier, round with some vim. There was still some oily, meaty and gamey goodness in this tasty wine (94).
  • 94p
This 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.
  • 97p

A marvelous surprise exclaimed Pierre Lurton, his own first experience of this wine. You had gorgeous cinnamon, red fruit and hoisin on the nose. It opens with almost transcendent sweet balance, and builds to a crescendo of sheer palate pleasure. This is an enticingly complete wine, with cassis, berries and Asian spices galore. The velvety sex appeal grows, figs and plums emerge next, deep and layered, divesting itself of any undue restraint, truffles, berries, smoke, pulling you ever deeper into its rich, transparent, molasses infused embrace. 97 Points+

  • 97p
Tasted in October 2014. Truffles and dark chocolate, cherries, sappy, well-defined, rich and with great length. Could have had more depth. At age of 62 years, this wine seems to have more to show in few years time!
  • 93p
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