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  • Country ranking ?

    767
  • Producer ranking ?

    30
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Steak & especially in a red wine sauce

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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

1955 IS A RICH, VOLUPTUOUS
AND VERY REFINED WINE
So much praise for this wine having profited from a dry and early spring, then from a dry and warm summer until the end of grape picking, providing a yield of 42 ho/h.The wine evolves with time and remains elegant. Sought after by collectors, it still
surprises today by its delicacy and concentration.

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Vintage 1955

In Bordeaux the 1955 began with unstable weather conditions just before summer, but turned into an extremely favourable season by the end of the year. A beautiful, sunny and warm—if not hot—period prevailed throughout August and September, until the just the right amount of much-needed rain came along. The crop turned out to be of the highest quality. However, because the vintage was overshadowed by the 1953, it offering wines with a good price-quality ratio that can still be enjoyed today. Ripe grapes and autumn rain guaranteed an excellent year for Sauternes wines. The wines of this vintage vary widely in quality, and many are dominated by tannins. Only the finest wines, such as the Lafleur, Cheval Blanc and Mouton-Rothschild, offer balance and richness. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

20 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Ruby red and Dark

ending

Long, Round, Extensive and Alcoholic

flavors

Blackcurrant, Leather, Mint, Coffee, Plum and Earthy

nose

Intense and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low tannin, Balanced, Well-structured, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Ripe, Refined, Rich, Medium-Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Possible fake and Outstanding

Written Notes

Very deep, clear-red colour. Intense and complex nose with some development. Fresh mint, dark chocolate, cassis and roasted coffee beans. Full-bodied taste with vividly pronounced acidity, meaty rich and ripe tannins and intense fruit of blackcurrants. Tremendously long finish with a robust and muscular edge. A very youthful and energetic wine that will last well over ten years. The ripeness of the wine, together with the minty and herbaceous aromas, is very much in common with the style of Heitz Martha’s Vineyard’s wines. It amazes with its youthful character.
  • 94p

The 1955 Cheval Blanc is utterly divine – even better than the bottle tasted in 2014. Quite clear and deep in color, it is blessed with a heavenly bouquet: ripe and vivacious red fruit, iodine, tobacco, sous-bois and mint, all wonderfully focused and as energetic as the day it was born. The beautifully balanced palate delivers supple tannins and impressive depth, quite Left Bank in style, with expressive Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is structured yet precise and effortless on the finish. If I may use the word with which I summed up this wine before: regal. Served at dinner by Mr. Kelley in Beaune.

  • 98p

A gorgeous wine, through and through. Not a great Right Bank year, but a stirring example of Cheval’s prowess in so called “off vintages.” Cherries and soil notes on the nose, with deep floral Cheval enticement. Lovely ripe fruit charms on the palate opening, dark cherries become more evident, with a gorgeously soft texture that transfixes you at and past the mid palate. You get a touch of mint, vital blueberries, and sheer pampering of the tongue on the pure, persistent, velvety and sensuous finish. 96 Points+

  • 96p
Not much left of the label, but Berry Bros bottling seems to be confirmed by the cork and capsule. Top shoulder fill, bright ruby, brick rim. Exotic and floral notes over pure blueberries and figs. Fresh acidity, coffe and fuller palate, ripe tannins, elegant, long and cassis hint. Broadbent: 'Still being shipped in hogsheads to English wine merchants, some excellent Berry Bros' bottlings drinking beautifully at 30 years of age: rich, soft, earthy, completely rounded.' It continues to deliver at nearly 60.
  • 94p
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Information

Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

Serious

Glass time

1h

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