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  • Country ranking ?

    406
  • Producer ranking ?

    16
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    lamb in mild spices cooked at low temperature

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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

1959 was an excellent year, with loads of class thanks to moderately warm weather throughout the growing season. A good bottle of 1959 Cheval Blanc is truly immense, showing fine balance, incomparable richness, and a rare, elegant complexity.


The year is dry and warm, though it will give a small yield of 20 ho/Ha. Grape picking takes place around September 25th. Everyone praises the vintage as exceptional. It has 13° of alcohol.

After an extremely warm summer, the harvest began on the 28th of September and ended on the 10th of October. The warm weather and yield of just 21 hectolitres per hectare were conducive to good ripening and concentration.  This low yield was due, in part, to the results of the devastating frost of February 1956 that killed 10 hectares of vines.  The absence of blending prior to bottling accounts for the irregularity in bottles from this vintage.  Alcoholic degree: 13°. 


In fact, at Cheval Blanc things are more mixed: some grapes are not sufficiently pressed during wine production and that will give average quality bottles. One can also find splendid ones with a thick nose. At that time barrels were bottled without blending, which explains the irregularity from one bottle to the other.

 

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Vintage 1959

Bordeaux 1959 was proclaimed the wine year of the century by overzealous journalists. Even though it was an excellent year, it simply was not the best of the century. The year started off with ideal weather conditions. Summer was perfect all the way until the autumn, when the rains came in mid-September. But the rains made way for hot, dry weather, thus setting a magnificent stage for the start of the harvest.  The result was a truly ripe and juicy crop. The reds are typically full-bodied, with soft acidity and a fat mouthfeel that comes from the high alcohol content. Even though the vintage is generally compared to 1961, it has much in common with the 1949. The Sauternes vintage was equally a success and the region produced some very long-lived wines. Once again the Château Lafite-Rothschild achieved complete success, sharing the title of best wine of the vintage with the Haut-Brion. Right on their heels is the Pétrus, which should be decanted for at least three hours before drinking, and the La-Mission-Haut-Brion.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full, Brick red and Dark

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Toasty, Plum, Coffee, Mushrooms, Blackcurrant and Blueberry

nose

Intense, Pure, Opulent and Ripe

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, High alcohol content, Medium tannin, Balanced, Well-Integrated, Well-structured, Developing, Full-bodied, Round, Rich, Ripe, Sweet and Silky tannins

Verdict

Excellent and Well-rounded

Written Notes

he 1959 Cheval Blanc was a bottle that had been acquired directly from the château and boy, did that provenance show on this spectacular Saint Émilion. It seemed to glisten in the glass and showed little ageing on the rim. The nose is explosive with beguiling pure black cherries, wild strawberry, sage, crushed violets and just a touch of glycerine. The delineation, the detail here is exemplary. The palate is an intoxicating mixture of succulent lush red fruit that disguise the backbone underneath. This is such a vivid and vivacious Saint Émilion one that to me feels more Merlot-driven than Cabernet Franc. It gather momentum in the glass and finishes with layers of red fruit tinged with clove and bay leaf. Without question this is the finest bottle of 1959 Cheval Blanc that I have tasted – a simply magnificent wine.

  • 98p
Danish bottling by Kjær & Sommerfeldt in Copenhagen from barrels sold by French negociant Cruse. Tasted in February 2014. Incredible sweetness on the nose and palate, pure, astonishingly rich and deep, sophisticated with fabulous complexity and balance. This wine was a heavenly treat!
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Cheval Blanc 1959 / Mint, red cherries, spices, white pepper, some prunes, and some rose petals on the alluring nose. There is a sweet sensuality to this wine, the classic sumptuous depth of Cheval, the sweet Merlot delineated by the Cab Franc, amidst the dark chocolate and soy on the opening notes, beautiful mineral complexity, floral notes, sweet massaging tannins, then a glorious medley of sweet red berries, figs, and some caramelized orange almost. It has dazzling balance, light acidity, harmonious with orange liqueur accents on the impressive, lingering finish. It lacks just a few notches of the depth of the ’49, but remains an exceptional wine. 96-97 Points
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Cheval Blanc 1959 Calvet Bottling. This was an absolutely spectacular bottle. Sweet nose of malt, tea, raisins. On the palate a mind-boggling sweetness, harmonious and unbelievably elegant."99 points
  • 99p
Mid shoulder fill. Deep ruby, orange rim. Nose feels unfocused, lacks a lot, feels tired and almost dry. On the other hand, the very last sip I had, seemed to have gained some fruit and had aquired some length.
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Information

Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

There is a possibility

Glass time

1h

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