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  • Country ranking ?

    1 232
  • Producer ranking ?

    50
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roast chicken & turkey and guineafowl

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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

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.

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Vintage 1962

Bordeaux Vintage Report by Tb / Although 1962 was also a fabulous year, it fell irretrievably into the shadow of 1961. The cold winter, with its biting frosts, ensured that the vines would get a much-needed rest after their hard work in 1961. The growing season started three weeks late. When the vines finally germinated in mid-June, the weather improved. Toward autumn, the weather warmed up measurably, with the resulting dryness eventually having a negative impact on the vines. The few abundant harvests of September came just in time to rescue the grapes from withering on the vine. The harvest, which brought in the largest crop of the 1950s and 1960s, did not begin until 1 October. Few believed that the vintage would be as good as it became. An excellent vintage for dry whites, reds and Sauternes. Where Sauternes are concerned, the 1962 was a considerably better year than the 1961. The best reds were the Cheval Blanc, Pétrus and Mouton-Rothschild. A common characteristic of the finest 1962 wines today is their serene, balanced aspect. Only a few show any real body and complexity, but they work well especially as dinner wines, also due to their excellent availability and affordable price. Even the finest wines should not be decanted for more than an hour.

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Tasting note

color

Deep and Ruby red

ending

Medium, Extensive and Flavorful

flavors

Tar and Leather

nose

Intense and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Developing, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Medium-Dry and Hard tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Full-bodied

Written Notes

The 1962 Cheval Blanc has always left me wanting more. As I have commented previously, it might be excused by coming from younger vines, but then so did the superior 1959. The bouquet is animally and feral, missing some cohesion and fruit intensity. The palate is medium-bodied and linear, unapologetically conservative for a Cheval Blanc, with an attenuated finish that suggests only large formats with perfect provenance are worth keeping longer. Tasted at a private lunch in Hong Kong.

  • 86p

Mulberries, menthol and soil notes on the bouquet. Bright acids and melting tannins, this is a lovely showing given the vintage, which for the Right Bank and the estate was not a high water mark. The wine lacks some of the Cheval intensity, more delicate than emphatic, but then the berries and smoke emerge fairly compellingly. It lacks some of the acidic base needed for greater further development, though. You get some kirsch, a hint of orange peel, on the elegant finish. Overall, this lacks some of the Cheval stuffing and brio though it remains a charming wine nonetheless. 90 Points

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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

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