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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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Grand deep ruby red colour with a garnet rim. The nose is stylish and layered, opening up in the glass and revealing new nuances time after time. The range of aromas spans from red berry, salted licorice, wood, leather all the way to earthy notes. Still youthful palate is firm and harmonious. This wine is peaking now, but will have no problems in hanging onto the top form for another 10 to 15 years. Surprisingly good.
  • 94p

Magnum served blind initially alongside Monte Bello 1971. Wonderfully sweet, round and florally aromatic with a beautifully smooth texture. A brilliant wine, even if not a blockbuster, and one that I was given blind by owner Jacques Hébrard when I visited the château while researching The Great Wine Book in 1981. I'm delighted to be able to add a tasting note on it to our database – even if it is arguably more enthusiastic than explicatory. Still going strong.

  • 100p

Cheval Blanc– very complex, long and well-defined wine. Sophisticated, refined, fabulous complexity, structure and length. Long aftertaste. Lucky enough to taste this perfectly stored bottle. Still lots of life in this wine. 96p.

  • 96p

From a German private cellar. Level: bottom neck, cork healthy.

This bottle despite its very dirty label must have been stored perfectly in a cellar with high humidity. Colour: Absolutely clear but of course brownish. Bouquet: Amazing! Seductive sweetness from the first moment on. Not a hint of oxidation, no mushroom or old barrel smell. Simply outstanding purity, very warm and welcoming. In this condition surely one of the best 1971 Bordeaux wines. It does not have the power of 1971 Trotanoy or 1971 Latour but it offered pure drinking pleasure until the last sip. Everything in perfect balance in this bottle, fruit, body, the tannins soft. It is at its peak of life and if you are lucky and find bottles like this one you will not have to worry for another five to ten years. Seriously underrated by Parker and that is why the market price is pretty decent. A big surprise in terms of quality.    


  • 96p
1971 Château Cheval Blanc (en magnum) 1971 is not generally considered a great Bordeaux year, but some Right Bank wines (notably Trotanoy) shone. This supposedly indifferent vintage (to certain American critics, anyway) of Cheval Blanc experienced the lowest yields of any of the wines at this tasting, just 18hl/ha, and there is more Cabernet Franc than Merlot in the blend. As one might expect of a 34 year old wine, this is brown, but without the depth of color of the 1982, for instance. For an “off” vintage, this Cheval Blanc has good complexity, with tobacco and mint aromas, and good concentration – better than the 1995, though of course nowhere near the heights of the 1982 or 1989. The finish is pleasingly long and crisp. Although made in a very different manner to the more recent vintages of Cheval Blanc (and bottled in Libourne rather than at the château, to boot), the family resemblance is clear – the elegance, freshness and concentration of Cheval Blanc are all more or less intact. For Pierre Lurton, 1971 is “a super wine, very fat and spicy”. This is a fine example of how supposedly inferior years can produce good, drinkable and relatively affordable wine. 92
  • 92p
Bottom neck fill. Pale ruby, brick rim. Tobacco, exotic, floral and perfumed. Nuanced. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, elegant if lean body, nose gives more than palate, good length.
  • 91p
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