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  • Country ranking ?

    732
  • Producer ranking ?

    28
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Simply roast duck

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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

1985 IS A VERY COMPLETE VINTAGE AND WITH A REMARKABLE SWEETNESS.
After a cool, damp spring and a hot and rainy July, August was rather cool and dry.
In 1985, harvesting only got off to a start on 1st October to leave the grapes time to make the most of the exceptional month of September. It was hot and dry, with almost 50% more sunshine than in other years.The good weather continued throughout the harvests which ended on 17th October. These remarkable conditions produced very healthy grapes which were perfectly ripe when they were picked, giving perfectly balanced grape must.

The colour is deep and has aged well, revealing very good intensity. The aromatic expression bears all the marks of the Merlot variety, with a dominant note of ripe but not over-ripe blackcurrant mingling with hints of leather and fur, cedar and underwood.

The bouquet is fleshy and concentrated, and the attack on the palate is rich, meaty and smooth with indescribable sugary flavours. Although it does leave an impression of great freshness, this 85 vintage really is giving its best now and the finish is very long lasting. This is a powerful wine for ageing, and is pleasant to drink once it has been carefully decanted.
 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

18 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Purple

flavors

Blackcurrant, Vegetal and Leather

nose

Youthful

taste

Warming, Medium tannin, Balanced, Medium-bodied and Sweet

Written Notes

Ruby. Blueberries, anise, some spices, liquorice, some figs, detailed nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, anise, fruity, elegant and nuanced, detailed, some spices, lovely balance, long. 94

  • 94p

Cherries, plums and flowers on the utterly engaging nose. This is an ode to vintage and terroir. Dark berries and spice cake dance together on the palate opening, there is sheer sensual poise and polish to and through the mid palate. There are hints of game, soil notes, and then the Cheval sweetness throws off its fetters and offers itself seamlessly. The focus and balance are just impeccable here. Lovely gentle acidity, with truffles and a hint of mint on the superb, palate massaging, persistent finish.96 Points+

  • 96p
Cheval Blanc PGCC “A” St.Emilion – showing some age, truffles, refined and elegant with finesse. Stylish wine which tastes extremely well. Excellent. 95p.
  • 95p
Deep red color with light tawny rim. Wide nose with aromas of dark berries, cigar box, earth, and cherry. On palate charming with silky tannins and aromas of coffee, peppermint and dark wild berries, perfect balance. Lovely and sexy charmer.
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Information

Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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