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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


Another hot year with temperatures 1.4°C above average. After a mild, dry spring,scorching heat reigned through July and August, reaching the highest temperatures recorded for 45 years.
Summer rainfall was somewhat low at Cheval Blanc. September started in the cold and rain, but dried up going into the last ten days of the month, and conditions were clement throughout October.
These remarkable weather conditions again caused the vine cycle to be ahead of the normal schedule.
Budburst was around 27th March, the mid-point of flowering on 1st June and mid-veraison
on 4th August for the Merlot and the 12th for the Cabernet Franc. The harvests took
place from 15th to 28th September in good weather.

In the previous 50 years at Cheval Blanc, only the 1989 and 1990 vintages had been
picked earlier. The grapes were in perfect condition and arrived in the winery with
the ideal concentration of those great hot, dry years, being rich in sugars and phenolic
compounds, and low in acidity. The natural alcohol content of the Merlot was well
over 13°, and that of the Cabernet Franc barely half a degree less. The volume of
the harvest was slightly above average. The blend for that year’s Château Cheval
Blanc, is made of 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot.

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Vintage 1995

Bordeaux / An excellent year for both sides of the Gironde and just the vintage that Bordeaux needed after the rain affected vintages of the previous 4 years. A mild winter and early spring was followed by a dry, hot summer. It did rain in early September but the rain was less than in the previous 4 vintages and, crucially, there was perfect weather from September 20th through to October.

Quality is high across all levels and appellations, with the Merlot-dominated wines of St-Emilion andPomerol being particularly successful. The best wines are very ripe and display good concentration and structure.

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Tasting note


Deep and Ruby red


Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Vegetal, Bread, Toasty and Leather




Warming, High tannin, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Aggressive and Firm

Written Notes

Ruby, brick rim. Intense nose, coffee, cigars, touch bell peppers, more intense than I remember a bottle from September. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruit driven, exotic, very long finish, needed air to open. 96

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This was a dry, warm year producing rich wine with fine black fruit flavours.

The colour is a very deep ruby-red with some signs of ageing on the rim.

The powerful bouquet is dominated by very ripe black fruit aromas such as plum, blackcurrant, and blackberry. Roasted notes (coffee, praline, mocha, and caramel), are also perceptible, as well as ones like leather and truffle that come with age. In addition, elegant hints of violet and even dried banana and coconut come to the fore, along with attractive, well-integrated oak. The intense, complex bouquet leaves an impression of great freshness.

The wine starts out this way, as well as, elegant, rich, and concentrated on the palate. It is quite full-bodied with very ripe fruit (but no trace of overripeness) that prevails over tertiary aromas from barrel ageing. The balance is remarkable, the tannin opulent, and the finish tight and extremely long.

1995 is a gracious and very rich vintage that can be enjoyed now or for many years to come.

The 1995 Cheval Blanc was Pierre’s “first wine” at this tasting. Temperatures during July and August of that year were among the highest recorded since the historic 1945 vintage and harvesting from 15 to 28 September was one of the earliest vendanges to have taken place since the War. The blend is more typical of the château – 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot. The colour is a mature brick red, but lacking the depth of the younger wines, and the nose is very different, too. The spiciness is there, but there is less of the berry fruit character that is seemingly derived from the Merlot. Toffee and caramel notes suggest that this is a mature wine that is unlikely to improve much with further ageing; the low acidity doesn’t inspire confidence, either. Some tasters felt that this was a disappointing bottle, with Lurton himself remarking that the wine was “unbalanced”. There is pleasure to be had with the elegant and silky structure but the 1995 lacks the depth and concentration of great years like 1998 and 2000, and suffers by comparison here. Considering how some other Saint–Émilion estates excelled in 1995 (notably the imposing Angélus made that year), this is a disappointing Cheval Blanc – a black sheep rather than a white horse. 89
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St. Emilion, Bordeaux


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