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 Vintage1985 Label 1 of 167 
ProducerChâteau Cheval Blanc (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2001 and 2016 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cheval Blanc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.6 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 96 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dcwino on 4/22/2015 flawed bottle: Cheval Blanc and D'Yquem dinner with Pierre Lurton and Bernard Burtschy (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Warm and round nose displaying sweet red fruits, mint and mineral. Unfortunately it smelled a bit musty. Very warm, round and mineral driven Cheval Blanc. (1269 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 3/7/2015: This is such a lovely wine, and tonight's bottle was no exception. (1178 views)
 Tasted by etyc on 3/7/2015: 1st Vivino Int'l chapter in Singapore (Sat. afternoon), Part-1 (Bok's place): This was probably the "joker" of the afternoon. We had thought the HB was it; That the Lalande was it... Only to have it turned out amongst the last wines, but what a debut. A very seductive nose of sandalwood, plums, earth, cigar, spice. On the palate, aristocratic with flavours of cassis, smoke, more plums with red-dark fruits all delivered in a silky like satin package. Very very classy! (1326 views)
 Tasted by coteamor on 1/19/2015 & rated 96 points: A lovely soft, seductive nose; creamy, touch of scent, red currants and a telltale sign of a touch of green pepper. Lovely fresh old claret, complete, a lovely freshness to it, understated, great balance between savoury and fruit. Very lovely. (1687 views)
 Tasted by Lord Rayas on 12/23/2014 & rated 95 points: popped and poured. beautifully mature and luscious. lovely. (1896 views)
 Tasted by Englishman's Claret on 11/10/2014 & rated 93 points: This had a very angular peak. At about 3 hours, it was singing. Both before and after, it sunk a bit back into its shell. And this was a single owner bottle with a fill into the neck, so nothing particularly suspect had happened to the bottle before I pulled the cork. At its least appealing, this really did show quite a lot of Cabernet Franc. But at its best, that sort of thyme quality was cut by a lot of rich plum, cigar, and tobacco. I remember thinking that the 1989 I had a while back was a touch off, but this made me think that maybe I'm just particularly sensitive to cab franc green... A very good wine, but not generally one that imparted the kind of awe I was hoping. (2067 views)
 Tasted by nortonnose on 11/9/2014 & rated 96 points: Perhaps it speaks to my relative inexperience vs. Englishman's Claret but, this was absolutely among my Top 10 bottles ever. I've tasted respectable (or better) CB vintages about a handful of times, but this one was singularly unique. Marc decanted this for about an hour, and the nose yielded very little early on. Another 30 minutes later, I stuck my big nose in the glass and was blown away! Dark, deep, rich, and exotic: almost sexual for me. Both the bouquet and palate were almost indescribable in words. An ever-changing symphony of silky, layered red fruit, deep sweet plum flavor profile, and a beautiful long finish. I can tell he was slightly underwhelmed, given he bought it and was hoping for the stars and the moon! I can objectively state how much I appreciated this amazing bottle. Thank you, Marc! (1438 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 11/9/2014 & rated 96 points: Nose: perfumed ripe red fruit, cigar, tobacco, smoldering cedar and suave underlying orange/nectarine rind. Palate: Layers and layers of black cherry, currant, strawberry and cigar box. So much going on and each sip shows slightly different. Finish: perfume just penetrating on the finish with long lasting leather/wood, cigar and cherry notes.

This opened, tightened and then revealed more over about 3-hours. one of the very best Bordeaux that I have ever had. Thanks to Englishman's Claret again! (1498 views)
 Tasted by KoalaHK on 8/8/2014: Drunk at the HK Club from Magnum - this was the unanimous wine of the night. Probably the most apt comment was you could imagine yourself sitting in the library with your grandfather drinking claret and this would be the wine. Earthy, cigar box, gentlemen's club (the St James's Street kind!) smells were prevalent. A harmonious blend of silky smooth tannins, acid and fruit. My sense is this is at its drinking plateau. I just hope its a long one! (2023 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 7/6/2014 flawed bottle: Corked. (2044 views)
 Tasted by dream on 6/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Such a lovely and alluring wine with flavors of black fruits, licorice, violets and dark spices. Silky and smooth and quite mature, it is a medium-bodied Cheval and while delicious to drink tonight, it doesn't strike me as a profound vintage for this incredible wine as it lacks depth and the structure for continued aging. A gorgeous example of the terroir though and I'd drink this up soon. Beau Rivage, Geneva, 6/14 (1982 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 6/8/2014 & rated 95 points: Typical nose of ripe peperonis, cedar wood, hint of chocolate, clou de girofle... taste of fresh red fruit, nice acidity, tomatoes, hint of greeness in the finish (Nose = 99/100... taste = 92/100) (1957 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/30/2014 & rated 98 points: This is a TOP wine at its ultimate peak! Beautiful and luxurious bouquet with some earth and smoke. On the palate beautiful cassis, sweet spices, exclusive oak, some pleasant soft bell pepper (positive!, beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness. A very harmonious and elegant wine at its perfect peak. Don’t miss this moment! The wine will not improve anymore. Blind score of 98! (1464 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 4/19/2014 & rated 94 points: 1985 Bordeaux dinner (Travelle Chicago): Interestingly, compared to my last bottle, tonight this seemed to need more time. Still wonderful. Epic wine. (2004 views)
 Tasted by cortoncharlie on 3/22/2014 & rated 94 points: An underrated CB. Great balance and drinking at peak. A somewhat Burgundian claret and I really liked it. (1878 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/8/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted blind. Very robust and big smell. alot of oak. during the 3 hours we drank it the aromas changed alot... by the end it tasted amazing. great bottle of wine. drink now or wait. (1932 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 2/1/2014 & rated 96 points: I enjoyed this even more than the last bottle. An absolutely superb nose of sweet red and black fruit, a bit of spice, secondary aromas of herbs, tobacco and coffee. Somehow this reminded me of the 90 Conseillante we had the week prior. Fabulous balance on the palate with sweet, silky mouth feel. A touch of smokiness. Long finish. This is just perfect today--I'm not sure it will improve much more. (1983 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 11/22/2013 & rated 96 points: 1985 Bdx lunch (Caprice, Hong Kong): Inviting nose of the best burgundian type (cherry, strawberry etc) but with clear Cheval terroir (ash, tobacco). Gorgeous balance, like all the best 85s these days. A medium body, but wonderful feminine texture on the finish with a rich (not too long but fantastic). Evolution in the glass was fascinating. Unfortunately this bottle faded faster than my last - perhaps not a representative as the capsule was very 'loose'. Great wine, albeit a disappointing bottle. (2798 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 11/21/2013 & rated 95 points: Fully mature. Exceeded expectations. Drink up. (2144 views)
 Tasted by zarped on 10/26/2013 & rated 95 points: splendide bouteille melant aromes tertiaire de sous bois, truffe liqueur de cassis avec une grande jeunesse malgré l'age. une grande fraicheur, des tannins tres soyeux et une longueur compotée incroyable du grand art (1562 views)
 Tasted by dr g on 8/6/2013 & rated 93 points: This bottle had a great nose. Well balanced, geting a brownish colour but still having tanins.
It was the least pleasant of the bottles i drank so far due to a certain roughness.
Will last for a couple more years (3060 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 6/22/2013 & rated 95 points: Dark garnet. Distinctive Cabernet Franc nose, secondary aroma Bordeaux bouquet style. Forest floor, wood, smoke, hints of dark fruits, very elegant. On the palate soft and velvety with still enough fruit to support the earthy style, soft tannins, medium body. Drink up now, peak probably already 5 years past. (3484 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 6/21/2013: Delicious. (2757 views)
 Tasted by cooberp on 6/3/2013 & rated 94 points: 2013 Wine Media Guild dinner (SD26, NYC): Fat, plush, warm, intoxicating nose offering blackcurrant, flower petals, earth, and cedar. Outstanding powdery mouthfeel coats every corner of the palate. Lingers after swallowing. No hard edges, nothing I'd like to see more or less of. Consensus WOTN in a stacked lineup. Made sure I was last to leave so I could help myself to the dregs of the bottle. Apparently I really, really love Cheval Blanc. (3164 views)
 Tasted by JulianSkeels on 5/2/2013 & rated 98 points: Inviting nose of the best burgundian type (cherry, strawberry etc) but with clear Cheval terroir (ash, tobacco). Gorgeous balance, like all the best 85s these days. A medium body, but wonderful feminine texture on the finish with a rich (not too long but fantastic) aftertaste of reserved power, with sweet finish. Would score this even higher if the taste matched the perfect nose. Only halfway through the bottle though, will see if it improves further during dinner. Note: decanted and poured straight away

Wine became thicker in subsequent hours with a very long mid-palate and gorgeous caramel mocha nose. A truely great wine, but drink in the next 5yrs. Upgrading a point to 98pts. Buy more. (3273 views)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s (9/1/2014)
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By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, October 2011
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (9/11/2010)
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2008, Issue #20
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/13/2007)
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JancisRobinson.com (1/3/2003)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/28/2002)
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Bipin Cheval Weekend (12/7/2007)
(Cheval Blanc) The 1985 was a bit milky in the nose, with lots of bell pepper up front. There was earth and beef behind it and very subtle red fruits. It opened up more to reveal brooding and deep t n’a. The palate was really big, chunky and muscular, with black olive and black fruit flavors. It was a big wine by Cheval standards, and although James found it a bit off, I found that in time, it found itself in the glass. It was massive compared to the 1988  95 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/28/2005)
(Château Cheval Blanc) Light spicy nose; medium-bodied, spice, plum palate with good acidity; long finish  93 points
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Château Cheval Blanc

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Cheval Blanc

Their second wine is Le Petit Cheval.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines

Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

St. Émilion Grand Cru

Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion

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