Red

1990 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 142

  • convex Likes this wine: (96 points)

    January 2, 2017 - Another good bottle. Drunk under somewhat unusual circumstance -- seafood + hot ambient temperature (we were having dinner outdoor on a tropical island). The wine's lightness and good acidity made this work nonetheless. The fruit is somewhat suppressed while secondaries such as blood and pepper became more prominent. I thoroughly enjoyed it still but crowd is less impressed.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • King Julien wrote: (97 points)

    December 28, 2016 - Decanted 2.5 hours. Consistently great.

  • ex-sommelier Likes this wine:

    December 21, 2016 - Very much different from last years bottle, aroma was far more reticent and took an hour and a half to really open up. Palate however was full and sweet, with a beautiful, broad based texture and sweet up front cherry notes. Overall very nice, and certainly at its peak. Definitely give it an hour or two in the decanter for its complete sensuality to emerge.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • King Julien wrote: (97 points)

    December 4, 2016 - Decanted 2.5 hours, consistent with previous tasting note.

  • Jimaronson Likes this wine: (97 points)

    November 11, 2016 - Wine was decanted for two hours. Sweet cherry fruit and medium plus bodied. Some bricking on edge, but note had violets and cherry fruit. Tasting showed a balanced wine with sweet cherry, chocolate and cedar. acid and tannin left. I am not sure the wine will get better - seemed as though it was in it stride and is what it will be for 10 years max. I would drink one to two per year if you have a case.

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    4/16/2016 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/17/2014 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    October 2011 (link)

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    The Cardinal, 9/15/2011

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/15/2010 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/11/2010 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009

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The World of Fine Wine

  • June 2008, Issue #20 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    12/10/2007 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Bipin Cheval Weekend, 12/7/2007

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Julia Harding, MW
    1/25/2007 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    A Decade of 1960s Burgundies at Bouley and the Greatest Wine I Have Ever Had, 5/2/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive, 3/21/2005

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  • By John Kapon
    Hanging with Mr. Parker and Mr. Squires in Baltimore and D.C, 2/21/2005

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/3/2003 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/28/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    The 1990 Clarets...To Have and To Hold (Nov 1993), 11/1/1993 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/3/2010 (link) 96 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Very dark red violet color; ripe cassis, berry, port-like, ripe plum, eucalyptus nose; rich, ripe plum, currant, spice, eucalyptus, caramel, oak and fig palate; long finish 96+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/5/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Crimson red color; eucalyptus and mint nose; cassis, tart plum, ripe Cab Franc, with black fruit, tobacco, green pepper and mineral; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/28/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Medium garnet red color; big tobacco and black fruit nose; tobacco, sweet plum, mature palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/21/2007 (link) 94 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Nice crimson color with pale meniscus; nice, tasty, rich, cassis, dill, fig and plum palate; medium-plus finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    8/31/2005 (link)

    (Cheval Blanc) This was showing very young on this particular night but has loads of potential. Actually was a bit hot to start off with. Incredibly rich and decadent with great concentration but a touch awkward at this stage. Really started to strut it's stuff towards the end of the evening and the resemblance to the '82 became more clear. The nut thing started to develop on the nose and there was some exotic spice. This was great but if anybody has any I would give it 5-10 more years.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2005 (link) 96 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Prune, black fruit nose; mature, tasty, red fruit, coffee, mushroom palate; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1990
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 79 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,119 (78%)
  • Consumed 816 (20%)

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