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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    '24' in Bordeaux, 1/31/2010 93+ points

    (Cheval Blanc) We segued to the First Growths with a 1989 Cheval Blanc, a First Growth in its own right. The Cheval was very aromatic with its olive, black and red fruits, and oak trees covered in snow. I was under-impressed the first time I had this wine many years ago, but every time I have had it since, it keeps getting better (93+).
  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO, 5/29/2009 94 points

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  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) A fascinating nose to this wine, which is now approaching the end of its second decade. Initially it showed some gamey and slightly mushroomy aromas, but then it opened out to reveal more complexity, with aromas of mint, salty rock and iron. It is certainly enticing! The palate is fresh, a touch fleshy with a nice texture to it, and although maturing nicely it is still in possession of some tannin and extract. This is a wine of fine substance, meaty and yet also stylish. A fabulous bottle.

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Bipin Cheval Weekend, 12/7/2007 93 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The 1989 was the greenest of the bunch, as always, with lots of bell pepper, olive and this puttanesca tomato sauce edge, so much so I wanted to throw some pasta in it. The ’89 was actually in a tasty spot, but it seems very forward and on a fast track to maturity. Lush, round, fleshy and tasty, it had sweet green pepper flavors that won’t get any better. Pierre observed its overall merlot and leathery nose. Although I think it won’t get any better, this bottle of ’89 was in a good spot, and even though it was green, Jef professed that he liked it with ‘I like green.’ Shroomy qualities developed as well

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/28/2007, (See more on 89 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Medium garnet red color with pale meniscus; sexy tart plum and leather nose; solid, cassis, tart red fruit palate with tobacco and a touch of herbaceousness; medium finish


  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2005, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) A good depth, with a quite mature hue. Rather green style here, with green pepper and green peppercorn, surprising characteristics from this vintage. Lots of mature, macerated fruit alongside. Full, slightly fleshy, more green peppercorn spice, with lovely structure. Ripe and silky tannins, and a delightful, soft, creamy, mature mouthfeel. This is very good wine indeed, and I think will improve with further time in the cellar.

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