Cheval Blanc Vertical ‘Chez Elke’

Hotel Hohenzollern, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
Tasted Saturday, June 1, 2019 by G_H with 153 views

Flight 1 (4 Notes)

  • 1928 Château Cheval Blanc 100 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Out of a pristine Vandermeulen Bottling. Vasa museum, tomato puree, dried porcini, fantastic balance between acidity and richness. Such a creamy texture on the palate with tons of umami.

    This is just a dream wine!

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  • 1929 Château Cheval Blanc 98 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Incredibly still fairly fruit forward with red berries, dried fruit and blood orange. Balsamic with a long and balanced finish. Really gains with air!

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  • 1943 Château Cheval Blanc 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Chateaux Bottling. Lovage, geranium and oxidative notes in the nose, but in the palate the wine is surprisingly still quite good and pleasurable to drink.

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  • 1945 Château Cheval Blanc 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Eschenauer negociant bottle. Some forest floor notes, Italian hard cheese, some iron. Reminded us of the 1959 but with less power and length.

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Flight 2 (4 Notes)

Flight 3 (4 Notes)

  • 1952 Château Cheval Blanc 86 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Oxidative, banana, licorice, not good on the nose, but the palate is still fairly good. I don’t think this was an off bottle, I’d rather guess this needs to be drunk up (or should have been 10 years ago)

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  • 1953 Château Cheval Blanc 99 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Stunner and so surprising! This even edged out the 47 that night (at least for me). Coffee, mocha, cassis, chocolate, incredibly dense wine with a long long finish. AMAZING!

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  • 1955 Château Cheval Blanc 88 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Calvet bottling. Forest floor, orange soda, cherry, I was going back and forth if this was a clean bottle or not. The other tasters agreed it was clean, hence I rated it. For me it just fell short of the other wines we had

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  • 1959 Château Cheval Blanc 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Second bottle from the same source and the same negociant. This one showed so beautifully. Iron, blood, barnyard notes, but balanced with a richness and length that just developed into a fabulous balance.

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Flight 4 (4 Notes)

  • 1961 Château Cheval Blanc Flawed

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Stunning chateau bottle in pristine condition, but it was just over the hill and oxidized. Bummer...

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  • 1964 Château Cheval Blanc 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    So different from the other Chevals I had, but oh so much fun. An overlooked vintage this delivered.
    More California than Bordeaux, with mint and eucalyptus notes, good richness and length.
    This has a lot of life ahead!

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  • 1966 Château Cheval Blanc 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    This was a good but not great bottle of the 1966 Cheval. I really enjoyed it but if you know what this wine can deliver if you hit the right bottle I couldn’t help being a bit disappointed.
    Chocolate, mocha, medicinal, Japanese mushrooms, long and medium weight finish

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  • 1971 Château Cheval Blanc 84 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Slender and light, pear notes, long but too light finish

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Flight 5 (3 Notes)

  • 1975 Château Cheval Blanc 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Floral, leather, good but fairly uneventful drinking here...

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  • 1983 Château Cheval Blanc 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Polenta, popcorn, oysters, soy sauce, rich creamy and warm. Needs more time in the bottle. I think I wait at least 5 more years before opening my bottles.

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  • 1985 Château Cheval Blanc 94 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru

    Young, fresh, fruity with some awesome smoked-brisket-crust notes. The wine was quite readily approachable and has hit its maturity plateau which by my estimate will last for at least 20 years

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