Cheval Blanc Vertical ‘Chez Elke’

Hotel Hohenzollern, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Tasted June 1, 2019 by G_H with 66 views

Flight 1 (4 notes)

Red
1928 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
100 points
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!
Red
1929 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
98 points
Incredibly still fairly fruit forward with red berries, dried fruit and blood orange. Balsamic with a long and balanced finish. Really gains with air!
Red
1943 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
89 points
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.
Red
1945 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
92 points
Eschenauer negociant bottle. Some forest floor notes, Italian hard cheese, some iron. Reminded us of the 1959 but with less power and length.

Flight 2 (4 notes)

Red
1947 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
99 points
Negociant bottle. Started out slow but then gained a lot with air and kept gaining. Herbs, camomile, sweet tea, incredibly long and multi faceted wine.
Red
1948 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
97 points
Chateau bottling. Irish moss candy, herbs, slightly lactic, apricots, incredibly balanced. While the 47 gained a lot with air this was ready right off the bat and lost slightly with air
Red
1949 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
Figs, balsamic, dried figs, mushrooms, a tad too much acidity
Red
1950 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
flawed
Corked - but the wine behind shows the richness of this wine...

What a shame

Flight 3 (4 notes)

Red
1952 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
86 points
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)
Red
1953 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
99 points
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!
Red
1955 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
88 points
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
Red
1959 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
95 points
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.

Flight 4 (4 notes)

Red
1961 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
flawed
Stunning chateau bottle in pristine condition, but it was just over the hill and oxidized. Bummer...
Red
1964 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
95 points
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!
Red
1966 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
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
Red
1971 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
84 points
Slender and light, pear notes, long but too light finish

Flight 5 (3 notes)

Red
1975 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
90 points
Floral, leather, good but fairly uneventful drinking here...
Red
1983 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
93 points
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.
Red
1985 Château Cheval Blanc France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
94 points
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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