Red

1990 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
Drink between 2005 - 2028 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 255

  • King Julien wrote: 98 points

    September 4, 2022 - Decanted about an hour. Palate complexity was outstanding from the start and continued to evolve for a couple of hours as the wine blossomed, with the nose really showing itself about an hour in.

  • iainlo@gmail.com Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 7, 2022 - Monumental wine. Alas my last bottle. Incredible nose, but it’s the palate that blows you away. Great depth, complexity and a big lingering finish. Cant ask for anything more from a wine. Pity cant afford anymore!

  • aquacongas Likes this wine: 99 points

    July 4, 2022 - blind
    I was lost in detecting the wine. I was in California. Very "sweet fruit", spicy, violet, balanced, but with a great tannin structure, close to his peak, never ending finish. 99-100

  • Jimaronson Likes this wine: 97 points

    June 19, 2022 - Mature wine with two minute finish. Sweet cherry fruit and elegant silk on the palet. Slight spice to make it interesting. I decanted it for an hour, but I think a pnp is also a good choice. The wine took on a little weight over the course of four hours. I would have preferred more fruit, but it’s maturity took over. It seems as though the fruit will fade more as time progresses so I would suggest drinking this wine over the next few years. The sooner you consume the more fruit.

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  • Nanda wrote: 95 points

    June 3, 2022 - Side-by-side with Angelus and Clinet. The most regal of the three with serious, intense perfume. Refined, lithe palate has some power but its sneaky and more elegant. I slightly preferred the more masculine Angelus, but this is special to be sure.

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Vinous

  • By Neal Martin
    Cellar Journal: Bordeaux 1920-2015 (Dec 2019), 12/1/2019 (link)

    (Cheval Blanc Cheval Blanc Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JebDunnuck.com

  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Up From The Cellar #6 & Misc New Releases, 6/14/2019 (link)

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc) Subscribe to see review text.

Decanter

  • By Jane Anson
    Anson’s pick: Bordeaux 1989 vs 1990 – Left Bank, 10/25/2018 (link)

    (Château Cheval Blanc, St-Émilion, Bordeaux, France, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

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

    (Ch Cheval Blanc St-émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • 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
  • UPC Codes 081753800062, 3490890013421

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 75 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,301 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,780 (29%)

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Community Recommendations

Roasted racks of lamb ala Charlie Trotter. Perfect!

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