Red

1985 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 155

  • Collector1855 wrote: 96 points

    November 29, 2019 - Chateau Cheval Blanc - 30 year vertical (1949-2015) tasted blind: Medicinal nose, forest floor, clearly tertiary. I loved this wine, the palate reminded be a bit of a less sweet version of a Soldera or Rayas, with clear barnyard funk present. The tannins were soft and mellow and there was ripe Merlot fruit present. Definitely an overlooked gem this 85 it was. The 82/85/90 was a very strong trio next to each other which could not be said for the 86/87/88.

  • BradE wrote:

    October 24, 2019 - Picture perfect.

  • Daniel M. Likes this wine: 98 points

    September 28, 2019 - Einfach unbeschreiblich gut! Für mich das Beste, was ich bis jetzt trinken durfte.
    Typische Bordeaux-Gewürznote, komplex, kräftig und mit lang anhaltendem Abgang.

  • Mipesu Likes this wine: 100 points

    September 28, 2019 - Update folgt...

  • HenrikJ Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 21, 2019 - From a half bottle which, according to the owner, had not been stored optimally the whole time since purchase. The expectations where thus quite low. Carefully decanted, the wine showed some age on the colour with a bit of brick towards the edges and fairly heavy sediment. Quite muted aromas at first but opening up within minutes in the glass. Unmistakingly a mature Bordeaux with a deep bouquet of ripe cassis, perfumed hints, some undergrowth and herbs. Very complex nose. I've tried Bordeaux wines of this age before and while the notes are very familiar none has been nearly as deep and complex as this. The palate is medium bodied, soft and velvety with extremely fine grained tannins and long finish. Fantastic experience. Drinking marvelously well right now, but since this was so lively I can only imagine that a standard or magnum bottle stored in a decent cellar the whole time will have a long life ahead of it still.

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  • By Neal Martin
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  • By Jancis Robinson
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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s

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Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    October 2011 (link)

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

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The World of Fine Wine

  • June 2008, Issue #20 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    8/13/2007 (link)

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    1/3/2003 (link)

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Vinous

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

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

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2005 (link) 93 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Light spicy nose; medium-bodied, spice, plum palate with good acidity; long finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 19 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,425 (67%)
  • Consumed 687 (32%)

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