1990 - Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion (Non OWC)
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2000 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl

1990 CH CHEVAL BLANC 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION (NON OWC) - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2000 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, March 2016,
    Score: 19.5

    One of the stars of the night, this is an absolute beauty and a 1st growth in every way. Mature brick red in colour, vibrant aromas of plums and damsons, with hints of white truffles and hedgerow berry fruits. Quit simply a stunner, the fruit is totally in keeping with the tannins, always fresh and although there is a density it isn’t to excess. Very silky in texture and the great layers of plums and chocolate on the finish. A glorious wine, heading towards perfection.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, March 2016,
    Score: 98

    The 1990 Cheval Blanc is fast becoming my favorite modern-day vintage of this Saint Emilion estate and perhaps the 1990 is now exiting the slip-steam of the feted 1982. This is unequivocally a brilliant wine. The nose holds nothing back, a line of senses all doing the conga towards your olfactory senses: macerated dark cherries, exotic kirsch-like aromas, leather, mahogany bureau, touches of crème de cassis and herbs all vie for attention. The palate is full-bodied and cloaked in a silky, velvety texture that leaves you a little ga-ga. There is so much fruit ram-packed into the bravura of a finish. Moreover, there's just so much joie-de-vivre and decadence in this wine, but it never seems overpowering or ostentatious. This bottle came from perfect provenance, as it was served blind by winemaker Pierre Lurton at a private dinner hosted by a mutual friend in Bordeaux. Drink 2016-2045

  • RP4

    Robert Parker, June 1992,
    Score: 92-93

    Will this wine turn out to be a replay of Cheval Blanc's glorious 1983? It appears to be the most complete Cheval produced since their historic duo of 1982 and 1983. Richer and longer in the mouth than the lightish 1988, and significantly deeper and more complete than the 1989, the 1990 exhibits deeper color than recent Cheval Blancs, as well as a profound menthol aroma intermingled with scents of truffles and sweet black fruits. In the mouth, this expansive, typical, exotic example of Cheval Blanc is captivating because of its opulence and rich, velvety finish. Given the fact that Cheval Blanc has a tendency to put on weight and perform better after 3-5 years of bottle age, this is an impressive score! Anticipated maturity: 1995-2010.

  • RP3

    Robert Parker, February 1993,
    Score: 95

    Will the 1990 turn out to be a replay of Cheval Blanc's glorious 1983? It appears to be the most complete Cheval produced since their historic duo of 1982 and 1983. Richer and longer in the mouth than the lightish 1988, and significantly deeper and more complete than the 1989, the 1990 exhibits deeper color than recent vintages of Cheval, as well as a profound menthol aroma intermingled with scents of truffles, mocha, toast, and sweet black fruits. This expansive, typical, exotic example of Cheval Blanc is captivating because of its opulence and rich, velvety finish. It already provides immense pleasure. An attention grabber! Anticipated maturity: Now-2010.

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, January 2003,
    Score: 100

    This wine has overtaken its closest rival, the 1982. Dense ruby purple with only a bit of lightening at the edge, the explosive nose of black fruits and cassis intermixed with coffee, menthol, and leather is followed by an opulent, splendidly concentrated wine that is sheer nectar. With no hard edges, gorgeously integrated glycerin, tannin, acidity, and alcohol are all present in this seamless classic. The wine has been gorgeous since youth, but is now revealing more aromatic and flavor nuances into the game. This is spectacular stuff! Anticipated maturity: Now-2015. Last tasted, 12/02.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2009,
    Score: 98+

    One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. Release price: ($3000.00/case). Drink: 2009-2024.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, February 1997,
    Score: 98

    In contrast to the 1989, the 1990 is increasingly sumptuous with each additional tasting. The wine possesses all the hallmarks of a hot, ripe year - low acidity, super-ripe, nearly over-ripe fruit, an opulent, oily texture, great sweetness of fruit, and a long, voluptuously-textured finish. In the most recent tasting, I almost mistook it for Le Pin given its showboat-like nose of coconut, toasty new oak, and gobs of smoky, blackcurranty, and cherry fruit. The wine is full-bodied, rich, and concentrated, with layers of extract, and well-concealed tannin. I am increasingly convinced that this is the most profound Cheval Blanc since the legendary 1982. Because of its fleshy, low-acid character, the wine can be drunk, but it is still youthful, with a deeper purple color than the more mature-looking 1989. It should offer exotic opulence for at least another 15-20 years. A compelling Cheval Blanc!. Drink 1997-2017

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Producer

Château Cheval Blanc

Several years ago, 10 of the world's top wine specialists were asked if they could own a wine estate, which one would it be. At least 5 of them said Château Cheval Blanc. Indeed, this château is like no other. Wonderfully silky and smooth yet powerful, Cheval Blanc is often approachable when young yet has the capacity to age for many years. Its unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc (usually 50% or more) accompanied by Merlot has undoubtedly contributed to its allure.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.