- Château Cheval Blanc
- St Emilion
- Cabernet Franc / Merlot
- 2004 - 2020
- Case size
Robert Parker, April 1996,
In a year when many people were pleased with Cabernet Franc (Cheval Blanc's blend always contains at least two-thirds Cabernet Franc), the 1995 possesses a dark ruby color with purple nuances. The big, sweet aromatics include jammy red and blackcurrant, spice, and vanillin scents. With a creamy texture, low acidity, medium body, and excellent concentration, drinking this wine is akin to eating candy given its lush, silky texture and heady finish. If it puts on some weight and gains more depth it will turn out better than the 1989 and 1988, but let no one suggest this is remotely reminiscent of the great 1990. It will require 3-4 years of cellaring, and will keep for 15-16 years. Drink: 1999-2012.All of the wines in this segment were tasted between March 19 and March 28 in Bordeaux. Most of the important wines from both the 1994 and 1995 vintages were tasted three separate times during my ten-day stay in Bordeaux.
Robert Parker, February 1997,
The 1995 Cheval Blanc was performing exceptionally well several months before its scheduled bottling. The wine is dark ruby/purple-colored with an opaque middle. It exhibits a sexy, penetrating fragrance of chocolate, vanilla, black plummy fruit, minerals, and exotic fruits (coconuts). Fatter and richer than it was last spring, this layered, opulently-textured, medium-bodied wine possesses gorgeous reserves of fruit, glycerin, and extract. Its low acidity, moderate tannin, and wonderful purity suggests an outstanding example of Cheval Blanc. While it will not rival the 1990 or 1982, the 1995 is significantly better than the 1989 and 1988. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2018.
Robert Parker, January 1998,
This Cheval Blanc (a 50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc blend in 1995) is dark ruby/purple-colored with an opaque middle. It exhibits a sexy, penetrating fragrance of chocolate, vanilla, black plummy fruit, minerals, and exotic fruits (coconuts). Fatter and richer than it was last spring, this layered, opulently-textured, medium-bodied wine possesses gorgeous reserves of fruit, glycerin, and extract. Its low acidity, moderate tannin, and wonderful purity suggests an outstanding example of Cheval Blanc. While it will not rival the 1990 or 1982, the 1995 is significantly better than the 1989 and 1988. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2018. Last tasted 11/97.
Robert Parker, February 1998,
A pretty, attractive Cheval Blanc, the 1995 contains a higher percentage of Merlot in the final blend than usual (50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc). This wine has not developed as much fat or weight as its younger sibling, the 1996, but it appears to be an outstanding Cheval Blanc with an enthralling smoky, black currant, coffee, and exotic bouquet. Complex, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors are well-endowed and pure, with surprisingly firm tannin in the finish. Unlike the sweeter, riper 1996, the 1995 may be more structured and potentially longer-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.
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.
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.