1999 - Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2008 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
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1999 CH CHEVAL BLANC 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2008 - 2025
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £5,192.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2002,
    Score: 93

    The complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc. It is already showing well, which is a good sign for a wine that traditionally is reserved early in life, but puts on weight and richness in the bottle. Stylistically, this wine is probably cut from the same mold as vintages such as 1985, 1966, and 1962. The color is a dense ruby with purple nuances. Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavors with no hard edges. This is a seamless beauty of finesse, charm, and concentration. The 1999 is an exciting Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2001,
    Score: 94-95

    The immensely sexy, totally disarming 1999 (a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc) boasts a deep purple color in addition to gorgeous aromas of jammy black fruits, coffee, cedar, and minerals. As the wine sits in the glass, additional nuances of kirsch and orange marmalade become apparent. A seamless classic, with an unctuous texture, gorgeous levels of fruit, and no hard edges, this compelling Cheval Blanc will be gorgeous to drink young, yet will last for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 92-94

    The 1999 may be the finest Cheval Blanc administrator Pierre Lurton has yet made. There will be approximately 10,000 cases of this 55% Merlot/45% Cabernet Franc blend, which represents 52% of the estate's total production. It was an extremely difficult vintage, especially the last half of September, but a severe crop thinning and selection process have resulted in an exotic Cheval Blanc. A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by exotic, tropical-like notes of brandy-macerated tangerines, chocolate, kirsch, cassis, and vanilla. Sexy, with a medium-bodied unctuosity, as well as elements of sur-maturite, this low acid, accessible Cheval Blanc should be delicious young. If it puts on weight (as this estate's wines often do), it will merit an even higher score. Although Cheval Blanc is notoriously difficult to judge in its youth (because of the high percentage of Cabernet Franc which makes it taste significantly lighter than it ultimately turns out to be), the 1999 is an unquestionably impressive effort. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2016.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, April 2003,
    Score: 17.5

    Fullish colour. Rich, full, mocha-flavoured on the nose. Quite light on the palate after the Ausone. Good classy, balanced fruit but an absence of real concentration, grip and vigour. Fine at best. Drink: 2008 - 2018

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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.