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Location: Situated in the farthest corner of St. Emilion, bordering into Pomerol. (Appellation Saint Emilion Controlée)
Grape Variety: 66% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 1% Malbec. Average age of vines is 39 years.
History: One of the rare properties to never have changed hands, the vineyard has been the property of the Fourcaud-Laussac for over 150 years. 15 hectares of land sold by Figeac to Monsieur Ducasse in 1832, and a further 15 hectares acquired in 1837 constituted the future Cheval Blanc. In 1854 Mademoiselle Ducasse married Monsieur Fourcaud-Laussac. On this occasion 5 hectares were added to the domaine which henceforth sold the wine under the name of Chateau Cheval blanc. Since this time, the heirs of Fourcaud-Laussac have run the domaine.
Vinification and aging: Fermented in lined concrete vats and aged in new oak barrels for 20 months. The wine is clarified with egg whites and until 1979 was never filtered.
Style: Dark ruby in color, an opulently rich and fruity wine, full bodied, voluptuous and lush. Deceptively easy to drink when young.
Tasting notes for 1995 Cheval-Blanc - Deep, dark colour with mauve highlights - Rich, warm nose. Fruity (cherry and blackcurrant). Shows beautiful ripeness. Spicy with a touch of new oak. - Huge concentration on the palate. This is a rich, fleshy, massive wine. Perfect balance on all counts with a beautiful finish and soft tannin.
Tasting notes for 1989 Cheval-Blanc - Beautiful, deep colour just starting to show its age with shades of brick-red on the rim. - The bouquet is starting to open up with good concentration and hints of fruit compote, blackcurrant and prune. A touch of spice, black pepper and moss. - Beautiful structure on the palate with lots of stuffing, freshness and tannin that is still unyielding at this point. Flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and fruit marinated in spirits, plus a slightly musky note which should increase with age. A very attractive wine
Tasting notes for 1990 Cheval-Blanc - Deep, dark, intense colour showing a touch of age. - The bouquet is remarkably concentrated and complex. There are hints of overripeness (candied fruit) and roasted almond and cocoa. There is a creamy quality, with a touch of caramel and vanilla, as well as a spicy side, with black pepper. Manages to be both powerful and elegant. - On the palate, 1990 Cheval-Blanc is beautifully rich, with round, velvety tannin. It is quite flavoursome : toast, coffee and caramel and a pinch of liquorice at the end. The aftertaste is warm and exceptionally long. Still young, but already irresistible. An unqualified success.