1990 Château Cheval Blanc
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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.
Château Cheval Blanc
One of the most highly-regarded estates of Saint-Émilion, Château Cheval Blanc is situated in the furthest northwest corner of the region, bordering Pomerol.
Of all the Bordeaux appellations, Saint-Émilion has the greatest diversity of terroir. However, the majority of the vineyards are planted on soils with a high percentage of clay. This favours the growth of Merlot, which is then usually blended with Cabernet Franc instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, as it is on the Left Bank. Generous, flattering wines are produced here, providing accessible, often earlier-drinking selections.
As with most of the quality viticultural areas in Bordeaux, the vineyards of Saint-Émilion are classified according to quality. However, the classification system, unlike what is applied to the properties in the Médoc ...
Bordeaux is France's most celebrated wine region. With 120,000 hectares under vine and producing over 700 million bottles of wine per year, Bordeaux is not only the most illustrious area, it is also one of the largest wine producing regions on earth.
Although most Bordeaux wines are classified as table wines or Bordeaux Supérieur, the region is better known for being the source for some of the world’s most prestigious fine wines. These include the five distinguished First Growths: Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Haut-Brion, and ...
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