1999 Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 375ML
  • WA 93
  • IWC 92
  • WS 91

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2002
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... 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.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2011
Good full ruby. Crystallized blackcurrant licorice cedar and menthol on the nose complicated by cocoa and smoky minerals. Round and ripe but not thick or heavy on the palate featuring tangy flavors of black cherry... Good full ruby. Crystallized blackcurrant licorice cedar and menthol on the nose complicated by cocoa and smoky minerals. Round and ripe but not thick or heavy on the palate featuring tangy flavors of black cherry licorice graphite and spices. At once creamy and juicy with good breadth and fine tannins...
WS 91
Wine Spectator, March 2010
Love the chocolate mousse and berry aromas here. This is opulent yet reserved and beautiful. Full-bodied with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Offering so much finesse and beauty this is a polished and gorgeous... Love the chocolate mousse and berry aromas here. This is opulent yet reserved and beautiful. Full-bodied with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Offering so much finesse and beauty this is a polished and gorgeous Cheval.-'89/'99 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2009). Drink now. -JS
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 1999

Label

Formerly known as vin de Figeac, this wine was first sold under the name Cheval Blanc in 1852. The first gold medal won by Cheval Blanc came at the 1878 Universal Exhibition in Paris and that distinction appears on the label.

Each vineyard plot is vinified separately. At the start of fermentation, the juice is gently pumped over three times daily. As fermentation proceeds, pump-over frequency decreases and is eventually stopped when the desired level of extraction has been reached.

The young wine is aged 16 to 18 months in new French oak barrels. Six to seven different coopers are used to ensure complexity and harmony. During this period, the wine is racked by hand five to seven times. Blending takes place after the first three months.

Winery

Cheval Blanc

Chateau Cheval Blanc is a Premier Grand Cru Classe “A” estate located near Pomerol, but within the commune of Saint-Emilion. Its 39 hectares are divided into forty-five plots. While most of the appellation's other famous estates have limestone soil, Cheval Blanc's soil is alluvial, with roughly equal proportions of gravel and clay.

The vineyard has an original combination of grape varieties: 49% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each plot has its own specific profile and, to a certain extent, are treated like separate vineyards because of differences in the age of the vines, grape variety, soil type, surface area, type of rootstock, etc. The combination of these many facets accounts for Cheval Blanc’s great complexity.

Archives show that vines have been grown at Cheval Blanc at least as far back as the 15th century, but the most prestigious part of Cheval Blanc's history can be dated from 1832 when the core plot of the present-day estate was purchased by Jean-Jacques Ducasse, President of the Libourne Trade Tribunal. Over the next twenty years, the purchase of plots belonging to Chateau Figeac led to the vineyard as we know it today.

The impressive 6,000 square-meter cellar adjacent to the chateau, designed by Christian de Portzamparc and inaugurated in June 2011, houses a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and features two enormous waves of white concrete that rise magnificently out of the ground. There is a garden of wild grasses atop an artificial hill, whose gracious curves are overlooked by the chateau. The wine cellar holds fifty-two concrete vats in six rows.