Cheval Blanc 1999

SubregionSt Emilion

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Tasting Notes

A blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc, the complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc 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 mould 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. A seamless beauty of finesses, charm, and concentration, 1999 has produced an exciting Cheval Blanc to drink relatively young. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022. Last tasted, 1/03.

Score: 93Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003

Score: 93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002

Score: 94/95Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (134), April 2001

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (128), April 2000

Wonderfully aromatic, with chocolate, berry and plum character. Medium bodied, with firm yet fine tannins and a tight finish. A fine and elegant cheval blanc. Drink now through 2004.

 James Suckling, Wine Spectator (31/3/2), March 2002

Score: 89James Suckling, Wine Spectator (Mar 2002), March 2002

Score: 90/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator

A beautiful wine, round and opulent with creamy fruit. Dare we say it, but some of our group felt that this was showing even better than the 1998 did last year! It certainly beats 1995 and 1996. Absolutely gorgeous. Controversially, Robert Parker is convinced that this wine is better than the 1998 and the best since 1990.

Score: 18Farr Vintners, June 2000

Score: 22/25Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine (Jun 2000), June 2000

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