Cheval Blanc 1990

Cheval Blanc 1990
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Region: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux


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Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990 is a benchmark wine from Bordeaux, France. It exhibits a deep ruby color with a touch of purple at the rim, indicating its youthfulness. On the nose, it reveals intense aromas of blackcurrants, black cherries, violets, spices, and hints of cedar and tobacco. The palate is rich, powerful, and opulent, with layers of ripe fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco, and exotic spices. The wine is full-bodied with velvety tannins and a long, persistent finish that leaves a lasting impression. The harmonious balance of fruit, tannin, and acidity make this vintage a standout example of Cheval Blanc's exceptional quality. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for further development, and is sure to impress even the most discerning palate

Robert Parker - 98 Points

"The 1990 Cheval Blanc is fast becoming my favorite modern-day vintage of this Saint Emilion estate and perhaps the 1990 is now exiting the slip-steam of the feted 1982. This is unequivocally a brilliant wine. The nose holds nothing back, a line of senses all doing the conga towards your olfactory senses: macerated dark cherries, exotic kirsch-like aromas, leather, mahogany bureau, touches of crème de cassis and herbs all vie for attention. The palate is full-bodied and cloaked in a silky, velvety texture that leaves you a little ga-ga. There is so much fruit ram-packed into the bravura of a finish. Moreover, there's just so much joie-de-vivre and decadence in this wine, but it never seems overpowering or ostentatious. This bottle came from perfect provenance, as it was served blind by winemaker Pierre Lurton at a private dinner hosted by a mutual friend in Bordeaux. Tasted March 2016."

Antonio Galloni - 98 Points

"The 1990 Cheval Blanc is a vintage that once upon a time I drank regularly, although I had not seen it since March 2016. Poured against the 1990 Lafite-Rothschild, this is the clear winner. Still youthful in color with modest bricking. The bouquet explodes from the glass with kirsch, mulberry, antique furniture and black truffle scents. With aeration it becomes more savory, the Cabernet Franc wanting to see more of the olfactory action. The palate is medium-bodied and comes equipped with a stunning velvety texture. This Saint-Émilion feels spherical, conveying a sense of controlled decadence but avoiding any ostentation. This is as good a bottle as I have encountered over the years. Brilliant. Tasted at Noble Rot's “Xmas” dinner."