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Chateau Cheval Blanc 750ML 1999
Sku: 02951
Premiers Grands Crus Classés (A)

93 PTS – The Wine Advocate
#140 (04/2002)
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

The complex, explosively fragrant 1999 Cheval Blanc ...more

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Critics Ratings:     (1)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint Emilion
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg.  $299.99
On Sale $224.99
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"This may be the finest Cheval Blanc since the monumental 2000.... .A deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a classic Cheval perfume of menthol, red as well as black currants, smoke, oranges, and black tea. It possesses beautiful sweetness and purity, medium body, extraordinary elegance, and potential complexity. While not a blockbuster in the style of the 2000 and 1998, it is a precise, fragrant, potentially top-flight effort as well as one of the finest wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022." - RP 93-95 - APRIL 2005

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Premiers Grands Crus Classés (A)

93 PTS – The Wine Advocate
#140 (04/2002)
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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.

94-95 PTS – The Wine Advocate
#134 (04/2001)
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

The immensely sexy, totally disarming 1999 (a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc) boasts a deep purple color in addition to gorgeous aromas of jammy black fruits, coffee, cedar, and minerals.

As the wine sits in the glass, additional nuances of kirsch and orange marmalade become apparent. A seamless classic, with an unctuous texture, gorgeous levels of fruit, and no hard edges, this compelling Cheval Blanc will be gorgeous to drink young, yet will last for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

Kudos to administrator Pierre Lurton for the efforts he has put forth over recent years.

92-94 PTS – The Wine Advocate
#128 (04/2000)
Review by Robert M. Parker, Jr.

The 1999 may be the finest Cheval Blanc administrator Pierre Lurton has yet made. There will be approximately 10,000 cases of this 55% Merlot/45% Cabernet Franc blend, which represents 52% of the estate's total production. It was an extremely difficult vintage, especially the last half of September, but a severe crop thinning and selection process have resulted in an exotic Cheval Blanc.

A dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by exotic, tropical-like notes of brandy-macerated tangerines, chocolate, kirsch, cassis, and vanilla. Sexy, with a medium-bodied unctuosity, as well as elements of sur-maturite, this low acid, accessible Cheval Blanc should be delicious young. If it puts on weight (as this estate's wines often do), it will merit an even higher score.

Although Cheval Blanc is notoriously difficult to judge in its youth (because of the high percentage of Cabernet Franc which makes it taste significantly lighter than it ultimately turns out to be), the 1999 is an unquestionably impressive effort. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2016.

Background
Château Cheval Blanc, a 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) is unquestionably the leading estate in St. Emilion. It is located in the north-west of the St. Emilion appellation, bordering Pomerol. Cheval Blanc's vineyards (Merlot 39%, Cabernet Franc 57%, Malbec 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%) enjoy a variety of soils: gravel, clay and sand, all underpinned by an impermeable sedimentary rock (`crasse de fer'). Fermentation and maceration last 4 weeks in stainless steel vats, followed by 18 months' maturation in new oak barrels.

Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world and present régisseur Pierre Lurton is amongst the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux today. Cheval Blanc requires a minimum 10 years of bottle age and the best vintages can last for 50 years or more.

 
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