Bright ruby-red with a hint of garnet. Enticing floral nose offers very pure raspberry and red cherry aromas, complicated by tobacco and bay leaf notes. Then sweet, dense and smooth in the mouth, with rich red cherry, plum and peppery flavors. Finishes with still chewy but noble tannins and a trace of heat. A great Cheval Blanc that is more massive than usual, showing plenty of concentrated, complex flavors and a wonderfully rich texture. In this vintage, Cheval Blanc benefited from its earlier ripening soils, which allowed the grapes to be harvested at optimal phenolic ripeness, something that eluded other Bordeaux estates that may have picked too early. The harvest took place from September 26 to October 8. This was the first vintage of Cheval Blanc ever sold en primeur. (ID)
A very similar showing to last year, this is a lovely Cheval Blanc with an expressive, open-knit nose, again more merlot-driven than cabernet franc with tertiary fruit inflecting the red-berried fruits with just a touch of mulberry and fresh fig. The palate is full-bodied, fleshy and succulent, touches of tar, orange rind and more dried herbs/cigar box coming through towards the finish. It does not have the bitterness that last year’s bottle showed, but I had forgotten how opulent and ravishing it tasted. Drink now-2018. Tasted May 2009. (NM-Wine Journal)
A classical and very typical/traditional vintage of Cheval kindly served at the château in the very room where I was once served it blind by Jacques Hébrard, the old owner. It was not flattered by the cherry cheesecake accompaniment but is still a beautiful, langorous, very persistent wine. The fruit is gently fading and there was a light aroma of digestive biscuits. By no means heavy but well balanced. 18.5/20
Though many '75s never shed their tannins, this shows good balance, with thick-textured cherry, raisin and cedar flavors and a long, spicy finish. (TM)
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