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Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé A  1996 - Lot of 1 Bottle
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Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1996

Genuine Saint-Emilion nobility; the finest in its appellation with its extreme refinement and remarkably complex substance. A legend.

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Lot Description: Château Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé A 1996

Lot description

  • Quantity 1 Bottle
  • Level:1 into-neck
  • Label: 1 very slightly marked label
  • Origin: Private individual
  • Type of cellar: Wine cabinet
  • Recoverable VAT: No
  • Original Wooden Case: No
  • Custom Seal : no
  • Alcohol percentage : 13 %

Information about the wine

  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
  • Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé A
  • Producer/Owner: LVMH / Albert Frère
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Color: Red
  • Grape variety: 42% Merlot, 58% Cabernet franc
  • Peak: To drink
  • Service temperature (in °C): 16

Information about the producer

  • Viticulture: Sustainable farming
  • Size (in ha): 37
  • Volume: 120000 bottles
  • Intensity : Classic
  • Dominant aroma : Black fruit
  • Tasting occasion : Gastronomic wine
  • The strength of Cheval Blanc lives unquestionably in its inimitable terroir, where Cabernet-Franc expresses itself wonderfully. Nearly 50% of some bottles are Cabernet-Franc. It brings freshness and tension and balances out the Merlot that brings fruitiness and alcohol. Cheval Blanc is one of the most concentrated Saint-Emilion. It takes between 15 and 25 years of maturing for it to be at its peak. It is graceful, a texture that brings it closer to the biggest Pomerol wines.

    The wines of the legendary Château Cheval Blanc are among the best in the world. Until 1835 Cheval Blanc's vineyard was part of Figeac. Sold in two stages during the 19th century to the Fourcaud-Lussac family, the owners of Château l'Evangile, a separate estate was created and expanded by their descendants, who remained the owners until the end of the 20th century. In 1998, Albert Frère and Bernard Arnault joined forces to buy the Cheval Blanc Société Civile, but the same team and director, Pierre Lurton, remained in place. In 2009 the LVMH group bought 50% of Bernard Arnault's personal stake. Located on the edge of Pomerol, the vineyard has a very particular terroir. The grape varieties planted are unusual for the Saint Emilion, with a higher proportion of Cabernet Franc than Merlot. Tremendously rich and smooth, this wine is characterized by exotic flavours, with notes of spices and very ripe black fruit, and a just a hint of mint. Ranked among Bordeaux's greatest wines, Cheval Blanc has maintained an excellent level of quality for many years. This wine is usually delicious even at bottling. After ageing for several decades (in the great vintages) it develops a superb intensity and richness. Some vintages, such as 1947 or 1982, reach extraordinary levels of perfection. Despite a slight wobble in quality in the 1960s and 1970s, Château Cheval Blanc has remained at the top since 1954, with the highest possible rank of Premier Cru Classé A in the Saint Emilion classification. You will not find any 1991 Cheval Blanc. The wine was not produced in that year.
    *The above information describes the wine and is not vintage specific.

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Further information

88/100Wine Advocate (Parker/Martin)
91/100Wine Spectator
17/20Jancis Robinson
19/20 RVF
91/100Vinous Antonio Galloni
90/100J.-M. Quarin
  • Service temperature16°
  • Peak To drink

Tasting notes - Extract
"Elégant et modérément massif, le Cheval Blanc 1996 se distingue par une robe prune-grenat foncé assez évoluée. Véritable quintessence de l'élégance, il exhale un nez complexe de fruits noirs, de noix de coco, de fumé et de pain grillé. Ce vin moyennement corsé présente un doux fruit et une belle complexité dès l'attaque en bouche ; sa finale est aussi opulente que veloutée.(...)" Source: Robert Parker (1/99)