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1995 Cheval Blanc

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1995 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

An exemplar of the Saint-Emilion terroir, the 1995 vintage from Chateau Cheval Blanc unfurls as a masterwork of vinification from a period known for its meteorological kindness. As comet Hale-Bopp adorned our skies, this celestial phenomenon seemed to bless the vineyards below, culminating in a harvest offering both finesse and structure.


A Vintage Marked by Elegance and Poise

Imbued with the quintessence of an excellent year, the 1995 Cheval Blanc reveals an intricate ballet of ripe Merlot and Cabernet Franc varietals, an interplay which is key to understanding this eminent vintage. Its deep garnet hue acts as a gateway to a medley of gracefully evolved aromatics—truffle, moist earth, overripe figs—an olfactory tapestry complemented by an undercurrent of dried roses and tobacco whispers that alludes to the impeccably managed ageing process.


Seamless Integration: A Reflection of Artisanal Stewardship

The palate experiences a harmonious convergence of soft tannins and vivid acidity, ensuring a silk-like texture that commands attention. Echoing the complexities of its bouquet, the palate displays blackcurrant pastilles and a hint of bell pepper, hallmarks of well-integrated varietals favoured by perceptive investors in fine wines for their longevity and potential yield.

Arguably one of the more dexterous compositions to emerge from Chateau Cheval Blanc in that decade, the 1995 vintage provides a clear lens through which one can view the impeccable quality control standards and commitment to tradition upheld by this illustrious estate.

In terms of investment potential, this wine serves not merely as a cultural artefact but also presents palpable promise given its gentle trajectory towards maturity. The 1995 Cheval Blanc has reached a plateau where appreciation—both in character and value—catches the discerning eye of those who navigate the investment landscape with precision.


A Lasting Impression

This grand cru stands proudly amongst peers as an archetypical Saint-Emilion success. To uncork this 1995 Cheval Blanc is to revel in the orchestration of vintage-specific virtuosity—a wealth not only cherished on the palate but also within one's cellar portfolio. With time's grace on its side, it's a lineage-laden libation promising both sensorial delight and investment sagacity for connoisseurs worldwide.

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Tasted at Cheval Blanc dinner at The Ledbury. This is an outrageously decadent Cheval Blanc. The nose is layer upon layer of ebullient, red-berried fruit: raspberries, crushed strawberries, lavish creamy new oak and a touch of vanilla pod. I would describe it as 'slutty' in the hands of a lesser estate. The palate is full-bodied with plush red-berried fruit, at the moment firmly under the governance of the Merlot with a sexy, lascivious finish. The word that comes to mind is: orgiastic. I wonder if it will obtain the breeding of the '85? Tasted November 2010.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Sep 2011


A pretty, attractive Cheval Blanc, the 1995 contains a higher percentage of Merlot in the final blend than usual (50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc). This wine has not developed as much fat or weight as its younger sibling, the 1996, but it appears to be an outstanding Cheval Blanc with an enthralling smoky, black currant, coffee, and exotic bouquet. Complex, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors are well-endowed and pure, with surprisingly firm tannin in the finish. Unlike the sweeter, riper 1996, the 1995 may be more structured and potentially longer-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 February 1998

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