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1997 Cheval Blanc

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1997 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

In the pantheon of Bordeaux wines, the 1997 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc holds a unique position, particularly as an investable vintage, exhibiting a rare combination of grace and longevity. The particularity of this year bore witness to meteorological caprice and mastery in viniculture amidst challenging conditions—an ensemble that curated the 1997 vintage's distinct narrative.


Harvest of Resolve: The 1997 Vintage Emergent

The late nineties threw a gambit of climatic challenges at the vintners' feet; mildew pressure early in the season and a summer that hesitated between heat spikes and untimely rains. These trials brought an early harvest across the board in Bordeaux. And yet, through stringent selection and winemaking alchemy, the 1997 Cheval Blanc surfaced with poise. It is a testament to the tenacity of Chateau Cheval Blanc’s team that such harmony spoke from within the concoction of primarily Cabernet Franc, supported by the supple depth of Merlot.


Eloquent Expression of Terroir

The terroir of Saint-Émilion is renowned for deftly chiseling its nuances into its yield, and in the 1997 vintage one finds an eloquent discourse etched into every bottle. This wine whispers of the clay-soil cradle carrying an integration of dark fruits—a tapestry threaded with mature notes of truffle, tobacco, and a hint of menthol which maintains vibrancy amidst its structured decadence.

The medium body belies its age—a symphony of understated power and elegance; a demonstration of what some considered an off-year for Bordeaux can caress into composure with time—a fine artwork whose appreciation deepens as it matures.


Cultivating Investment: The Ageing Arc of '97

Deserving special attention from fine wine investors, the 1997 Cheval Blanc presents an opportunity to acquire a slice of Bordeaux brilliance from a year that required astuteness to perceive value beyond ephemeral headlines. Its evolution over two decades illuminates investment foresight akin to unearthing a gem in a cultured collection.

In sum, holding tight to resilience, balance and surprising layers, the 1997 Cheval Blanc remains a distinguished player amongst its peers, one that continues to engage palates with depth-worthy distinction marked by climatic defiance.

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This is more expressive on the nose than Ausone '97 with sweet red-berried fruit: wild strawberry, orange peel and just a faint hint of brown sugar. Full-bodied n the palate with firm structure, very Merlot-driven and lacking the Cabernet Franc to lend it an additional dimension. Attractive, but a pale imitation of a great Cheval Blanc. Would be dwarfed by the ensuing vintage! Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2006.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2008


A seductive, fragrant style of Cheval Blanc, with moderate density and weight, this immediately appealing 1997 exhibits an exotic nose of coconut, plums, cherry liqueur, and sweet, toasty oak. The wine's alluring personality is accompanied by fine suppleness, low acidity, medium body, and current drinkability. Consume it over the next 7-9 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 April 2000

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