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2004 Cheval Blanc

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2004 Cheval Blanc from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

The 2004 vintage at the illustrious Chateau Cheval Blanc has gracefully entered the pantheon of fine wines worthy of astute investors and discerning palates alike. This particular offering from the storied Saint-Émilion estate commands attention, not only for its celebrated lineage but especially for its enigmatic presence, unparalleled in contrast to other vintages.

 

A Vintage Blossoming with Poise

In 2004, Bordeaux experienced a year marked by a rather demure growing season, juxtaposed with pockets of intense heat and fortuitous rainfall. This capricious weather was triumphed by the adept hands that tend Chateau Cheval Blanc’s revered vines. The resulting wine demonstrates a splendid equilibrium of matured ephemeral notes and vigourous yet sophisticated tannins—a testament to the dexterity exercised in winemaking despite Mother Nature’s whimsy.

 

Decoding the Depths: A Profile Steeped in Complexity

The 2004 Cheval Blanc unveils itself with an aromatic display reminiscent of a carefully curated symphony: each note deliberate, each harmony meticulously arranged. From the outset, scents of blackberries and tobacco meet the olfactory senses, gently yielding to undertones of truffle and moist earth—a nod to the storied terroir from which it originates.

Upon indulgence, one encounters a palate both opulent and measured. The wine offers a kaleidoscope of flavours ranging from dark fruits to hints of cocoa and espresso, culminating in a finish that resonates long after the initial sip. Encased within its structured body lies a soul yearning to express tales of its exceptional provenance.

 

An Acquisition for the Perspicacious Investor

To possess such a bottle is to hold a fragment of vinicultural majesty; an exemplar among Bordeaux blends. The 2004 vintage from Chateau Cheval Blanc entices those privy to the nuances of mature wine as well as collectors anticipating longevity and graceful evolution. As an investment, it sits with quiet confidence among portfolios, knowing its intricate dance between resilience and refinement will only endear it further over time.

For connoisseurs seeking a touchstone piece that encapsulates both the grandeur and idiosyncrasies of its birth year—the 2004 Cheval Blanc represents an astute addition, one that harmonises storied tradition with an individualistic stroke shaped by the season's unique conditions.

Market price (CAD)

$7,860.00

12x75cl

Highest score

92

POP score

394.17

Scores and tasting notes

92+

I had high hopes for this Cheval Blanc out of barrel, perhaps a return to form? I still think this is a very fine Saint Emilion although it has not quite fulfilled the promise it initially showed. A very deep ruby/garnet colour. The nose seems to be quite backward with the Cabernet Franc component in the driving seat, aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, dark chocolate and iron rust. Good definition. The palate displays firm tannins, a rather “edgy” Cheval Blanc, quite tight and bashful; minerally and hints of burnt toast on the surprisingly dry finish. I will be more parsimonious with my score, but something tells me that it could put on weight over the next 5-6 years. Drink 2015-2025+ Tasted November 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2009

91

Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2004 Cheval Blanc offers pastille-like fruit on the nose: strawberry, raspberry coulis and wilted rose petal aromas, nicely defined although compared to other vintages, missing a sense of terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, masculine in style with moderate depth. Conservative, correct and linear, it is redeemed by a fine line of acidity, overtly "classic" in style with an edgy finish that offers just the right amount of dryness to urge you back for more. Not the most exciting Cheval Blanc, ii must be said, although it feels "solid" and should offer another 15 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted December 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 February 2017

90

Eighty thousand bottles of 2004 Cheval Blanc were produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot. Subtle herb, menthol, cranberry, black currant, and licorice aromas emerge from this dark ruby/plum-colored wine. It is medium-bodied and elegant with plenty of sweet fruit, but not a lot of weight or intensity. The complexity and nobility of Cheval Blanc’s gravelly terroir is apparent in this delicate, subtle St.-Emilion. Give it a few years to develop additional aromatics, and drink it over the following 12-15.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #171 June 2007

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