1990 Cheval Blanc

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-EMILION
abv 13.0%
  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 97 IWC
  • 98 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47387-1990-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97

    ($450-$625) Deep healthy red-ruby. Knockout nose combines nearly candied cherry and raspberry fruit, grilled nuts, coffee, tobacco, game, earth and mint. Great silky sweetness in the mouth, thanks to fabulously pure, ripe cabernet franc. Finishes with extraordinary sweetness and great persistence, with the ripe tannins currently buried under a wave of fruit. A fabulous vintage for this chateau.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 19

    Light cherry red. So sweet and rich and enveloping! Almost caramel and minerals on the nose. Lovely sweetness. Very ripe and round and glorious. Not sickly in any way - great freshness on the finish. Hooray for Cabernet Franc.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    One of my favorite Cheval Blancs, it remains to be seen if the 1998, 2000, and 2008 will live up to this offering. It is the ripest wine of the aforementioned vintages, with a complex bouquet of tobacco leaf, Christmas fruitcake, sweet black fruits, bordering on fig and plum, but no hint of overripeness, and notions of new saddle leather, mint, and incense. The gorgeously expressive aromatics are followed by a full-bodied wine revealing abundant glycerin as well as elevated alcohol, but it is not hot, and nothing is out of place. Expansive, rich, and revealing the nuances and complexity that come from bottle age, it is at its peak of maturity where it should remain for another 10-15 years. Reviewed on: June 2009
    Drink Dates: 2009-2024
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 183
  • James Suckling | Rating: 97

    This is really wonderful and a big surprise for the tasting with wonderful flowers, dark berries and hints of currants on the nose. It’s full and very silky with a wonderful precision and finesse. Goes on and on. Wow. What a finish. This is a buy call. So outstanding. Just a baby but a joy to drink. Reviewed on: March 2012
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Dark ruby red. Superripe aromas of raisins, dried plums and intense truffle. Full-bodied, chewy and layered, with lovely ripe fruit. Such beauty. Serious Cheval.--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. Reviewed on: June 2001
    Drink Dates: Now
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Jun 30, 2001
  • Vinous | Rating: 98


    (13.6% alcohol; 40 h/h): Bright red. Very complex, deep nose of blackcurrant, red cherry, coffee, tar, tobacco leaf and flowers. Then smooth, rich and dense, with a creamy texture and lively acidity nicely extending the flavors of dark berries, plum, mocha, soy sauce, leather and Oriental spices. A ripely tannic wine with a rich, exotic mouth feel, this comes across as a more opulent style of Cheval Blanc. Finishes extremely long and complex, with a smoky chocolatey nuance and a sweet coconut note. This outstanding and complex wine will have you going back to the glass again and again. A warm and dry year, the 1990 vintage was slightly hotter than 1989 (some cuvees of merlot clocked in at over 14% alcohol), with 11 days over 35°C between July and August. From July to September there was 27% more sunlight than average and it was very dry throughout. It was also a very precocious year, with flowering occurring around May 25, veraison (the color change of the berries) on August 12, and harvest between September 11 and 25. (Incidentally, the chateau does not have records of the final blends of their vintages prior to the early 1990s. Reviewed on: October 2011
    Author: Ian D'Agata
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Pale ruby. Not the richest nor most seductive bottle of this usually very seductive wine. It was the first red of an array of six vintages of Cheval served blind at this dinner that I nosed and immediately thought 'Cabernet Franc!' After the 1928 it seemed a little bit young and unformed initially but in the glass it really came out and got sweeter and richer. It did look mature but had some freshness on the finish. Makes me want to taste another bottle! Reviewed on: January 2014

    Drink Dates: 2008-2022
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 1990 Cheval Blanc is fast becoming my favorite modern-day vintage of this Saint Emilion estate and perhaps the 1990 is now exiting the slip-steam of the feted 1982. This is unequivocally a brilliant wine. The nose holds nothing back, a line of senses all doing the conga towards your olfactory senses: macerated dark cherries, exotic kirsch-like aromas, leather, mahogany bureau, touches of crème de cassis and herbs all vie for attention. The palate is full-bodied and cloaked in a silky, velvety texture that leaves you a little ga-ga. There is so much fruit ram-packed into the bravura of a finish. Moreover, there's just so much joie-de-vivre and decadence in this wine, but it never seems overpowering or ostentatious. This bottle came from perfect provenance, as it was served blind by winemaker Pierre Lurton at a private dinner hosted by a mutual friend in Bordeaux. Tasted March 2016.

    Drink Dates: 2016-2045
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: Interim End of July 2016
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Author: dave1161
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: RDV
  • Self | Rating: 99

    An amazing Cheval Blanc with a deep rich dark color, full bodied & long lasting. The wine is perfect and will last for years. Enjoy now or save. It will only get better! However, the 1990Cheval Blanc must be poured in the glass at least two hours prior to drinking. We actually waited almost three hours to enjoy!
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: NC
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    Author: 1SK
  • Self | Rating: 84

    This bottle did not make it 26 years.
    Drink Dates: 2016
    Author: Brock M
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Wow. The wine has cedar and plum on the nose and palate. It is showing complexity and earthy flavors that are extarordinary. Long, Long finish. Wow.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2015
    Author: Conrad K
Chateau Cheval Blanc, a 1er Grand Cru Classe (A), is the most renowned and sought-after producer in the St. Emilion appellation of Bordeaux. The estate's 37 hectares yield primarily Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with small percentages of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard soils consist of sand, clay and gravel; the clay soil lending opulence and the gravel more tannin structure to the wine. Cheval Blanc is characterized by aromatic complexity such as Asian spice and finesse that lasts through the finish. This Cabernet Franc-based blend has the staying power to age at least 10 to 50 years for the best vintages.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1877 bottles owned
  • 257 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 257 collectors)