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2004 Château Cheval Blanc

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
abv 13.5%
  • 90 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 88 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47387-2004

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($265-$350) Good bright ruby-red. Subdued but pure aromas of plum, flowers, licorice, menthol and Asian spices. Suave on entry, then dry and tight in the middle; extremely backward and shut down. Most impressive now for its finesse of texture. But today there's little sign of the fleshiness the wine showed in the spring after the harvest. Lock this one away for a while and forget about it. This vintage has more cab franc than merlot.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Intense aromas of tar, blackberry and wet earth, with just a hint of tobacco and flowers. Full-bodied, chewy and long. Extracted, yet turns caressing and velvety in texture. Broad-shouldered and muscular for this estate. Better than the 2000. 3,500 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Pretty dark crimson. Low key, but convincing scent. Actually surprisingly animal on the nose, then a little raw on the palate. Although this is not tarted up, I'm not really convinced about this wine. Rather awkward - does it show the weaknesses of the vintage a bit too obviously, or perhaps this is just a teenage stage?
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Joe B197
  • Self | Rating: 85

    Author: Wang Chong
  • Self | Rating: 94

    A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde show from nose to mouth. The deceptively subtle nose is alluring, w/ soft hints of red plumb, cherry and spice, and then the palate hits you w/ a resounding thud! Unmistakable opulence and unctuous textures of sheer power are delivered like a right hook from a southpaw in the 11th round of a prize fight. Authoritative grilled herb, tobacco and blackberry reduction sauce flavors are long and plush. Admirable ripeness, and even though it is certainly approachable now, I can only imagine it will evolve effortlessly for close to 3 decades. Wow!
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 81

    Disappointing. Nice nose but a slight |sour| vinegar taste. Waited a long time to open this one...
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 939 bottles owned
  • 165 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 165 collectors)