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Cheval Blanc 1950 (750ML)

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Saint Emilion
Right Bank
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94 VM / 20 JR

The 1950 Cheval Blanc was bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd two floors below where it was opened some 69 years later. The 1950 is a highly regarded vintage, revered on the Right Bank, but poorly so on the Left. This was similar to two château-bottled examples that I have tasted previously, albeit not for many years. Deep in color with thin bricking on the rim, it has a glorious bouquet of ample red cherries, wild strawberry and blood orange, signifying a Saint-Émilion that must have been precocious in its youth. There is something almost sorbet-like about the aromatics, despite the wine’s age. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, a fine bead of acidity and real intensity that reminds me of the 1948. I detect just a soupçon of volatile acidity that is a trait, even a virtue, of Cheval Blanc from this era, imparting a tangible edginess that counters its intensity. A marvelous wine that continues to give pleasure. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media

Magnum and absolutely glorious. Still dark crimson with great polish. Sweet, round and fresh with great perfection of texture and flavour and a flattering texture that got a little grainier with time in the glass. Lucky me to have been born in this year and not the next one. - Jancis Robinson

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