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Chateau Cheval Blanc 1996

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1996
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    Parker : 88 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Tasted at the château, the 1996 Cheval Blanc was a majority of Cabernet Franc although the exact blend is not known. Firstly, the color is a healthy garnet with a mahogany rim. The bouquet has good intensity although it is certainly not a complex set of aromas: dusky black fruit, game, clove and a faint touch of hickory. The palate is quite sharp on the entry with noticeable acidity. My main criticism is a lack of cohesion and a lack of Merlot to bind everything together and lend fleshiness. It seems to be rather monochromatic, a Cheval Blanc with a single note, the finish conservative with a touch of black pepper and cooked meat, but a little frayed around the edges. I would drink bottles now and maybe larger formats would yield more pleasure. The bottom line is this is not one of the great Cheval Blancs and that is reflected in my score. Tasted July 2016.
    BordeauxSaint-Emilion
    Alcohol
    13

    Grape varieties
    Cabernet Franc/Merlot

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Conventional farming

    J. Robinson
    17

    R. Gabriel
    18

    Wine Spectator
    91

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Libournais

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Cheval Blanc

    Classification
    1er grand cru classé "A"

    Parker
    88

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

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