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1995 Cheval Blanc, St-Emilion

SKU #110277 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright red. Pure aromas of strawberry, flowers, soy sauce, espresso and minerals. Then clean and straight forward on the palate, with nicely balanced flavors similar to the aromas. Finishes very long and smooth. A very good Cheval Blanc, bigger than the 1996 but perhaps a touch less delineated; choosing between the two amounts to a case of different strokes for different folks. This was a warm year: temperatures during the 1995 growing season were on average 1.5°C higher than the previously recorded annual averages, with a very hot July and August, and the harvest took place early, between September 15 and 28. In fact, only the 1989 and 1990 harvests began earlier. (ID) 93+ Inner quote mark (10/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Medium ruby-garnet edge. Intense aromas of plums, cherries and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and very tight, with supersilky tannins and a long finish. Solid core of fruit. Still holding back. (JS, Web Only-2007) Inner quote mark

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A pretty, attractive Cheval Blanc, the 1995 contains a higher percentage of Merlot in the final blend than usual (50% Merlot/50% Cabernet Franc). This wine has not developed as much fat or weight as its younger sibling, the 1996, but it appears to be an outstanding Cheval Blanc with an enthralling smoky, black currant, coffee, and exotic bouquet. Complex, rich, medium to full-bodied flavors are well-endowed and pure, with surprisingly firm tannin in the finish. Unlike the sweeter, riper 1996, the 1995 may be more structured and potentially longer-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/1998)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Rich and soft. Gentle texture. Very flattering and subtle. A very, very good 1995. Long, sweet and spicy. A very gentle hand here. (JR) 18/20 points Inner quote mark (7/2015)

K&L Notes

95 points, Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This is an outrageously decadent Cheval Blanc. The nose is layer upon layer of ebullient, red-berried fruit: raspberries, crushed strawberries, lavish creamy new oak and a touch of vanilla pod. I would describe it as “slutty” in the hands of a lesser estate. The palate is full-bodied with plush red-berried fruit, at the moment firmly under the governance of the Merlot with a sexy, lascivious finish. The word that comes to mind is: orgiastic." (09/2011)

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