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Ageing potential:

Château Cheval Blanc has the rare ability to be good at whatever age. It is enjoyable young or as much as a century old in certain vintages. However, a great wine only reveals its full potential and all its subtle nuances after several years in bottle. It takes time to show its true colours and before reaching its peak. Every vintage of Cheval Blanc is made according to the traditional philosophy that great wine needs to age.
It should nevertheless be said that wines with ageing potential go through several periods, and that each one has its own type of attractiveness. This is all part of Château Cheval Blanc's fascinating complexity. Three different bottles of Cheval Blanc from the same vintage drunk at five, twenty, and forty years of age will each show a different facet of the same wine, variations on the same lovely theme. A bottle of fine wine meant to age is like a library of flavours that develop throughout its existence.
Wine is a "cultural" beverage that is very much alive and develops countless nuances over time. That is why this long waiting period needs to be respected. It is crucial to the wine's evolution, so that it can deliver its very best.




Storage :

Cheval Blanc's ability, after several decades of ageing, to reach the heights is a plus that only the greatest wines are capable of offering. This ageing potential is due to infinite care in winemaking – literally thousands of meticulous operations from the time the first buds burst up until bottling – and the wine's intrinsic delicate balance. This fragile equilibrium can suffer from a bad storage of the wine at any time.
One of the winelover's greatest pleasures is to go into the cellar and look at his bottles, like a parent contemplating his children. The conditions under which wine is stored for years is thus of great importance.
Like a library, a cellar should be a calm place conducive to meditation. It should also be exempt from vibrations, and especially light, which is very detrimental to harmonious ageing.
Ideally, a cellar should also be cool (between 12 and 16°C) or, in any event, avoid abrupt changes in temperature. Thermal inertia is vital for storing wine. Although the temperature may vary, it should always do so gradually and rarely go under 10°C or over 18°C.
The degree of humidity is another important parameter. This should be high enough to keep the corks from drying out, which could harm the wine and cause evaporation.  Humidity greater than 70% is advisable, although anything over 80% may damage the labels.



Service :

Like all the other great wines of Bordeaux, it is suggested to serve Château Cheval Blanc at a temperature of approximately 16-17°C. The bottle can be brought up from the cellar at a temperature of 14-15°C and stood upright so that it is at the right serving temperature in time for the meal.  
Château Cheval Blanc's rich, delicate nature precludes decanting long before drinking, but this depends very much on the vintage. However, the estate is in favour of intelligent careful decanting to reveal all of this great wine's aromas and flavours, as well as its vintage character..