1979 was a cool yet generous year. The wine is of average quality, but has aged quickly and still provides much pleasure today.



Temperatures were lower than average all through the growing season. After a wet spring, summer and early autumn were dry.  Rain returned at an above-average level starting on the 20th of October, but the year remained a moderately dry one on the whole.


In order to grow well, the vine needs for water stress to set in slowly so the grapes to ripen well and become concentrated. This moderately dry year led to only moderate water stress however, because the cool temperatures in 1979 caused little evaporation.



The cool temperatures also slowed down the vine's growth cycle. Thanks to dry weather, the grapes nevertheless ripened well.   Yields were high in 1979, especially Merlot. The harvest was very late: 8-18 October.

  Begin End
1979 harvest dates October, 8th October, 18th
Average harvest dates: 1946-2014 September, 24th October, 8th


1979 hield   (hl/ha) Average yield: 1946 to 2014
48.8 33.9


Degree of alcohol 12
Total acidity (g H2 S04/L) 3.04
Volatile acidity (g H2 SO4/L) 0.46
pH -
Total SO2 (mg/L) 96
Reducing sugar content (g/L) 1.6
IPT (DO280) -



1979 was a year of high yields at Cheval Blanc. This ended up reducing wine's concentration and intensity. It is nonetheless a very pleasant wine that has unfortunately gone past its peak.

The medium-deep colour shows the wine's age, with marked orangey highlights.

The bouquet initially reveals notes of cedar and Havana cigar, smoke, and kirsch, as well as honey and fresh dates. One also notices the influence of Cabernet Franc and its characteristic menthol aroma.

The wine starts out smooth and develops beautifully on the palate. The structure is polished and precise, lacy and nuanced. The spicy aftertaste features hints of clove and liquorice. It is a fine ending to this wine that is slightly past its best, and should be consumed sooner rather than later.

1979 Cheval Blanc is, even so, a great pleasure at the present time.