1952 was a very fine vintage thanks to hot, sunny weather conducive to an early harvest.  The wine is therefore well-balanced and extremely elegant.

1952 WEATHER CONDITIONS

WEATHER AND WATER BALANCE

In order to grow well, vines need water stress to set in slowly so that the grapes will ripen well and become concentrated.  A few very rainy days in June prevented this from happening.  However, water stress did take place starting in August (a month with little rain) and increased as time went on, accompanied by relatively warm temperatures.

FEATURES OF THE VINTAGE

GROWING SEASON, YIELDS AND CELLAR WORK

Thanks to this fine summer weather, the harvest was early, and the grapes were picked under clear blue skies. The average yield was 31 hectolitres per hectare. Fermentation went smoothly, which prompte Madame Fourcaud-Laussac said that 1952 was "a child easy to raise". 
The degree of alcohol is 12.5°.

  Begin End
1952 harvest dates September, 15th September, 29th
Average harvest dates: 1946-2014 September, 24th October, 8th

 

1952 yield    (hl/ha) Average yield: 1946 to 2014
31.2 33.9

 

TASTING NOTES

The 1952 vintage of Cheval Blanc is very attractive. The wine is well-balanced and elegant.

The bouquet features pleasant fruity overtones that combine gracefully with tertiary nuances of tobacco, cedar, and forest floor.

The wine is still delicious on the palate, with a velvety texture as well as well-focused and unusual mineral notes.

1952 Cheval Blanc is quite tasty and shows remarkable elegance if well-stored.