1972 was marked by cool temperatures and record rainfall in August. Despite the very late harvest, the wines were much criticised in their youth.  However, this Cheval Blanc has aged admirably and is a very pleasant surprise after more than 40 years in bottle​.

1972 WEATHER CONDITIONS

TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL

The weather at the beginning of the growth cycle was cool and fairly wet. June and July were especially dry, as was September, although temperatures were much higher than average from April to September.  The month of August was wet, with 187 mm of rain, i.e. 123 mm above average... The low precipitation in September and October fortunately made it possible to harvest under good conditions.

 WATER BALANCE

In order to grow well, the vine needs for water stress to set in slowly so the grapes to ripen well and become concentrated. The water balance shows that water stress started in July. Unfortunately, and despite the fact that a water deficit did gradually set in, this effect was countered by heavy showers in mid-August

FEATURES OF THE VINTAGE

RIPENING AND YIELDS

The cool weather all year long considerably delayed phenolic maturity and ripeness in the grapes. The harvest was exceptionally late. Yields were extremely low: just 17 hectolitres per hectare.

  Begin End
1972 harvest dates October, 12th October, 21st
Average harvest dates: 1946-2014 September, 24th October, 8th

 

1972 yield    (hl/ha) Average yield (1946 to 2014)
16.9 33.9

 

Degree of alcohol 12
Total acidity (g H2 S04/L) 3.34
Volatile acidity (g H2 SO4/L) 0.53
pH 3.57
Free SO2 (mg/L) -
Reducing sugar content (g/L) 1.24
IPT (DO280) 50

 

TASTING NOTES

This vintage of Cheval Blanc has aged admirably, confirming once again that it is sometimes difficult to predict the quality of a great wine in its youth. This wine currently constitutes a very pleasant surprise. In fact, it is a moving experience to drink such a good bottle that is over 40 years old.