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 Vintage1988 Label 1 of 165 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Cheval Blanc (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionLibournais
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2001 and 2017 (based on 15 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Cheval Blanc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.1 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 43 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by johnh1001 on 1/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Went back and forth on whether this was slightly corked, but ultimately felt it was ok. Dark fruit, herbs, tobacco. Earth. Full, youthful round. Superb balance and wonderful texture. Perfect spot to drink right now (1273 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 6/7/2014 & rated 94 points: Bordeaux 1988 Horizontal Tasting: Tasted blind: Deep ruby in color. Nose shows eucalyptus, coffee, tobacco, leather and hints of Coke. Very elegant and nicely integrated acidity. Smooth, sweet...one feels in Bordeaux heaven. Great wine to drink over the next 10 years or so. (3020 views)
 Tasted by redders on 11/28/2013 & rated 93 points: Brittannia Group (Hix Mayfair): Ripe rich mineral slaty but great balance ripe long and firm. Terrific length . v fine (3968 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 11/16/2013 & rated 94 points: Another great bottle from the same case. Nose was right out of the gate. I am going to wait a few years to try the next one. I am impressed but how youthful and pungent this wine is. (3934 views)
 Tasted by gripNsip on 11/7/2013: PnP'd at cellar temp, consumed over a few hours. I didn't keep notes, but was amazed at how the wine kept changing as the time went on. Amazingly youthful for a 25-year-old wine. Wonderful texture to the tannins. Overall a wonderful and delicious wine. Poured side-by-side with a 1991 Latour, everyone at the table agreed this was the better of the two wines that night. (4016 views)
 Tasted by Ericsson on 8/22/2013: Bordal chez Criduc (Bordeaux '88) (Geneva): Couleur grenat foncé. Nez d'écurie, de serpillière, pas net. Bouche pas agréable non plus, ne s'améliorant pas à l'aération. La bouteille était sans doute fatiguée, le bouchon étant semble-t-il très imbibé. (4092 views)
 Tasted by mbwineguy on 5/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Consistent notes with the bottle from Dec 2012. Left it out overnight and while it did not fall apart nothing magical happened. A good Cheval...nothing spectacular. (3212 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 5/2/2013 & rated 94 points: Decanted and drank over 3 hours. This bottle was in perfect condition. Pristine label, fill well into the neck and a perfect cork. Took about 30min to open up, but once it did the nose reveal dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, mint, earth, spice and old wood. The palate matched initially was a bit sour, but with time this developed into wonderfully sweet dark fruit and became brighter with time. Nice and full in the mouth and a long finish and nice grip. Better than I remember the last bottle being. (2403 views)
 Tasted by MattTM on 4/8/2013: La Commanderie de Bordeaux: 1988 Horizontal (Boneta Restaurant - Vancouver, BC): Quite subdued on the nose with really not much showing, but there is some rich dark dried fruits, black pepper, vitamin, and sweet dates aromas evident. Tons of black plum on the palate, along with rich dark dried fruits, black pepper, and floral white flowers. High acidity, with a medium length finish ending on a note of black plums. This was different...astringent, fruit stripped, candied and rich dried fruits almost resembling a CDP. There was surely something off with this bottle, not corked, but seems like it's seen some heat somewhere during its life. It wouldn't be fair to rate this. NR (2815 views)
 Tasted by godx on 4/8/2013 flawed bottle: La Commanderie de Bordeaux à Vancouver - 1988 Horizontal (Boneta): This nose was weird: vitamin B. candied and roasted fruits. Palate was equally strange with stripped fruit and very soft. After trying someone else’s glass, this was clearly an off bottle. (756 views)
 Tasted by Two Winos on 12/30/2012 & rated 94 points: French barnyard-y nose. Masculine nose. However, in the mouth it is very soft & elegant. Did not decant for fear it might not hold together and I think that was a wise decision. A very good bottle of wine! (2892 views)
 Tasted by mbwineguy on 12/10/2012 & rated 91 points: From a bottle with a perfect cork and fill. Opened and poured over the course of 2 hours. Still a vibrant ruby color with little to no bricking. At first very muted on both the nose and palate. After 30 minutes became more expressive with scents of blueberries and a subtle hint of chocolate. On the palate well balanced with no soft spots. After about 2 hours it did show a slightly black fruit finish. In sum, a very good wine, but a bit subdued. Perhaps give the next bottle a couple hours to develop. (2603 views)
 Tasted by Flavito on 11/15/2012 & rated 92 points: Took a while to open, but then an austere, leafy nose. Improved a lot over two hours, but not a great Cheval. Well behind Pichon Lalande or Lynch Bages. (2444 views)
 Tasted by godx on 11/15/2012: Alvin’s 60th Birthday Dinner (Le Gavroche): Medium red with some bricking at the rim. This polarized the table as some felt this was corked and others felt it was just extremely musty. I flip flopped right until my final sniff and sip and still was partially undecided, but if I was forced to pick, I’d say it was slightly corked with a lot of mustiness underneath. Either way, the wine was drinkable. Musty nose with notes of bell pepper/stems, cedar and blackcurrants. In the mouth it was soft and fairly light in weight with excellent acidity with hints of spice and sweet fruit on the finish. Tannins are mainly resolved and what’s left are very fine. Compared to the ’95, this was more mature, more delicate and more cab franc’ish. Having said all that, I don’t think this was a representative bottle and therefore judgment is reserved. (1998 views)
 Tasted by St Paul on 9/10/2012 & rated 95 points: Red, blue and elegant but with an underlying power. There is also some plum and coconut. I had this blind and gave my vote on a Cheval Blanc but I thought it was a bit younger. A class act I think. (3054 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/1/2012 & rated 92 points: The years have been kind to this wine as it has developed well. With its lush, plum, coconut, truffle and cherry perfume, medium body and slight hint of rusticity to the tannins, this nice example of a classic Cheval Blanc is drinking great today. (3358 views)
 Tasted by rhaft22 on 2/26/2012 & rated 95 points: superb all the way around... bouquet and taste were top shelf (3578 views)
 Tasted by mariolanza on 4/1/2011 & rated 91 points: Great wine eclipsed by the 1983 this night. Ready and fully evolved. This bottle had good colour, spicy and heady aroma, classic St Emilion. (5149 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 10/26/2010 & rated 92 points: Cheval Blanc dinner (The Ledbury, London): Clear kinship with the 89 with its spicy flavour profile, but this was leaner, less flamboyant, very fine (6381 views)
 Tasted by mrener on 9/18/2010 & rated 90 points: Had at Adour restaurant in NYC.
Great aged wine, but lack some fruit and complexity. I think this should be peaking right now. (5823 views)
 Tasted by Paul Lin on 6/11/2010 & rated 95 points: Drunk from a magnum. Opens with notes of tree bark, green olives, and green pepercorns. But with time and air, the wine comes together and displays and seamless balance of spicy cassis, minerals, and wet soil. Complex, rich, and regal. More cerebral than sensual but clearly an exceptional wine. (6116 views)
 Tasted by Colima74 on 6/11/2010 & rated 95 points: With Paul and Buckles. Opened with a lot of green notes, maybe stemmy. But over the evening this just kept changing and became more elegant and refined, though a hint of green, good green, was always there. Red fruit and pencil, this was an outstanding bottle of wine. From a mag. (6128 views)
 Tasted by Ricky99 on 1/4/2010 & rated 94 points: NYE at Pierces... decanted and let sit for over an hour prior to drinking.. very tasty. Nose came alive after decanting and sitting. Not a blockbuster per se but very refined and sexy (6284 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/6/2009 & rated 90 points: First Growths (slightly disappointing) and an amazing Port (John V.'s): The outlier in the crowd and as so often happens, it was the groups WOTN. Pretty ruby color. The nose is dusty with cherries and cassis. Slight mocha notes. On the palate, this has cassis and is slightly acidic. With air it rounds out a bit showing also some cherries and a hint of menthol. Slightly tannic. (7299 views)
 Tasted by Terkel on 10/10/2009 & rated 94 points: Mature Bordeaux tasting (Le Papilion): Dark red color with an orange hue. Concentrated and powerful nose with notes of blackcurrant, bush, wet forest ground and mushrooms. On the palate it is juicy and fresh with refined, pure blackcurrant, before picking up dried flowers, earth and undergrowth on the midpalate and finally some marzipan and prunes on the long finish. Very complex and refined, with fresh acidity that balances it perfectly. It remains delicate, youthful and delicious. (6992 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Ian D'Agata
Vinous, October 2011
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The World of Fine Wine, June 2008, Issue #20
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By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Bipin Cheval Weekend (12/7/2007)
(Cheval Blanc) We started with the 1988, whose nose was fabulous, again, since the last time I had had this wine was with Pierre himself at Cheval Blanc. This bottle also had great aromas of sweet red fruits, green and black olives, cherry, nut and a touch of cola. The palate was red and rusty with nice tannins and alcohol. The 1988 is in a great spot right now, and Michael Twelfthtree, famous Australian winemaker, was also loving it, and James Suckling admired, its ‘really fresh quality and licorice’  93 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, State of Bordeaux, Day Two (4/4/2006)
(Cheval Blanc) had a sexy nose, also in a good spot. Pierre commented how 1988 was a 'very classic vintage, deep and dark in color,' and that 2004 was like 1988 with more ripeness, which caused Bipin to mutter something about Pavie that I won't repeat! Wolf appreciated its 'great nose' and found the '88 to be 'a wine for Cheval lovers, for the thinking' drinker. He went on to say 'nothing (was) overstated' and admired its 'beautiful harmony.' The wine was open and singing, Pierre picking up on some 'minty' qualities. The nose did have gorgeous red fruits, nuts, a kiss of vanilla, caramel and a touch of earth. The palate had excellent richness, great balance and a long finish. This was an excellent Cheval all the way. As the wine developed, its bready aromas became divine, and its nuttiness got sexier. Flavors of chocolate, meat and earth expanded on its rich palate, which was a bit rusty in a good way. Tasty and with definition, the 1988 Cheval was a real surprise to me, and its vigor held as tertiary aromas of olive, wintergreen and almost dill joined the party  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/21/2003)
(Château Cheval Blanc) Prune, black fruit nose; black fruit, herbaceous, cedar palate, showing some age, lacking the complexity of our other CBs; medium finish  90 points
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Château Cheval Blanc

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Cheval Blanc

Their second wine is Le Petit Cheval.

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Libournais

Libournais (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) - Read more about St. Emilion and its wines - Read more about Pomerol and its wines

Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

St. Émilion Grand Cru

Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion

 
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