Red

1998 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • > Bordeaux
  • > Libournais
  • > St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 67

  • Jeff Leve wrote: (98 points)

    December 22, 2014 - It's hard to get over how great this wine really is. Picture pure bottled decadence, due to its sensuous textures, blend of ripe and almost over ripe, sweet, lush, velvet drenched fruits that build, expand leave an impression. If you want to know why so many people go crazy over Cheval Blanc, this is the bottle to try.

  • dream Likes this wine: (94 points)

    September 17, 2014 - A beautiful, structured vintage for Cheval with a glorious perfume of smoky earth, violets and minerals. On the palate, it's firm but full and really needed time in the glass to unfurl. There is a great sheen of class to the wine and the texture is silky perfection. Beautifully balanced but still very young, almost crisp with dark fruits and hints of bitter chocolate, fine herbs and cigar box. Poised to be a great vintage of Cheval but needs loads of time. 94+

  • jshufelt wrote: (92 points)

    September 13, 2014 - A birthday at Blue Hill (Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY): Decanted for an hour, which was pretty clearly several hours too few. On the nose, reticent hints of cedar, mint, currant, and smoke. On the palate, more follow through with all of the classic St Emilion notes you might expect, but still hidden behind a somewhat rough texture and substantial tannins; if not for the cedar notes and hints of the complex aged aromatics, you might think this was a year old wine. Always a special treat to taste wines of this caliber, but this bottle was only a shadow of expectations.

  • Collector1855 wrote: (97 points)

    June 29, 2014 - One of the high end Bdx I bought by the case when it was relatively cheap, 100 US or so. Makes you feel less bad drinking instead of selling it. Had a wine loving fried over at my house for a casual dinner. Good news is this wine is now ready and really terrific (warranting some of its price today). I had it a few times before and it was still closed and not revealing much of its aroma. Now we have a ruby core with a garnet rim and explosive secondary aromas of cigar box, leather, red fruit with earth and smoke, very impressive, showing its great terroir. On the palate medium bodied and elegant with excellent balance and length, really first class. I guess that is the strength of great vineyards.

  • dglebo Likes this wine: (96 points)

    May 4, 2014 - sweet nose of cherries that developed wonderfully after 1 1/2 hours of decanting. soft rhubarb red color, bright and clear. rich and full bodied, the tannins are all but completely balanced...which keeps this wine from even a higher score. ready to drink...or keep. very enjoyable.

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  • By Ian D'Agata
    October 2011 (link)

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Killers, 2/5/2010 96 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The Good Doctor offered up some 1998 Cheval Blanc, and why not. He has over 50 cases of it. Have I mentioned how they like to drink it in Hong Kong? The nose on the Cheval was tight yet sexy, its great t ‘n a slowly unwinding in a seductive manner. It was feminine yet full, possessing lots of red fruits, peanut, wintergreen and ‘still very fresh tannins,’ per the Master. There was great spice in the nose, but the palate was still a baby, but what a baby. There was huge alcohol and acid here, with expressive and defined tannins. Vincent called it ‘a young frau.’ Flavors of rust, red fruits and a hint of licorice emerged, and while this wine was decanted over two hours prior, it tasted like it could have been decanted for twenty-four hours and still come across youthfully. It still maintained a heavenly elegance despite all of its power. This is definitely an undervalued Cheval at the moment (96).

  • By John Kapon
    Bipin Cheval Weekend, 12/7/2007 96 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The flight began with a 1998. The 1998 had a great nose, wound up a coiled, yet deadly with its venom, packed with sweet, sappy and dark purple fruits. There were lots of minerals, along with black cherry and cola aromas. The palate had great minerality. It was long, elegant and fine, yet substantial. I believe it was Serena who called it, ‘absolutely mind blowing and better than the 2000…crashingly good’

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/19/2007 (link) 96 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Good red color; lovely, rich, elegant plum and white pepper nose; caramel oak, sexy, tangy, espresso, currant, fig and minerals palate; long finish 96+ pts.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2005 (link) 19.5+ points

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) Another dense, deeply coloured wine. A lovely nose here too, refined and precise, with depth and complexity. Notes of pickling spices and densely concentrated fruits, again true first growth quality. This is glorious. Pure, elegant, balanced, precise, complex wine. Beautifully structure, with integrating tannins. This has the complete package of interest and structure, depth and texture. Wonderful, with potential for truly great things. Stunning, and scored rather higher than my tasting last year.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/28/2005 (link) 94 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Vanilla, mocha, caramel nose; tight but tasty, elegant, black fruit, caramel palate; long finish 94+ pts.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2004 (link) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) The leading estate, together with Ausone. Situated on the plateau across the road from Conseillante and Vieux Chateau Certan, so no surprise that this stands apart from other St Emilion estates. There is Cabernet Franc and Merlot in an approximately 60:40 ratio, but also a little Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon here. A moderate density of hue; certainly not the darkest wine (I think that accolade fell to Pavie). The nose is stunning. It has style and elegance in abundance, with an exotic roasted cashew nut and dark fruit character, laid over some new oak. A fabulous palate, surprisingly approachable, but I think this is because it is so elegant and balanced. There are rich, rounded, dark fruits, with mineral notes. Ripe, supple tannins underpin it all. For me, this is undoubtedly the top wine of the tasting. Brilliant.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/5/2004 (link) 96 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Tart cherry, graphite nose with a touch of vanilla and oak; wow! great coffee, cherry, cassis, coffee palate with beautiful fruit, velvety tannins; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/21/2003 (link) 95 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Lovely berry, berry preserves, vanilla nose; berries, blackberries, plum, coffee palate, drinking well now; long finish 95+ pts. (55% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

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  • In Cellars 3360 (75%)
  • Consumed 843 (19%)

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