Red

1998 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 99

  • Cailles Likes this wine: (97 points)

    March 1, 2017 - That was a surprise! I would never had expected this wine to be so incredibly young. Only some tiny hints of secondary aromas but still in a very fruity phase. Tannins with no hard edges, quite sweet, sweet red and especially blue fruit, very precise and pure - just amazing. In addition, some great Cab Franc herbal aromas (which showed up after 30 mins in the glass and disappeared after 2 hours). Despite decanting the wine for 2 hours before drinking, acidity was not in place at first but became more pleasant the longer the wine was in the glass. This wine will have a long live. If you have a few bottles, try one now (decant it for a few hours) - so good. But lay down the other bottles for a few years at it will only get better and better.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Limes Likes this wine: (100 points)

    December 26, 2016 - Excellent

  • cnichelson wrote: (96 points)

    December 17, 2016 - Drank alongside 96 Margaux, '00 leoville poyferre and '09 pale clement and double decanted chilled down right before drinking. Bottle was somewhat mishandled by me as I was in transit for a day or two. Absolutely stellar but next to the Margaux was a strong but clear second. Thanks to Jim walker of wine exchange for putting the lunch together and the other participants for their contributions ...no clear notes.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • SimonG wrote: (92 points)

    November 3, 2016 - St Emillion First Growths (Chez Bruce, London): Another big nose. Dense. Dark. A touch of mulberry. Very young and full. A pinch of dryness on the finish but this is far more together than the slightly volatile reductive bottle here a couple of years ago. Needs a long long time. (****)

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • valedeniro wrote: (97 points)

    October 15, 2016 - Double decanted 6 hours before drinking .... it's absolutely necessary ! Wonderful medium ruby colour.The nose shows amazing complex,pure and decadent aromas with candied cranberry,kirsch,rose petal,oriental spices and subtle "burgundian" minerality that reminds me of a great Volnay..... wow ! The palate is medium-bodied,elegant,concentrated,refined,impeccably balanced with impressive depth of fruit but with still slightly firm tannins on the very long finish.Nowhere near peak drinking window yet.Would try to open the next one in at least 5-6 years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson
    6/21/2016 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Ian D'Agata
    October 2011 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/26/2010 (link)

    (Ch Cheval Blanc St-Émilion) Subscribe to see review text.

The World of Fine Wine

  • June 2008, Issue #20 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/7/2008 (link)

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    12/10/2007 (link)

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

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    8/13/2007 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2002, IWC Issue #103 (link)

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    6/28/2002 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • 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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  • Pending Delivery 272 (5%)
  • In Cellars 4,410 (73%)
  • Consumed 1,348 (22%)

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