Red

1988 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • > Bordeaux
  • > Libournais
  • > St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 38

  • Wine_lvr Likes this wine: (94 points)

    June 7, 2014 - 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.

  • redders Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 28, 2013 - Brittannia Group (Hix Mayfair): Ripe rich mineral slaty but great balance ripe long and firm. Terrific length . v fine

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • johnh1001 wrote: (94 points)

    November 16, 2013 - 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • gripNsip Likes this wine:

    November 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.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Ericsson wrote:

    August 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.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Ian D'Agata
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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Bipin Cheval Weekend, 12/7/2007 93 points

    (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’

  • By John Kapon
    State of Bordeaux, Day Two, 4/4/2006 93 points

    (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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/21/2003 (link) 90 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Prune, black fruit nose; black fruit, herbaceous, cedar palate, showing some age, lacking the complexity of our other CBs; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1988
  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (3%)
  • In Cellars 742 (86%)
  • Consumed 103 (12%)

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