Red

1981 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • dcwino wrote: (93 points)

    November 5, 2016 - 2016 Villa d’Este Wine Symposium - Kelly, Alan and Kevin's excellent adventure; 11/3/2016-11/12/2016 (Villa D’este, Lake Como, Piedmont, Milan and Frankfurt): Beautiful fully mature nose with excellent freshness, caramel, raspberry, a hint of green and mint and black truffle. Medium concentration, fully resolved harmonious palate, round and lovely silky finish. Sort of wine that you can sip all day. Beautiful claret.

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  • jeremy@hk Likes this wine: (92 points)

    October 21, 2016 - Double decanted for 1 hour. developed very nicely, but definitely would not last the whole night.

  • englishman's claret wrote: (90 points)

    April 1, 2016 - The good news is that this still smells like Cheval Blanc - damsons, chocolate, sage, mint. The bad news it that it has also taken on the autumnal notes of old age. Clearly would have been better 5 or 10 years ago though it still requires some air time to pull itself together. The palate is austere, the finish clipped.

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  • DrinkBordeaux wrote: (89 points)

    February 19, 2016 - Château Cheval Blanc vertical tasting dinner #1 (Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar): started out with a very off-putting nose; almost seemed to have some volatile acidity going on. This definitely improved after a couple of hours of air. Black currant, juniper berries, fresh herbs, musk, and Indian spices dominated the nose. It certainly had the most unique nose of the night. Stronger on the palate, with good depth. Velvety tannins that are nicely integrated. Fell short on the finish. Not a showstopper by any means, but a good showing considering the vintage. Would drink this relatively soon.

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  • Philippe_C wrote: (90 points)

    October 13, 2015 - Very evolved nose of ripe red pepers, wet underwood, black fruit... tannins presence, red pepers, licorice, average lenght

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2016, Issue #64, Comparing the 1981 Claret Vintage at Age Thirty-Five And the 1986 Bordeaux Vintage At Age Thirty, 7/1/2016

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  • By Jancis Robinson
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  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, Right Time, Right Bank (Originally April 2001, updated November 2003)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1981
  • 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 6 (2%)
  • In Cellars 243 (76%)
  • Consumed 70 (22%)

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