Red

1981 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • 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

  • Aenie wrote: (93 points)

    November 26, 2013 - after 2 hrs. like a ride horse run into forest , wide , cool and pure , cassis , in mouth is good , fruit is round and power

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  • Aenie Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 4, 2013 - colour is blink blink and clear, perfume with big bouquet, earth , skin saddle , branch and leaf , after 2 hrs. wine is show up , like gallop a horse in deciduous forest , wide and damp, long finish, peak , impress so much

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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 5 (2%)
  • In Cellars 210 (76%)
  • Consumed 61 (22%)

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