1st Vivino Int'l chapter in Singapore (Sat. afternoon), Part-1 (Bok's place): This was probably the "joker" of the afternoon. We had thought the HB was it; That the Lalande was it... Only to have it turned out amongst the last wines, but what a debut. A very seductive nose of sandalwood, plums, earth, cigar, spice. On the palate, aristocratic with flavours of cassis, smoke, more plums with red-dark fruits all delivered in a silky like satin package. Very very classy!
A lovely soft, seductive nose; creamy, touch of scent, red currants and a telltale sign of a touch of green pepper. Lovely fresh old claret, complete, a lovely freshness to it, understated, great balance between savoury and fruit. Very lovely.
This had a very angular peak. At about 3 hours, it was singing. Both before and after, it sunk a bit back into its shell. And this was a single owner bottle with a fill into the neck, so nothing particularly suspect had happened to the bottle before I pulled the cork. At its least appealing, this really did show quite a lot of Cabernet Franc. But at its best, that sort of thyme quality was cut by a lot of rich plum, cigar, and tobacco. I remember thinking that the 1989 I had a while back was a touch off, but this made me think that maybe I'm just particularly sensitive to cab franc green... A very good wine, but not generally one that imparted the kind of awe I was hoping.
Perhaps it speaks to my relative inexperience vs. Englishman's Claret but, this was absolutely among my Top 10 bottles ever. I've tasted respectable (or better) CB vintages about a handful of times, but this one was singularly unique. Marc decanted this for about an hour, and the nose yielded very little early on. Another 30 minutes later, I stuck my big nose in the glass and was blown away! Dark, deep, rich, and exotic: almost sexual for me. Both the bouquet and palate were almost indescribable in words. An ever-changing symphony of silky, layered red fruit, deep sweet plum flavor profile, and a beautiful long finish. I can tell he was slightly underwhelmed, given he bought it and was hoping for the stars and the moon! I can objectively state how much I appreciated this amazing bottle. Thank you, Marc!
Nose: perfumed ripe red fruit, cigar, tobacco, smoldering cedar and suave underlying orange/nectarine rind. Palate: Layers and layers of black cherry, currant, strawberry and cigar box. So much going on and each sip shows slightly different. Finish: perfume just penetrating on the finish with long lasting leather/wood, cigar and cherry notes.
This opened, tightened and then revealed more over about 3-hours. one of the very best Bordeaux that I have ever had. Thanks to Englishman's Claret again!
Drunk at the HK Club from Magnum - this was the unanimous wine of the night. Probably the most apt comment was you could imagine yourself sitting in the library with your grandfather drinking claret and this would be the wine. Earthy, cigar box, gentlemen's club (the St James's Street kind!) smells were prevalent. A harmonious blend of silky smooth tannins, acid and fruit. My sense is this is at its drinking plateau. I just hope its a long one!
Such a lovely and alluring wine with flavors of black fruits, licorice, violets and dark spices. Silky and smooth and quite mature, it is a medium-bodied Cheval and while delicious to drink tonight, it doesn't strike me as a profound vintage for this incredible wine as it lacks depth and the structure for continued aging. A gorgeous example of the terroir though and I'd drink this up soon. Beau Rivage, Geneva, 6/14
This is a TOP wine at its ultimate peak! Beautiful and luxurious bouquet with some earth and smoke. On the palate beautiful cassis, sweet spices, exclusive oak, some pleasant soft bell pepper (positive!, beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness. A very harmonious and elegant wine at its perfect peak. Don’t miss this moment! The wine will not improve anymore. Blind score of 98!
I enjoyed this even more than the last bottle. An absolutely superb nose of sweet red and black fruit, a bit of spice, secondary aromas of herbs, tobacco and coffee. Somehow this reminded me of the 90 Conseillante we had the week prior. Fabulous balance on the palate with sweet, silky mouth feel. A touch of smokiness. Long finish. This is just perfect today--I'm not sure it will improve much more.
1985 Bdx lunch (Caprice, Hong Kong): Inviting nose of the best burgundian type (cherry, strawberry etc) but with clear Cheval terroir (ash, tobacco). Gorgeous balance, like all the best 85s these days. A medium body, but wonderful feminine texture on the finish with a rich (not too long but fantastic). Evolution in the glass was fascinating. Unfortunately this bottle faded faster than my last - perhaps not a representative as the capsule was very 'loose'. Great wine, albeit a disappointing bottle.
splendide bouteille melant aromes tertiaire de sous bois, truffe liqueur de cassis avec une grande jeunesse malgré l'age. une grande fraicheur, des tannins tres soyeux et une longueur compotée incroyable du grand art
This bottle had a great nose. Well balanced, geting a brownish colour but still having tanins. It was the least pleasant of the bottles i drank so far due to a certain roughness. Will last for a couple more years
Dark garnet. Distinctive Cabernet Franc nose, secondary aroma Bordeaux bouquet style. Forest floor, wood, smoke, hints of dark fruits, very elegant. On the palate soft and velvety with still enough fruit to support the earthy style, soft tannins, medium body. Drink up now, peak probably already 5 years past.
2013 Wine Media Guild dinner (SD26, NYC): Fat, plush, warm, intoxicating nose offering blackcurrant, flower petals, earth, and cedar. Outstanding powdery mouthfeel coats every corner of the palate. Lingers after swallowing. No hard edges, nothing I'd like to see more or less of. Consensus WOTN in a stacked lineup. Made sure I was last to leave so I could help myself to the dregs of the bottle. Apparently I really, really love Cheval Blanc.
Inviting nose of the best burgundian type (cherry, strawberry etc) but with clear Cheval terroir (ash, tobacco). Gorgeous balance, like all the best 85s these days. A medium body, but wonderful feminine texture on the finish with a rich (not too long but fantastic) aftertaste of reserved power, with sweet finish. Would score this even higher if the taste matched the perfect nose. Only halfway through the bottle though, will see if it improves further during dinner. Note: decanted and poured straight away
Wine became thicker in subsequent hours with a very long mid-palate and gorgeous caramel mocha nose. A truely great wine, but drink in the next 5yrs. Upgrading a point to 98pts. Buy more.
Drank over 4 hours. Brillant wine. Nose of sweet red fruit, spice, smoke, wet earth and a nice streak of mint. The palate was fully open, bright and very silky, but with nice grip. Sexy. Long finish. Very complex and detailed.
Such a distinctive nose that is pure Cheval terroir. On the palate, this is silky and smooth without any hard edges. There are wonderfully flavors of black fruits, violets and earthy minerals and the finish is soft and very finely complex. A fully mature Cheval that is terroir-driven and a joy to drink now.
Chú Xī (除夕) Dinner at Home for Chinese New Year (Our House, Hong Kong): Semi-translucent, jewelled blood-red colour. Nose is gorgeously sultry and engaging....graphite...higher tones....strawberries.....gosh, that rare class of wine which resonates inside your head just from inhaling it. Palate is light-textured, silky, tart but rich strawberry fruit. It lacks the profound depth and richness of the 1988 Haut Brion we drank alongside but it has a beautiful character of iron fist in a velvet glove.....chiffonesque....so elegant....light and ethereal...superb resonance and length on the finale. Gorgeous...and in its perfect drinking window as best as I can judge.
A superb bottle. Cab Franc was really showing here -- lush, sexy, rounded, with hints of green pepper and raw meats. I found this to be one of the most elegant wines I have ever had. Amazing finish, sultry, a little cedar box, earth, and just so opulent. In comparison to the younger wines we drank this evening, this is that beautiful older woman that wants to show you the ropes... A true pleasure to drink with my family for Christmas.
This Cheval Blanc was a bit disappointing. fruit had dissipated and a bit thin. tannins still there but again somewhat disjointed. Has probably passed its prime and on the way down. if you have any bottles, drink them now.
At Troquet, Boston MA. Always a treat to savor a CB! Decanted from 750 for almost an hour as we eased into our main courses. This took nearly all that time to stretch its legs. Interestingly, the aromatics were a bit too shy/restrained - very soft cedar. Color is perfect, little/no bricking. This was simply very well balanced: soft, while firm. Lush and silky, full mouthfeel, yet (very surprisingly to me) not all that concentrated. I would err on the side of drinking this soon - i.e. I think the CT drinking window is pretty spot on. Drinking very well but, hard not to be slightly disappointed when a Grand Cru Chambertin steals the spot light away from your Cheval Blanc!
Notes from several bottles. Takes a good 1hr+ to get going and then it really opens up. Intense core of dark fruit, spice, earth, leather, tobacco and some floral notes emerge over time. Excellent concentration. Still plenty of life left. Silky and full in the mouth. Long finish to round out a perfectly balanced wine. This will hold for some time.
Initially Bret and barnyard with cherry and mushroom on the nose. Slight brick color on the edge, otherwise ruby red color. Smooth as silk on the palate with leathery cherry and some plum and licorice. Probably won't improve but should be about the same for a few more years.
Decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking at my 40th, Balzac, December 2010. Level high shoulder; cork in very good condition. Colour deep, clear crimson/garnet with slight browning at the edges. Wonderful nose of cinnamon, christmas cake, plums and blackberries. Palate to match: lush and inviting - beautiful black fruit, prunes, and raisins with a touch of earthiness. The finest and silkiest tannins I can imagine tying the whole package together. Huge and long finish. For me, WOTN.
Siggy's Anti-AFWE Bordeaux Tasting: Audouzed about 12 hours. The color is a beautiful dark ruby red. The nose is amazingly expressive, offering a blend of red fruit, tobacco and mineral along with some floral notes. Maybe a bit understated, but most exciting nonetheless. Even better on the palate with perfect balance, great weight and a freshness we had been missing from the first two Chevals. Extremely smooth and silky on the palate with expansive flavors of fresh red fruit (plum/cranberry) with some smoke and earthiness. Still some tannin present, but not obtrusive. Great, long finish. This is a most enjoyable wine that is showing great right now.
Breathed in bottle from noon for diner,cork in good condition, standstill for 5 days already, ruby color with pale at rim, nose is dull at beginning, after more than an hour strong cheery n berries comes out, good complexity with pears, vanilla, toast, mushrooms in different stage and finally strong cigar in the glass.
One of two bottles we tasted (the other was a 1983 Mouton Rothschild). Bottle opened by host, and I did not see cork, however saw a couple tiny pieces of cork on pouring and there was a very slight cedary/corky odour on pouring, which dissipated.
In comparison to the Mouton, the Cheval Blanc looked much younger, a ruby red with only a slight tawnyness within, and at the rim. Starting to show it's age, but with more life left in it. Certainly much darker in color than the Mouton, richer looking.
On the nose, much more going on than the Mouton. Strawberries, cherry, a little blackberry. A surprising amount of oak and charcoal. On the tongue, much more fruit than I expected, and certainly much more than the Mouton. A delight. Strawberry, cherry, quite a lot of oak, and a little leather. Let me stress this, LOADS of lovely fruit flavour, but VERy balanced and drinkable.
Only downside was an oxidised, metallic aftertaste. This lasted an hour or two, but did die down, making the wine smoother. I'm probably not yet experienced enough to understand why this was, but it was very apparent, and was a first for me - not having detected this in the 83 Mouton Rothschild, nor in the 82 Chateau La Lagune I opened recently. I would have rated this Cheval Blanc higher were it not for this.
Stellar aromatics and a palate presence that is pure silk and sex appeal. Incredible, velvet fruit caresses your palate in layer after layer of pleasure. Not the most concentrated vintage of Cheval Blanc. But so what? This wine is a treat for tasters seeking a sensuous drinking experience.
Drank this tonight out of Magnum with some specuak chef friends of mine. EVERYONE loved the wine -- the feminine and herbal notes; the smooth finish. A powerhouse? No, but seductive and so enjoyable as it continued to open in the glass throughout the meal. We double decanted it to boot!
I’m pretty sure that Cheval Blanc is indeed my favourite red Bordeaux. This was beautifully proportioned with an intoxicating bouquet of liquorice, sarsaparilla, white flowers, cassis and cedar. Again quite plump in the mouth with a lovely underlying thread of refreshing acidity. Very good length of flavour.
Nice medium(-) garnet. Nose of some rasberry, blackberry, (little sweaty sock funk), underbrush, leather, mild vegetal component. Classic medium medium medium, with smooth tannins, excellent balance and the undeniable elegance I would expect from this wine. Wonderful with the roast as it should be with any not overpwering red meat. I really enjoyed this wine, but for the price to me it's a pass.
The cork was not much stained but disintegrated during pull out.Aired 1-2 hours.Medium nose with barnyard,eucalyptus and dark fruit.Palate very smooth with bright red fruit,herbs,eucalyptus,slightly floral or perfumy notes and barnyard.Almost resolved tannins.Very elegant and savoury with a silky texture.One of the best clarets I´ve had.But I am not quite sure it is worth the awful price I paid for it.
The complex nose excites your senses, but, the opulent, sexy, suave, sophisticated mouth feel is the money shot. Other wines score higher technically, many wines are more concentrated, but few wines deliver as much on the hedonistic pleasure meter. You drink Cheval Blanc to experience the beautiful voluptuousness that is only found in Cheval Blanc.
Excellent. Left in bottle for about an hour with no decanting. Did not take detailed notes but this was the best of 3 bottles we drank in my view (other two were the 85 Leoville las Cases and the 83 Margaux).
Purchased from a restaurant wine list. Perfect cork. From the moment the cork was popped I could smell the wine. Intoxicating aromas of flint, mineral, spice, cocoa, tobacco and some tea leaf. Man oh man, this is one heck of a nose, just gorgeous. The palate is gorgeous, silky, resolved, a nice core of sweetness and with excellent persistence. There is a fairly strong vein of acidity that asserts itself throughout the night. A wine of pure femininity and finesse. Lacks the sheer power and more rustic sex appeal of the 1983 Cheval Blanc, but this is a suave, mature polished wine. Really darned nice from beginning to end. Consumed over the course of 2 hours.
My last bottle and unfortunate not nearly as good as the previous one. Still, it's a lovly drink; smooth, soft, good but not great fruit and finish. Very powerful scent of vanilla and baby powder at first, but this faded after a few minutes in the glass. (I had decanted it for about 2 hours.) A little anonymous as well. Enjoyable to be sure, though. Maybe overpowered by the slightly spicy tuna in cirtus ponzu sauce we had a Cafe Maxx for our anniversary.
1985 Cheval and 1990 Cheval. Continuing our Cheval theme of last night, tonight we had 90 and 85. The 85 was first. I continue to think that 85 bordeaux is drinking exceptionally well right now. The 85 was simply a pleasure, with the typical Cheval palate, and that something extra that I've enjoyed in recent 1985 Cheval's. The 90 was spectacular. I've had a lot of this wine, and in the late 90's it was my favorite Cheval. But I've had some less than perfect bottles over the years as well. This wine you could call a meal. It was chewy, each sip was a mouthful, and it had that caramel flavor that was so incredible. Its somewhat of a freak, I must say. But yummy.
A superbly layered, lifted, complex nose of tobacco, coffee, earth, liquorice, cherry, raspberry and fresh thyme and rosemary. Has an entrancing, completely seductive palate with flawless structure and balance. Brilliant, endless length. Somebody help me, I'm running out of superlatives. Well stored bottles that survive the cork lottery will surely live for decades.
Cheval Blanc with Brad England and Scott Manlin: Red color turning slightly orange at the rim. Amazing nose. Very earthy and exotic. The wine is medium bodied and balanced in the mouth. The taste is more earthy elements than fruit. The finish is very elegant (not tannic) and lingers nicely. This was retasted much later (after dinner) and was still showing strongly. A very enjoyable wine that is showing great right now.
Drank at Jackies, so the mustiness never blew completely off. Jacque didn’t like it because of that, but Steve and I enjoyed the underlying wine, which was elegant, but clearly at the end of it’s life. Don’t buy more.
This, the forgotten Cheval of its decade, is now magnificent and still improving. Based on this bottle, I believe it has overtaken the excellent '83, although not quite at the exalted level of the '82. Excellent deep ruby color with a trace of lightening at the meniscus. Marvellous waves of black cherry and dark plum assault the nose, topped off by intense "Cheval spice." Beautifully rounded and full on the palate even though technically only medium weight. Lingering focused finish. Secondary complexities are now developing, but this Cheval has many years to go. Nowhere else is Cab Franc and Merlot blended in such a savory way. Very impressive indeed.
Red core and light brown shade at the rim. Raspberry-like qualities in the bouquet. Also a mushroomy whiff. Seems green in flavour. The structure and definition is there, but this wine doesn’t have a seductive character, and in spite of decent complexity and length, this wine fails to leave more of an impression, than that of a decent wine, with acceptable levels of concentration.