Opened an hour then decanted 30 minutes before serving and what a wine! Wonderful bouquet of dried floral, spice, dry currants and plums, subtle earthy tones, palate is smooth and elegant, yet so fresh, persistent and dynamic with a terrific complex finish that makes you want more and more........
Château Cheval Blanc vertical tasting dinner #1 (Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar): Moved in and out all night. When it was on, it was really on. Red fruits, some damp earth, cedar, herbs, and espresso. Moderate tannins. Some spiciness noted on the finish. Didn't put on much weight throughout the night. One of the most enchanting noses of the night. Still has some years left in the tank, but the inconsistency throughout the night leads me to wonder how long.
Dinner (Quince, San Francisco): Medium ruby with some bricking; elegant nose with some floral, earthy, very elegant, slight spice; palate is full bodied, integrated tannin, blackberry fruit; finish is medium length. Very nice and elegant, but I was expecting more cabernet franc green and a bit more aromatic conplexity. 91 With 30 minutes of air this developed great aromatic complexity with more spice, nutmeg, great complexity; palate is very nice and elegant. A step up from before. 92
A beautiful wine. Floral overtones on the nose. The wine had shed its tannins and it was quite soft with its fruit was in in perfect balance. Great long finish. This wine still has time. We drank it alongside an 89 Angelus matched with pheasant smothered in black truffles. The Angelus was every bit the equal of the Cheval. The two wines and the dish really complimented each other very well.
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(Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) A fascinating nose to this wine, which is now approaching the end of its second decade. Initially it showed some gamey and slightly mushroomy aromas, but then it opened out to reveal more complexity, with aromas of mint, salty rock and iron. It is certainly enticing! The palate is fresh, a touch fleshy with a nice texture to it, and although maturing nicely it is still in possession of some tannin and extract. This is a wine of fine substance, meaty and yet also stylish. A fabulous bottle.
(Chateau Cheval Blanc St Emilion) A good depth, with a quite mature hue. Rather green style here, with green pepper and green peppercorn, surprising characteristics from this vintage. Lots of mature, macerated fruit alongside. Full, slightly fleshy, more green peppercorn spice, with lovely structure. Ripe and silky tannins, and a delightful, soft, creamy, mature mouthfeel. This is very good wine indeed, and I think will improve with further time in the cellar.
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