Château Cheval Blanc

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.5191 ratings
9.657 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
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9.6

The 1982 Cheval Blanc is a vintage that I have not drunk for a number of years, so this was a pertinent reminder of its pulchritude. It has a flat-out gorgeous bouquet with ebullient red fruit, warm bricks (terracotta), hints of liquorice and strawberry jam. It's the kind of bouquet that you could bathe in. The palate has a ripe entry, voluptuous yet exquisitely balanced, the Cabernet components of this Cheval Blanc quite expressed and more pronounced than I recall. Yet it's toying with you as it segues into a more Burgundy-like final third. Mercurial, sensual and riveting. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)

The 1982 Cheval Blanc is a vintage that I have not drunk for a number of years, so this was a pertinent reminder of its pulchritude. It has a flat-out gorgeous bouquet with ebullient red fruit, warm bricks (terracotta), hints of liquorice and strawberry jam. It's the kind of bouquet that you could bathe in. The palate has a ripe entry, voluptuous yet exquisitely balanced, the Cabernet components of this Cheval Blanc quite expressed and more pronounced than I recall. Yet it's toying with you as it segues into a more Burgundy-like final third. Mercurial, sensual and riveting. Tasted at the 1982 Dinner at Hatched. (Neal Martin, Vinous, September 2022)

Sep 30th, 2022
Conrad Green

Very pretty at the front… some structure. Minerality. Quite lean. Dried herbs., deep fruit. V good

Very pretty at the front… some structure. Minerality. Quite lean. Dried herbs., deep fruit. V good

May 25th, 2022
Nick Apone

1982 vintage.

1982 vintage.

Jan 22nd, 2021
Conrad Green

This is all kinds of sexy. Subtle velvety fruit with real texture and luxurious soft cherry fruit. Wonderful balance and clarity and a beautiful long finish. Great stuff.

This is all kinds of sexy. Subtle velvety fruit with real texture and luxurious soft cherry fruit. Wonderful balance and clarity and a beautiful long finish. Great stuff.

May 8th, 2019
Palmer Emmitt

Owner/Winemaker Judge Palmer

9.3

From magnum. Terrific.

From magnum. Terrific.

Jan 24th, 2019
Mike Smith

Owner/Winemaker Myriad Cellars

9.5

Magnum

Magnum

Jan 24th, 2019
Bill Bender

Unbelievable. This wine hit all the superlatives. Profound depth, seamless mid-palate, smooth lush finish. This may be a top 10 all time wine for me. Poise and class times infinity divided by epic.

Unbelievable. This wine hit all the superlatives. Profound depth, seamless mid-palate, smooth lush finish. This may be a top 10 all time wine for me. Poise and class times infinity divided by epic.

Apr 26th, 2018
Justin Bothur

Leftovers from a Thursday night at work; still powerful after 34 years! Very well integrated and so much finesse.

Leftovers from a Thursday night at work; still powerful after 34 years! Very well integrated and so much finesse.

Aug 18th, 2017
Mark Bright

Partner/Wine Director Saison Restaurant

9.6

Great condition and shape, fantastic truffle wine

Great condition and shape, fantastic truffle wine

1 person found it helpfulNov 1st, 2014
Mike Saviage

Amber red, clean and translucent. Fruity nose with notes of black currant, black fruits, mocha and some wood. Perfectly balanced in the mouth. Still feels young given its rich fruit. Long finish.

Amber red, clean and translucent. Fruity nose with notes of black currant, black fruits, mocha and some wood. Perfectly balanced in the mouth. Still feels young given its rich fruit. Long finish.

Jun 4th, 2017