Cheval Blanc

1982 Cheval Blanc Cheval Blanc

  • Classification:
    1er Grand Cru Classe A
  • Color:
    Red
  • Appellation:
    Saint Emillion
  • Volume:
    0.75L
  • Grape Type:
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
  • Packaging:
    Loose
  • Stock Location:
    France
  • Condition:
    2 stained label 1 low level
€850
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Wine Critics Notes:

Vinous - Score: 96 (2011 October)

(12.8% alcohol; 54 h/h): Amber-tinged red; based on other bottles I have tried, the color of this particular bottle seems slightly more evolved than usual. Penetrating aromas of strawberry jam, raspberry, red cherry, orange peel, flowers and minerals. Enters bright, dense and linear, with very pure flavors of red cherry, citrus, minerals, marzipan and subtle herbs. Finishes very long and pure, with a strong peppery note, a lingering coffee nuance, and chewy, mounting tannins. Complex and multilayered, this is a very impressive wine, magically combining fleshy depth and pure aromas and flavors without being overripe or heavy. I was told in the past by a local wine lover and expert that the 1982 Cheval Blanc actually contains 5% malbec in the final blend, but nobody can confirm this at the estate. The season began warm and dry during April, then turned very hot in July and very dry between August 10 and September 20. It was then hot again in September, with the harvest taking place between September 20 and October 2. Mid-flowering occurred on June 5 and mid-veraison on August 9. A very famous, much sought-after wine, the 1982 Cheval has often been scored 100 points by other wine critics. I'm not sure this bottle was quite up to that lofty standard, but it is undoubtedly a great wine.