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Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Enthusiast, 94 Wine Spectator
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 90717
The 1998 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001
Cheval Blanc is distinguished by a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, typically in nearly equal proportions. The wines, capable of long aging, are praised for their classic style – powerful, complex, and above all, elegant.
This is certainly one of the stars of the vintage. With its solid tannins and dark, smoky character, it is going to be powerful, but with such elegance. The fruit flavors combine richness and freshness in fine harmony.
Barrel Sample: 95-97 Points
Intense aromas of tar, blackberry and wet earth, with just a hint of tobacco and flowers. Full-bodied, chewy and long. Extracted, yet turns caressing and velvety in texture. Broad-shouldered and muscular for this estate. This is better than the 2000.