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1986 Château Cheval Blanc

  • 89 WA
  • 89 WS
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47387-1986-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

    Another wine that seems to have some youthful characteristics, a high level of tannin and a lack of succulence and substance may ultimately prove to produce a wine somewhat out of balance. The wine shows plum, fig, cherry, earthy, mineral notes and medium body, but the elevated tannins in the finish are distracting. Nevertheless, the wine has a youthfulness and vigor that make it far less evolved than its more seductive older siblings, the 1983 and 1985. Last tasted, 12/02.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 92

    At one time I thought the 1986 was better than the 1985, but the open-knit charm and currant exotic personality of the 1985 makes a more persuasive case for it than for the more reserved, tannic, and backward 1986. The 1986 still has a youthful dark ruby saturated color with no amber at the edge. The wine possesses a developing bouquet that offers up weedy tobacco, juxtaposed with sweet black berry, raspberry, and cherry fruit. The new oak that was so obvious in the wine's youth has moved to the background, offering more of a cedary character than raw wood. Medium to full-bodied, and moderately tannic, this is a delineated Cheval Blanc with more of a Medoc personality than typical St.-Emilion opulence. The wine is rich, intense, and well-made, but still requiring a few more years of bottle age. Last tested 12/97.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 89

    Not as good as expected. I have not tasted it for almost 10 years. Good ruby color. Aromas of leather, berry and horse. Slight raisin character. Full-bodied, with fine tannins. Somewhat pointed and dry. A bit rough. Where is it going?--Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    One of the finest 1986s I can remember. Pale/mid ruby. Very rich, sweet and subtle on the nose. So much more luscious than most 1986s. Round and supple. All that tannin has magically melted. Good bordeaux needs a very long time, children.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating:

    Closed, but refined. Will drink well in 10 years.
    Author: Joluk
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Pefectly aged cheval blanc still showing great fruit and the potential to age another 5 years. The '86 was dark, with minor amounts of brown around the rim. The dark cherry and cocoa flavors were followed by light oak, leather, and mineral notes. This was smooth as silk as the tannins were well recessed and each sip left you wanting more. Drink Now!
    Author: cloudon
Chateau Cheval Blanc, a 1er Grand Cru Classe (A), is the most renowned and sought-after producer in the St. Emilion appellation of Bordeaux. The estate's 37 hectares yield primarily Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with small percentages of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard soils consist of sand, clay and gravel; the clay soil lending opulence and the gravel more tannin structure to the wine. Cheval Blanc is characterized by aromatic complexity such as Asian spice and finesse that lasts through the finish. This Cabernet Franc-based blend has the staying power to age at least 10 to 50 years for the best vintages.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 883 bottles owned
  • 175 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 175 collectors)