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1998 Château Cheval Blanc

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 96 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • 100 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47387-1998

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    ($265-$295) Full, bright medium ruby. Nose shows an almost liqueur-like ripeness, along with notes of bitter chocolate and menthol; a great expression of ripe but youthfully unevolved cabernet franc. Extremely dense and pure but still quite tight and showing a minty austerity. Wonderful acids give the wine superb clarity of flavor. This will require another decade to unfold. Finishes impressively persistent and juicy.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    Aromas of blueberry, sweet tobacco, leather and pipe tobacco turning to raisins and Christmas cake. What a wine. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a very well-integrated palate. Dark color. A big and powerful wine still. Blockbuster. Massive. Just a baby. - '88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2013. 8,330 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    I seriously underestimated this wine, as I have often tended to do with Cheval Blanc. A potentially immortal example that has gained significant weight since it has been bottled, this blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot has a saturated purple color and a glorious nose of menthol, plums, mulberries, new saddle leather, cocoa, and vanilla. Remarkably fuller-bodied than I ever remembered it young, with an amazingly seamless texture and tremendous concentration and extract, this full-bodied yet gorgeously pure and elegant wine is impeccably balanced and certainly one of the all-time great Cheval Blancs. If it continues to improve as much as it has over the last three years since bottling, this wine will certainly rival the 2000, 1990, and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030. Last tasted, 1/03.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating:

    Pierre Lurton prefers '98 to '00. He thinks 1998 is the single greatest Cheval Blanc of the second half of the 20th century. Much more intense and ripe than the 2001 on the nose. Slightly tarry and powdery. Smudgy and complex. Neat and sweet on the finish. Loganberries. Very flattering. Much denser and more youthful than the '01. Truly flamboyant.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 100

    This structured and powerful red is finally coming out its sleep. It shows intense aromas of dried fruits, mushrooms, forest floor and berries. It's full-bodied, very dense and velvety, and has an outstanding, ripe and richly fruity finish. A wine that harkens back to the legendary 1947 Cheval-Blanc. Drink or hold.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: dave1161
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

  • 1812 bottles owned
  • 222 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 222 collectors)