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1998 Château Cheval Blanc

  • 100 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 95 JR
  • 96 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.
    Drink Dates: 2013+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Web Only - 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 1998 Cheval Blanc, a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, is deep garnet-brick in color and absolutely explodes with scents of exotic spices, incense, dried roses, cigar box and licorice, with a core of crème de cassis and dried cherries plus touches of black tea and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with rich, plushly textured fruit and then POW—it hits the mid-palate with an explosion of Chinese five spice and floral perfume sparks, leading to an epically long finish. This cannot fail to impress and can easily cellar for another 30 years or more.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2048
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
    Issue: Interim End of May 2018
  • 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
  • James Suckling | Rating: 96

    Aromas of rose petal and hints of fresh herbs such currant leaf. Tobacco, too. Medium body, very fine tannins and a balanced fruit. Extremely refined and polished. A beautiful harmony. So lovely now.
    Drink Dates: 2018+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    The 1998 Cheval Blanc has been a lauded wine ever since release. I have often, quite controversially felt that it never quite matched its startling performances in its first ten years, though it remains and excellent wine. Now at 20-years old it offers opulent, high-toned scents of maraschino cherry, iodine, crème de cassis, dried blood and a subtle, almost Provençal herb-like scent courtesy of the Cabernet Franc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip, showy compared to other vintages of Cheval Blanc with sappy red fruit and a fine structured that lends this 1998 focus. Perhaps this bottle did not quite deliver the intensity on the finish that I was expecting, "jogging" instead of "sprinting" over the finish line. That said, it is a very impressive wine, even if personally I would not put it amongst the very best wines that Pierre Lurton has overseen. Tasted at Cheval Blanc.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2045
    Author: Neal Martin
    Issue: May 2018
  • 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)