1988 Cheval Blanc

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£314.00 DP

Average critic rating : 90.0 points



The 1988 is more structured, less alcoholic and less intense than the 1989. It exhibits fine ripeness, and a cool, almost menthol, plummy bouquet intertwined with aromas of smoke and new oak. In the mouth, there are some aggressive tannins, but it does not possess the sheer drama of the 1989. It is a very good Cheval Blanc, but having tasted it numerous times in cask and bottle, I had expected it to be more impressive than it appears to be. Anticipated maturity: 1994-2005. Last tasted, 6/93. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate # 88



Berry, cherry and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a spicy, cedary, dark chocolate aftertaste. Very silky and caressing. Grabs your attention. Muscular for Cheval. Overlooked by many Cheval fans. '88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. 12,000 cases made.-James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2009

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Situated on the borders of St Emilion and Pomerol, almost with a foot in each, lies St Emilion’s most important estate, Cheval Blanc. It is classed as a Premier Grand Cru Classé “A” along with Châteaux Ausone , Angélus and Pavie . Not only is Cheval Blanc the most important St Emilion estate, it is the most famous Cabernet Franc based wine in the world: the vineyards of Cheval Blanc are planted to 57% Cheval Blanc, 39% Merlot, 3% Malbec and just 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Run by Pierre Lurton, who also runs the similarly brilliant Château d’Yquem , has produced some of the most iconic wines of Bordeaux. 1947 Cheval Blanc is a legend of the past, 2010 Cheval Blanc a legend for the future. Other top vintages for Cheval Blanc are 2009, 2005, 2000, 1990 and 1998, and the château arguably made the wine of the vintage in 2014.

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