Château Cheval Blanc St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

$1049

Slightly light in colour than Ausone 1998 with a little more maturity on the rim. The nose is more extrovert than Ausone, opulent and fleshy, not dissimilar to a more cultured version of the La Mondotte. It develops further nuances of sloes and black plum with ten minutes in the glass. The palate is very impressive: wonderful structure, a forceful assertive Cheval Blanc with a tad more weight and depth than Ausone. Very harmonious on the finish, the merlot dominating, although you can tell that the Cabernet Franc is lurking in the sidelines waiting to take over from 2010. A great Cheval Blanc fulfilling all its initial promise. Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Casey Curbow Delectable Pro

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

This one ain’t coming ‘round again. Beautifully perfumed with earthen depth and elegant frame.

This one ain’t coming ‘round again. Beautifully perfumed with earthen depth and elegant frame.

9.3

Matt Lasater Delectable Pro

Gorgeous! Purity, length, complexity and harmonious structure throughout. Blown away by the freshness this had, from color to fruit character to energy on the palate. Carries the vintage well, structured yet showing incredible finesse right now. I don’t drink Bordeaux often, but damn when it hits, it hits in all the right spots. This will be even better with time IMO. What a wine

Gorgeous! Purity, length, complexity and harmonious structure throughout. Blown away by the freshness this had, from color to fruit character to energy on the palate. Carries the vintage well, structured yet showing incredible finesse right now. I don’t drink Bordeaux often, but damn when it hits, it hits in all the right spots. This will be even better with time IMO. What a wine

10

Bill Bender Delectable Pro

The Somm called this “rambunctious” and that’s a great descriptor. It’s half sexy sleek backless gown and half bull in a china shop. Chewy dark depth, sweet black fruit. New leather, rich soil and the sultry essence of Phoebe Cates circa ‘84. This is still ascending but much more substantial and open knit than the ‘90 tonight.

The Somm called this “rambunctious” and that’s a great descriptor. It’s half sexy sleek backless gown and half bull in a china shop. Chewy dark depth, sweet black fruit. New leather, rich soil and the sultry essence of Phoebe Cates circa ‘84. This is still ascending but much more substantial and open knit than the ‘90 tonight.

9.6

Shawn R Delectable Pro

I didn’t like it, I loved it!@Martin G Rivard @David L

I didn’t like it, I loved it!@Martin G Rivard @David L

9.6

Pam Starr Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Crocker & Starr Wines

Sooooo good. Super juicy!

Sooooo good. Super juicy!

9.5

Nick Davis Delectable Pro

This one still has many years left in its life!

This one still has many years left in its life!

9.6

Elizabeth Vianna Delectable Pro

Winemaker Chimney Rock Winery

A deeply moving wine. Floral, tea leaf, black fruit and gorgeous in the palate. Thank you Pierre Barthes for sharing this bottle with us.

A deeply moving wine. Floral, tea leaf, black fruit and gorgeous in the palate. Thank you Pierre Barthes for sharing this bottle with us.

10

Beau Carson Delectable Pro

Not even a classic vintage and this just blew my mind. Best wine I've ever tasted. From magnum.

Not even a classic vintage and this just blew my mind. Best wine I've ever tasted. From magnum.

10

Andy Wedge Delectable Pro

tons of burnt rubber, Italian herbs, animal, muted fruit, cassis and raspberry, massive tannin.

tons of burnt rubber, Italian herbs, animal, muted fruit, cassis and raspberry, massive tannin.

8.8

Justin Timsit, MS Delectable Pro

Wine Director, The Rittenhouse

Showing slightly austere with rapid aging. Signs of early oxidation and decaying fruit.

Showing slightly austere with rapid aging. Signs of early oxidation and decaying fruit.

8.7

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