Appellation: St Emilion, Bordeaux (1855 1er Cru Classe)
Important notes pertaining to this bottle (Please read before purchase. Refer to auction glossary for the abbreviations used): TS / CAP / DL / SSL
This wine comes from a private collector's cellar.
The beautiful colour is medium-deep and showing some bricking on the rim. The nose is remarkably powerful, concentrated, and complex with an elegant succession of truffle, crème caramel, and prune aromas, as well as a slight smokiness. When swirled in the glass, the bouquet goes on to reveal roasted overtones of coffee, cocoa, and chocolate overlaying spice (cinnamon) and praline. The wine starts out smooth, fresh and rich on the palate. It is rich, concentrated, round, and sinewy on the palate, but also fluid and in no way heavy. The velvety tannin is accompanied by flavors of cedar and blackcurrant, accompanied by blackberry and raspberry jam nuances that go into a very long aftertaste. Drinking window: 1995 - 2030.
"This stuck out in the blind tasting as the odd bottle out due to the high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend. It was more like Burgundy on the nose with sliced plums, strawberries and peaches that turn to tropical fruits and chocolate and flowers. It's full-bodied with a very round texture and velvety tannins. This is so approachable and enticing. Soft and voluptuous wine." - James Suckling, 97 pts
"The 1982 Chateau Cheval Blanc is fully mature at this point and there’s certainly no upside, although it should keep for a decade. Mature red and black fruits, cedary spices, leather, flowers and dried flowers all flow to a sweetly fruited, sexy, open knit and ready to go wine that has resolved tannin and a good finish." - Jeb Dunnuck, 94 pts