An intense, deep color, black in the middle with purple glints on the rim. A powerful nose. Rich with luxuriant fruit and hints of eucalyptus and bay leaves. The Palate develops beautifully with finesse and complexity and very coated tannins that are in no way aggressive.
Probably the greatest Cheval Blanc of the second half o the 20th century. To lay down a long time.
"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."
"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. Drink 2010 through 2030.
International Wine Cellar
"This blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as classic aromas of menthol, plums, mulberries, and assorted black fruits. The oak, texture, acidity, and tannin are all beautifully integrated. While full-bodied, elegant, concentrated, and impeccably balanced, it requires several years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020."
The Wine Advocate