The 1998 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001
Cheval Blanc is distinguished by a blend
of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, typically
in nearly equal proportions. The wines,
capable of long aging, are praised for
their classic style – powerful, complex,
and above all, elegant.
"This is certainly one of the stars of the vintage. With its solid tannins and dark, smoky character, it is going to be powerful, but with such elegance. The fruit flavors combine richness and freshness in fine harmony.
Barrel Sample: 95-97 Points"
"Intense aromas of tar, blackberry and wet earth, with just a hint of tobacco and flowers. Full-bodied, chewy and long. Extracted, yet turns caressing and velvety in texture. Broad-shouldered and muscular for this estate. This is better than the 2000."