The 1998 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001
Château Cheval Blanc, the celebrated estate of St.-Émilion on the border of the Pomerol appellation in Bordeaux, is one of the two highest classified
properties in that commune.
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.
"Blackberry, mineral and lightly toasted oak. Subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet fruit character and ultrarefined tannins. Goes on and on. Gorgeous and seductive. Best after 2009."
"There have been more complete Cheval Blancs than this, but this 2003 does have power. Huge fruit, huge solid tannins, concentration - maybe some charm would create a better wine. 92-94"
"Good full, deep red. Sexy aromas of mocha, tobacco and milk chocolate, with a suggestion of roasted nuts. Suave, fine-grained and sappy, with lovely vinosity in the context of this heatwave vintage. Redcurrant and milk chocolate flavors linger impressively on the finish, which shows noteworthy energy and length, with sweet tannins. With its high percentage of 55% cabernet franc, this was very closed at the beginning, notes Berrouet, but is now "more human." But today I don't find enough complexity to merit an even higher score."
International Wine Cellar