(1996 Vintage) 1982 was an exceptional year, where quantity and quality went hand in hand. Cheval Blanc 1982 is rich and full and is among the best vintages of the second half of the twentieth century.
WA100 Drink 2010-2040 Coming out of a relatively dormant state, this 2000 is a spectacular Cheval Blanc. Of recent vintages, I think only the 2009 can give it a run for its money. A blend of 53% Merlot and 47% Cabernet Franc, the wine has a sweet nose of menthol, melted licorice, boysenberry, blueberry, and cassis. A broad wine with compelling purity, a layered texture, and sweet tannin, with hints of coffee and earth in the background, this is by far the best Cheval Blanc since 1990 and before 2009. It is a legend in the making and can actually be drunk now, as the tannins have nearly melted away. This is a beauty with incredibly complex aromatics. Drink it over the next 25-30 years.
Robert Parker(1996 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/11/1999
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage)
Wine Advocate(1996 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) "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. 5,055 cases made."
Robert ParkerRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2006