Château Cheval Blanc Saint-Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classe
(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.
Wine SpectatorA lovely sanguine hint leads off, followed by racy, elegant juniper, tobacco, red currant and damson plum notes that move in unison. Broadens and deepens, adding notes of currant preserves, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco, with a swath of loamy structure. Yet even as the bass line increases in volume through the finish, this maintains purity and poise. Should deliver some stunning aromatics at peak, which will take awhile to achieve. Best from 2025 through 2045. 8,250 cases made.—J.M.