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  • Country ranking ?

    681
  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Rabbit casseroles with a fruity element

This was an outstanding year, where quality went hand in hand with quantity. 1982 Cheval Blanc is rich and complete. It is one of the finest vintages in the latter half of the 20th century​.

The early part of the growing season was mild and moderately wet. April, on the other hand, was particularly dry. The hallmarks of the vintage are the hot month of July and the drought conditions from the 10th of August to the 20th of September.  A heatwave occurred after the 10th of September that was conducive to ripening.

1982 was an early-maturing year, with mid-flowering taking place on the 5th of June and mid-véraison on the 9th of August. The harvest started on the 20th of September, and picking went on until the 2nd of October. As is often the case in Bordeaux, a great vintage (grapes in perfect condition, high sugar levels) went hand-in-hand with above-average quantity. 

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The Story

Whether by design or by pure chance, there are in the world exceptional places. Cheval Blanc is one of these. Combining a unique soil with a symbiotic mix of grape varieties, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Cheval Blanc produces a wine, which has the rare quality of being good at any age. It is without doubt one of the most consistent wines in the world. Cheval Blanc's unique identity is due to its varied soils, early-ripening microclimate, the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard, and the close proximity of the finest wines of Pomerol.

Château Cheval Blanc has the rare ability to be good at whatever age. It is enjoyable young or as much as a century old in certain vintages. However, a great wine only reveals its full potential and all its subtle nuances after several years in bottle. It takes time to show its true colours and before reaching its peak. Every vintage of Cheval Blanc is made according to the traditional philosophy that great wine needs to age.
It should nevertheless be said that wines with ageing potential go through several periods, and that each one has its own type of attractiveness. This is all part of Château Cheval Blanc's fascinating complexity. Three different bottles of Cheval Blanc from the same vintage drunk at five, twenty, and forty years of age will each show a different facet of the same wine, variations on the same lovely theme. A bottle of fine wine meant to age is like a library of flavours that develop throughout its existence.
Wine is a "cultural" beverage that is very much alive and develops countless nuances over time. That is why this long waiting period needs to be respected. It is crucial to the wine's evolution, so that it can deliver its very best.

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Vintage 1982

The 1982 one of the great vintages of the last century.The weather was beneficial to producers throughout the growing season but what made the vintage outstanding was the exceptionally warm weather that Bordeaux enjoyed in September, with average temperatures ranging between 29-40 degrees. This produced a huge crop of wines of exceptional richness and ripeness, with some wines possessing an almost Californian- like character.

The Merlot-based wines of Pomerol and St-Emilion are outstanding, with Pétrus producing one of it finest ever wines. In the MédocPauillac and St-Julien were the most successful communes, withMouton Rothschild and Latour being arguably the 2 finest wines. Most 82s are drinking well now, although the 1st Growths will benefit from further cellaring.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

21 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long, Round and Flavorful

flavors

Blackcurrant, Coffee and Mineral

nose

Mature

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Complex, Concentrated, Well-structured, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Ripe, Firm, Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

The 1982 Cheval Blanc was more reserved. It was dustier and lighter than expected, as the Canon stole the show. There was great intrigue and subtlety to its aromatics. This, too, was smooth and long, and it continued to improve and flex more and more. Omar hailed Cheval as the ‘one-third wine.’ It is right next to Pomerol, its gravelly soil is reminiscent of Graves, yet it is St. Emilion, of course. Ultimately, I gave it the same score as the Canon, but the Canon was more enjoyable today (95).
  • 95p
This remarkable vintage ideally ripened the exceptional blend for Cheval Blanc. The blend had 60% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec. This blend produced a wine with an intensive cherry-red colour and an extremely elegant and charming complex nose of chocolate, mocha, ripe blackcurrants and hints of butterscotch. The medium-bodied palate is very delicate and classy but concentrated. A chewy wine with vivid acidity and minerality, intense fruitiness supported by firm and ripe tannins. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavours dominate in the long finish. The immense concentration and the harmonious balance guarantee long ageing potential for this lovely wine.
  • 96p

Dark and dense in color. A rich and expressive nose of leather, smoke and forest floor, a nice full palate entry with some exotic earthy notes swirling around a rich cassis core, mellowing out and thinning a bit in the finish, this wine started beautifully-then the thinning and slightly drying finish disappointed. I thought this might be “the one”, the wine of the night…it got to the brink but fell short. Maybe 5 years ago? Parker effusively praised this wine, giving it a 98 on release and then re-rating it 100 in a later tasting. Our bottle was very good, but not at that level. My score: 91.

  • 91p

Information

Origin

Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass Time

1h

Drinking Temperature

16

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91p
 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

Dark and dense in color. A rich and expressive nose of leather, smoke and forest floor, a nice full palate entry with some exotic earthy notes swirling around a rich cassis core, mellowing out and thinning a bit in the finish, this wine started beautifully-then the thinning and slightly drying finish disappointed. I thought this might be “the one”, the wine of the night…it got to the brink but fell short. Maybe 5 years ago? Parker effusively praised this wine, giving it a 98 on release and then re-rating it 100 in a later tasting. Our bottle was very good, but not at that level. My score: 91.

6m 8d ago

99p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"For years, as with Margaux, the 1983 seemed the better wine. For the last two years, on numerous showings, the Cheval 1982 has seemed to grow in stature and to be flourishing. The aromatics stop you in your tracks at the outset. You have violets, raspberries, orange peel, dark chocolate and espresso, all regaling you harmoniously with their enticements. It opens with red cherry, citrus, some marzipan, wonderful minerality, and throughout this hedonistic wine there is great balance and elegance. Kirsch and red cherries are evident at the mid palate, a gentle acidity laps away at the silky tannic core. The finish is stunning, beautiful concentrated fruit, some coffee and peppers in the remarkable mix, long, pure and complex. This is a great wine, with much life ahead. 99 Points+"

1y 1m ago

99p
 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"1982 Château Cheval Blanc
This famous Bordeaux vintage is unique in that it combined outstanding quality with well–above average yields: Cheval Blanc harvested at 54hl/ha, and 150,000 bottles (rather than the usual 80–100,000) were produced – “Incroyable!”, exclaimed Lurton. Remarkably – considering the difference in age – this has the same depth and shade of colour as the 1989. The initial impression is of a wine that is too mature, recalling Lurton’s comments on the 1989, but with time and aeration the 1982 opened up into a spectacularly complex nose of truffles and chocolate and much more besides. The extraordinarily rich and exotic concentration of flavour is kept in check by the fresh acidity. For Coates, this wine displayed the “extra dignity” of a perfectly mature wine. This is magnificent stuff, a great wine at the height of its powers, but prone to bottle variation – a bottle tasted in November 2004 was thin and dried out, and a shadow of the wine tasted here. For many of the assembled tasters, this was the wine of the day, though the brilliant (and still youthful) 1998 might surpass even this... Lurton also recounted a story about a well–known American wine critic who visited Cheval Blanc to taste the 1982 shortly after its conception. The critic’s subsequent published score (his first for this wine) was unusually low, but Lurton believed that this might have had something to do with the critic having been assaulted upon arrival by the château’s dog. For the great 1982 Cheval Blanc, then, caveat emptor – and cave canem. 99"

1y 2m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"The 1982 Cheval Blanc was more reserved. It was dustier and lighter than expected, as the Canon stole the show. There was great intrigue and subtlety to its aromatics. This, too, was smooth and long, and it continued to improve and flex more and more. Omar hailed Cheval as the ‘one-third wine.’ It is right next to Pomerol, its gravelly soil is reminiscent of Graves, yet it is St. Emilion, of course. Ultimately, I gave it the same score as the Canon, but the Canon was more enjoyable today (95)."

2y 2m ago

95p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

","Plums, dried fruits, spices, herbs, nicely balanced. Long finish.""

2y 3m ago

96p
 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"Bright ruby color with light amber at the edge - really quite pale looking. It exhibits a thick, opaque garnet. The nose gives a significant amounts of roasted fruit, coffee, melted chocolate, and decadently rich, sweet black fruits very warm and rich on the front palate with a slight lack of focus. The finish is drying out a little. Definitely on the way down.- it would be a lovely drink in isolation but with the present company a smaller wine than expected."

2y 5m ago

96p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"This remarkable vintage ideally ripened the exceptional blend for Cheval Blanc. The blend had 60% Cabernet Franc, 34% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec.
This blend produced a wine with an intensive cherry-red colour and an extremely elegant and charming complex nose of chocolate, mocha, ripe blackcurrants and hints of butterscotch. The medium-bodied palate is very delicate and classy but concentrated. A chewy wine with vivid acidity and minerality, intense fruitiness supported by firm and ripe tannins. Roasted coffee and chocolate flavours dominate in the long finish. The immense concentration and the harmonious balance guarantee long ageing potential for this lovely wine.
"

2y 5m ago

98p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Cheval Blanc 1982  ( Château Cheval Blanc )

"!952 Cheval is still suberb wine. It must be the best price-quality ratio Cheval Blanc that can be found. The vintage was very good overall in Bordeaux, but especially on the Right Bank. A warm spring and hot summer from June until the end of August ensured good vegetative growth to the vines. Only the cold September ruined the dreams of outstanding quality. This wine has been always delicious when tasted. The deep, clear brick-red colour already indicates the richness of the wine. The powerful yet elegant nose reveals ripe dark fruits: mainly blackcurrants, with dark chocolate, coffee and spices. Almost full-bodied taste, it is very opulent and fleshy with a velvety texture. The tannins are gentle but firm and the finish is very balanced. The wine is drinking perfectly now but has the qualities to keep for another decade. But why wait, since it definitely will not improve any further."

4y 8m ago

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