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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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Wine Information

1981, A VINTAGE WITH SOME FRESHNESS,
BUT ITS DEVELOPMENT WAS QUICK.

A moderately intense colour that is just starting to show signs of ageing.The bouquet is attractive with its fresh scents and a hint of eucalyptus. The attack on the palate is
supple, leading to underwood flavours.
The tannins are still present, and the finish has a slightly hard edge to it.This is a vintage to be enjoyed now.

There was a lot of rain early on in the year, continuing through until a particularly
wet month of May. The summer was dry and cool, however, except for a hotterthan-usual month of August. The cool summer conditions slowed down the grape ripening process, and harvesting
got off to a tart only on 1st October, although in excellent weather. The grapes
brought into the winery were of optimal ripeness levels, but yields were low at
no more than 25 ho/ha.

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Vintage 1981

Bordeaux 1981 /The small but high quality vintage of 1981 was overshadowed by superb 1982. The warm and dry weather started from flowering and kept up until September when occasional rains took place until the harvesting was completed in good conditions beginning of October.  Generally speaking the reds produced were elegant, moderately light–bodied and delicate wines in all appellations. The dry whites were moderate quality and Sauternes actually better that the next year 1982. Although this is often regarded as a modest year, a few good wines saw daylight. These include Margaux and Cheval Blanc. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

13 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Brick red

flavors

Blackcurrant, Vanilla, Toasty and Leather

taste

Low tannin, Balanced, Medium-bodied and Medium-Sweet

Written Notes

Tasted in November 2019. Delicate and sophisticated, freshness, elegant and long. Great complexity and long aftertaste. Just think what a wine it could be if rain didn't arrive during harvest. Anyway, we have excellent wine here.

  • 94p

Ruby, garnet rim. Leather, some mint, scented, lighter nose, tobacco, very mature nose, elegant. Some bell peppers. Fresh acidity, some tannins, lean palate, light body, bit short. 86

  • 86p

Medium-intense, mahogny red. Bit musty nose with wild earthy aromas. Medium-bodied, intense juicy on palate with touch of blackcurrants and leather. Good structure. Moderately long finish.

  • 87p
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

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