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  • Country ranking ?

    982
  • Producer ranking ?

    41
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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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

1983 IS A RAINY YEAR MARKED
BY AN EXCEPTIONAL LATE SEASON
THAT HELPS THE VINTAGE

As far as weather is concerned, 1983 was nothing like the previous year.
Rainfall was very high on the whole, especially in April, May and August.
The region also saw widely varying temperatures – too low in May and too high in
August. The late summer finally reconciled man and nature, and September was superb while October was dry and exceptionally warm. The grapes were picked from 29th September to 8th October in very hot conditions.

As a result of all this, the vines got off to a particularly difficult start, with severe
attacks of downy mildew and black rot. The heavy rain in August only added to this
already awkward situation with outbreaks of botrytis emerging in places.
Luckily, the splendid weather in late summer dried the grapes out. Exceptionally
for the Bordeaux region, harvesting saw some concentration phenomena occurring with
a simultaneous increase in potential alcohol and acidity as some of the water evaporated.

A lovely dark, deep tile-red colour. The bouquet makes a powerful initial impression,
revealing intense meat and animal hints leading into underwood and humus aromas.
When the wine is swirled around the glass, sweet acacia blossom scents emerge,along with beeswax, plum, crystallised orange and cedar wood. The attack on the palate is full and very rounded, supported by the alcohol content giving a certain impression of mildness to this very smooth wine. There are hints of cashew nut and aniseed in the finish, which is tannic and of medium length.

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Vintage 1983

Bordeaux / If 1981 was forgotten after 1982, the 1983 was completely overshadowed by 1982, although the harvest was large and of high quality everywhere in Bordeaux. Too much humidity brought about by heavy rains impeded production in many places. In Margaux, some of the wines were even better than in 1982. For example, Château Margaux announced that their 1983 surpassed the 1982. One of the best-ever Palmers was Palmer 1983.

The best wine of the vintage was however Le Pin – no doubt. It is a real bargain, not only for quality, but also for price at 950 euro a bottle, compared with Le Pin 1982 at 4,500 euro in 2015. Cheval Blanc also succeeded fabulously. Yquem started a new ascent this year. Graves got hit by hail storm yielding a small crop and basically non-existent anymore.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Ruby red

nose

Youthful

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Medium-bodied, Round and Medium-Dry

Written Notes

Tasted in March 2021. Identical to the bottle tasted in February 2020. Strong and intense nose of raspberries, powerful on the palate, yet with great finesse and elegance, great complexity and depth. Really ringing the bell. 

  • 95p

Softer notes here, elegant charm, slightly subdued overall compared to its companions on the flight. Nevertheless, when you focus, there is much here to beguiled by. Plum, caramel and red berries on the nose. It opens awash in cherries and chocolate, then some menthol. There is great focus to the wine with lovely mouth perfume that emerges at and past the mid palate. There is a marvelous wick of acidity throughout. A gorgeous showing for the vintage, with smoke, coffee and Asian spices on an enchanting finish. 94 Points+

  • 94p
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

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