Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998

Review of the Estate

Château Cheval Blanc (French for "White Horse Castle"), is a wine producer in Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France. As of 2012, its wine is one of only four to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine, along with Château Angélus, Château Ausone, and Château Pavie.

The estate's second wine is named Le Petit Cheval.                  

In 1832, Château Figeac sold 15 hectares/37 acres to M. Laussac-Fourcaud, including part of the narrow gravel ridge that runs through Figeac and neighbouring vineyards and reaches Château Pétrus just over the border in Pomerol. This became Château Cheval Blanc which, in the International London and Paris Exhibitions in 1862 and 1867, won medals still prominent on its labels. The château remained in the family until 1998, when it was sold to Bernard Arnault, chairman of luxury goods group LVMH, and Belgian businessman Albert Frère, with Pierre Lurton installed as estate manager, a constellation similar to that of the group's other chief property Château d'Yquem.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 100 acres

Grape Varieties: 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec

Average age of vines: 39 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 - 7,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 35 - 40 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years


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Robert Parker Cheval Blanc 1998 Review

Score: 98+ Points

I seriously underestimated this wine, as I have often tended to do with Cheval Blanc. A potentially immortal example that has gained significant weight since it has been bottled, this blend of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Merlot has a saturated purple color and a glorious nose of menthol, plums, mulberries, new saddle leather, cocoa, and vanilla. Remarkably fuller bodied than I ever remembered it young, with an amazingly seamless texture and tremendous concentration and extract, this full-bodied yet gorgeously pure and elegant wine is impeccably balanced and certainly one of the all-time great Cheval Blancs. If it continues to improve as much as it has over the last three years since bottling, this wine will certainly rival the 2000, 1990, and 1982. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2030.

Score: 98+ Robert Parker, The World's Greatest Wine Estates, November 2005

 

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com 

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
July 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Cheval Blanc 1998 £984 £1,440 £456 46.34%

Chateau Cheval Blanc Wine List

Cheval Blanc 1990 N/A Cheval Blanc 1992
Cheval Blanc 1993 Cheval Blanc 1994 Cheval Blanc 1995
Cheval Blanc 1996 Cheval Blanc 1997 Cheval Blanc 1998
Cheval Blanc 1999 Cheval Blanc 2000 Cheval Blanc 2001
Cheval Blanc 2002 Cheval Blanc 2003 Cheval Blanc 2004
Cheval Blanc 2005 Cheval Blanc 2006 Cheval Blanc 2007
Cheval Blanc 2008 Cheval Blanc 2009 Cheval Blanc 2010
Cheval Blanc 2011    

 

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