Chateau Cheval Blanc 1978 St. Emilion
12/95. Bought in auction Sep-95 for $80 (imported for $90 net).
Tonight for Friday night dinner with friends. Dinner consisted of pickled
quail eggs & eggplant, mushroom pie, roasted beef in its gravy with plain
rice, cheese assortment, zabaglione.
In-the-neck bottle with no signs of leakage, but the cork disintegrated and
fell in upon opening. Had to be decanted through a muslin cloth.
COLOR: Deep garnet red, beautiful spectral hues, then sudden loss of color just
by the rim.
NOSE: Very developed 'old Bordeaux' nose. Black cassis-like fruit. Contrasting
bouquet of both floral and musky spicy tones. Very dominant, yet not really
TASTE: 'Interesting' taste that requires some getting used to. Very
concentrated and complex on the palate. Some tiredness is felt due to lack of
acidity, but tannins still abound, especially at the finish. Blackcurrents and
sweet plums are definitely felt.
LENGTH: Extremely long and sweetish aftertaste that continue to develop in the
mouth after the tannic finish subside.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium bodied. Lacy if a bit tired texture. Fruit is there,
though not enough acidity to give a feeling of vigor. Enough tannins for the
present state to have a long life ahead.
OVERALL: A superb wine no doubt, very complex and intriguing. Yet my
inexperienced Bordeaux palate was expecting more from this world-class wine.
MARK: 18/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.
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