95-100 / 100
95-100 / 100
In the shadow of the magnificent 1982 vintage, the 1983 vintage offers very great wines in red Bordeaux. A trend that is confirmed with this Château Cheval Blanc 1983, intense and very aromatic. On the palate, aromas of blackcurrant and anise slightly accentuate the sweetness of the wine. A classified growth of Saint Emilion which will seduce all lovers of old wines.
RAPET Les Vergelesses Tête de cuvée 1983
A classic example of Cheval Blanc's style, the 1983 continues to put on weight and develop favorably in the bottle. A saturated dark ruby color with some faint lightening at the edges exhibits less age than most right bank 1983s. The huge nose of mint, jammy black fruits, chocolate, and coffee is sensational, as well as surprisingly well-developed. The wine offers lusty, rich, unctuous fruit presented in a medium to full-bodied, low acid, concentrated, rather hedonistic style. There are no hard edges to be found, but there is plenty of tannin in the lush finish. Gorgeous for drinking now, this is a great Cheval Blanc that should continue to drink well, and possibly improve for another 20 years. The 1983 is far superior to anything Cheval Blanc has subsequently produced. It remains somewhat undervalued for its quality.
(3-1999) A giant of a wine. The complex aromas and thickly textured flavors range from plum and raisin to coffee, minerals and mint. Not so elegant as a typical Cheval; more in the mold of the powerful '47 and legendary '21.