"- June 2000 - Revealing considerable amber in its dark plum/garnet color, this intensely fragrant 1982 is somewhat of a paradox in that the front end suggests full maturity, but the mid-palate, finish, and overall texture denote a closed wine.
A gorgeously sweet entry displays flavors of caramel, roasted coffee, jammy red and black fruits, coconut, and smoke. It is fat and full-bodied, with considerable tannin, structure, and muscle in the finish. Flamboyantly rich and precocious early in life, it is going through an awkward stage where the tannin is present, but it is also sexy, juicy, and formidably-structured. When the 1982 Cheval Blanc's component parts become totally in sync, it will be capable of meriting a three-digit rating. Anticipated maturity: now (?)-2015.
- Dec 95 - This wine has proven to be one of Bordeaux's modern day legends. Absolutely spectacular for its first 7-8 years after bottling, the wine has gradually begun to reveal more delineation, structure, and tannin. In 1995, the wine appears even younger than it did 5-6 years ago! It exhibits a thick, opaque garnet color with light amber at the edge. The nose, which was ostentatious earlier in its life, still offers up significant amounts of roasted fruit, coffee, melted chocolate, and decadently rich, sweet black fruits. This is an exotic full-bodied, moderately tannic, massive example of Cheval Blanc noted for its sheer opulence and intensity. However, I find the wine more structured and delineated today than it was a half dozen years ago. It appears ready for a long evolution. I originally felt that the wine would be fully mature by 1993, but it now appears to require another 4-5 years to hit its plateau of maturity, where it should remain for 20+ years . The only question millionaire collectors should ask about the 1982, is whether the 1990 will rival it? Both are awesome wines! Tasted 23 times since bottling with consistent notes.
- Aug 93 - For me, this remains the greatest Cheval Blanc produced after the 1949 and 1947. It is no longer as dramatic as it was during its first four years after bottling. Between 1985 and 1989, the 1982 Cheval Blanc and 1982 Pichon-Lalande were the favorites to win any blind tasting of this vintage. It has closed and is displaying considerable structure and potential for extended longevity. The dense, saturated, nearly opaque dark ruby/garnet color reveals no lightening at the edges. The wine has a thick, port-like viscosity to its texture. The nose is more subdued, yet still offers those fragrant aromas of vanillin and lavishly sweet berry fruit intermingled with aromas of roasted meats, soy, and herbs. For the first time, this wine's high level of tannin is noticeable. This full-bodied, super-rich, brilliantly rendered wine still has as its hallmark layer upon layer of creamy fruit that offers a compelling glassful of wine. It appears to be at least 3-5 years from blossoming once again, although I cannot argue with anyone consuming it now. If you did not catch it in its youthful glory between 1984 and 1989, I would advise sitting on it until the late nineties and enjoying it over the following twenty years. Last tasted, 6/93."