Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A classy Cheval Blanc for the New Year

Florence is our long-time friend from Chicago, and she is lucky to sometimes receive wines from her father's expansive Bordeaux wine collection. As we were visiting her and her family for the New Year, she generously opened a 1994 Château Cheval-Blanc at the New Year's Eve dinner. We were very honored and tasted the wine religiously.

To tell the truth, we were a little bit disappointed by the wine, but to be fair, it rained heavily during the 1994 Bordeaux harvest and the 1994 vintage is lighter than most of the vintages that came after. The wine had a deep color with little sign of age and an appealing nose of spices and fruits. On the palate, it was medium-bodied, well balanced and elegant. The wine was delicious but we were expecting more concentration from such a famous Château.

Anyway, for us, it was still a memorable experience and we had a great time. Happy new year!

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