Cheval Blanc 2002
Tasting Notes and Scores
Smoky, earthy, sweet red and black currant, fig, and menthol notes jump from the glass of this dark ruby/plum-hued, medium-weight Cheval Blanc. Possessing sweet tannin, medium body, and undeniable elegance as well as nobility, this beautifully made effort appears slightly superior (at least to my taste) to the more hyped 2003. Interestingly, yields were 27 hectoliters per hectare in 2002, and 30-31 hectoliters per hectare in 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.
90 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #158, April 2005)
It took 3 tries in the green harvest to make this magnificent Cheval which is more broody and backward on the nose than usual. But the palate has a wonderfully elegance, dense savory Cabernet France coming to the fore. Very rich, almost decadent at birth (in contrast to the stubborn L'Eglise-Clinet), this is a superb wine in an otherwise "iffy" St. Emilion vintage.
93-95 points – April 2003