1978 Cheval Blanc

The 1978 Cheval Blanc is simply magnificent. Exotic in its spice and tobacco-infused bouquet, the 1978 is captivating from the very first taste. The cold, late harvest produced a lighter style of Cheval with distinct Pinot and Nebbiolo-like leanings. In that sense, the 1978 is not at all a typical Cheval, and yet it is arrestingly beautiful just the same. Still bright and refreshing, with tons of Cabernet Franc character coming through, the 1978 is a real joy to taste and drink today. Well-stored bottles will drink well for another decade plus. What a gorgeous wine this is. 94/Drink: 2016-2026.

-- Antonio Galloni