Red

1947 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • fclarity wrote: (96 points)

    May 22, 2016 - Tasted blind, I was told afterward that this bottle had a high to mid-shoulder fill. The wine had a deep red/purple center and some orange at the rim. The medium+ intensity nose of black cherries, cola, ginger, mint, and soil. It had a 100 point nose!

    In the mouth, the distinctive trait of this wine was its silky texture. It was amazing! It came across as refined as it danced over my tongue, yet it was also rich and had some acidity. This particular bottle also showed a touch of oxidation. It showed good, but not great, length. It was so refined you really needed to focus on it and any other flavors (like food or the '45 Mouton!) would easily deminish its impact.

    I doubt this wine will be getting any better but it is pretty great now! Drink up.

  • fclarity wrote: (95 points)

    March 5, 2016 - While this bottle was clearly authentic, I was a bit nervous about the low shoulder fill. This bottle had an immense amount of sediment and the cork was so dark it was almost impossible to read. At first, the high intensity nose showed oxidation and raisins like a Vin Santo. However, after extended air it exhibited cherries, fruitcake, high-toned vanilla, brown spices, and Provencal herb. By "high-toned" I mean that there was clearly excessive alcohol.

    In the mouth, the texture of this wine was stunning. The tannins were light and rounded and the fruit was abundant. However, the alcohol was so high it stuck out a little bit.

    This was a wild wine to taste and it certainly stretched one's taste buds. This wine's unctuous texture argued for a higher score but the wine's odd elements held it back. Did the bottle's low fill have an impact? Very enjoyable but drink up based on this bottle.

  • dream Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 3, 2016 - Most at the table thought this was a representative bottle although some said they've had slightly better from ex-chateau bottlings. I thought this was about what it should be given my two previous tastings. The nose is very much like vintage port with strong notes of coffee, sweet black raspberries and floral liquere. The palate is much the same and I'm not sure one could distinguish this blind from a top-flight, aged vintage port. There is an incredible violet essence here along with flavors of black currants and dark chocolate. It is rich and sumptuous but still with some underlying acidity and the finish is deeply concentrated and complex with further notes of coffee and oriental spices. Interesting, unique and I can see it's greatness but not really what I'm looking for when I drink aged Bordeaux. My firm belief now having tasted the wine 3 times is that it was probably a much better wine 20 years ago than it is today so I would only look for this now in large format. 95-

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  • cooberp Likes this wine: (93 points)

    February 25, 2016 - A 50-ml pour from an untouched, quite age-appropriate-looking bottle at 67 Pall Mall in London. They tried to Coravin it, but the cork sank in immediately. Totally transparent light brick color. Elegant but a touch reticent at the start, it opens with swirling and springs to life after 5-10 min. Mature, totally clean and harmonious aromas of soy sauce, earth, charcoal, petits fours, cinnamon, and baked red fruits/cherry pie. It's actually something like a Chateau Musar profile, but without any VA and much more regal--not remotely the heady, Port-like character I was expecting. The nose gives me the same sense of snuggling up to a fire in the winter I got from my epiphany 1983 vintage of this wine. The wine also displays an outstanding mouthfeel. It's got the old-wine viscosity and somehow you can still really feel the tannin, yet it's simultaneously impossibly lightweight, with the same perceived density as my adjacent glass of water.

    Unfortunately, the fireworks I was hoping for aren't there on the palate. For a wine that was famously left with residual sugar I don't taste any sweetness at all. There's a quick hit of flavor, but past the attack I'm left mainly tasting acid and alcohol. Who knows if this was real--it certainly tastes its purported age, but its character doesn't fit at all with other tasting notes on this wine. Then again, after 70 years, every bottle is different. The score is about as high as I can go for a wine on smell and texture alone.

  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: (96 points)

    February 24, 2016 - Raisin and wood notes on the nose with faint menthol on the backnose. Sweet dark cherry before one even tastes it. A deep and concentrated palate with bitter cherry, blackberry. Black raspberry syrup. Dark earth and coal dust after the midpalate. Notes of tea and dark chocolate on the finish. While not necessarily my preferred style of wine, an exceptional effort in all respects. Served with roasted squab.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1947
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

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