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1947 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
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  • > Libournais
  • > St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • aquacongas Likes this wine: (99 points)

    July 27, 2014 - One of the best wines I've ever had, dark rubin with orange reflexes, a lot of primary fruits as plums, cherries, very fresh, after 15 minutes more fruit compote, a hint of Tahiti vanilla, spices as cloves and fresh grounded black pepper, not intrusive , Tannins extremely smooth and silky, high density and still good acidity, never ending finish, I can't believe minimal oxidative signs, still 10-20 years ahead99+

  • bcd Likes this wine: (97 points)

    February 8, 2013 - Welcome to wine heaven! Still absolutely strong and present in the glass - great!

  • dream Likes this wine: (98 points)

    December 2, 2012 - A Weekend Of Aged First-Growths At Beau-Rivage in Geneva (Beau-Rivage Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland): The reason I went to Switzerland was to taste a perfect bottle of this wine and others assured me it was. Excellent deep color with an extraordinary nose of licorice, black spices and eucalyptus. On the palate, it really does drink like a fine port with incredibly sweet black fruits and an extensive array of spices - coriander, pepper, coffee, orange. Deeply round and ultra-smooth, it is a fat wine with absolutely no astringency and just goes down like velvet. An emotional experience to taste but such a unique and crazy wine that I found I preferred some of the more classically proportioned wines tonight. Still, an incredible joy to taste such a great bottle of this wine.

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  • sdr Likes this wine: (98 points)

    April 28, 2012 - I secured this bottle from "Wide World of Wine" in DC about 20 years ago and the condition was extraordinary, with an ullage just below the neck. Is it too good to be true? The cork was moist and very tight and crumbled immediately on extraction no matter what device I used. But the wine - well it was astonishingly youthful, seemingly 25 years old rather than 65. A huge blast of very sweet blueberry essence burst out of the decanter as soon as I started to pour it. The port analogy was obvious. But once in the glass, it settled down a bit and was merely intensely fruity but without the sweetness. The harmony was incredible with the tannin, acidity, violet, rose and raspberry all swirling about the glass. Relatively light weight but excellent length, long and unwavering to the whisper of a finish. This bottle was surely genuine, since Rudy and his ilk were still almost in diapers when I bought it and the incidence of fraudulent bottles then was much lower. Yet the youthfulness was astonishing, although it began its gentle descent after about an hour, yet still wonderful after 3 hours. Unforgettable.

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  • Dubie wrote: flawed

    November 22, 2010 - You know this is an amazing wine as, despite its corkedness, you could sense the black pepper driven power wanting to come through. Such a pity!

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Tasting of the Year, Part II, 8/17/2012 95 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The next wine was another super-concentrated wine that was earthy and a touch dirty in that diaper and band-aid direction. There were black fruits, and its dirty started becoming a good, nightclub dirty. The palate was rich and concentrated, a heavy wine with an ocean of fruit and penetrating acid. It was another wine of the century, a 1947 Cheval Blanc. It was also a reconditioned bottle. The wine was outstanding, but I remain convinced that this wine was at its best a little more than a decade ago (95).

  • By John Kapon
    The Virgin Palate Dinner/Merry Xmas, 12/22/2009 96 points

    (Cheval Blanc) A bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc made me stop and take notice, however, re-energizing me for the rest of the evening. The signature motor oil jumped out of the nose. Cassis and plum fruit were also present in this ‘elegant and ethereal’ wine, as Sir Robert eloquently pontificated. The finish was long and of roof –licking material, while spice and hints of fig rounded out its palate. Its acidity was quite noticeable, more so than any bottle of this that I can recently remember. While someone summed it up as ‘a real good bottle of ’47 Cheval,’ I still think the 1948 has recently surpassed it (96).

  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 10/4/2009 DQ points

    (Cheval Blanc) Unfortunately, a Jean Nony Negociant bottling of 1947 Cheval Blanc was corked (DQ).

  • By John Kapon
    Happy Birthday Hans Jorg, 10/7/2008 96+M points

    (Cheval Blanc) The obligatory magnum of 1947 Cheval Blanc followed. Oh, if you insist. The nose was coffee city; rich, concentrated and saucy. It, too, had excellent acidity and was very hearty, spicy and long. 1947 was a Right Bank year, after all. It became classically port-like with a little air time. Flavors of caramel, chocolate and motor oil were all there, and there was no doubting the quality of its intense grit, spice and spine. Walter, aka ‘Mr. Cheval Blanc,’ blessed the wine, so we knew we were good :) . The Ausone and Cheval were practically a dead heat, but in the end I preferred the Ausone. Walter then got up and proceeded to give a warm, heartfelt speech. Too bad it was in German lol (96+M).

  • By John Kapon
    Bipin Cheval Weekend, 12/7/2007 94 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The 1947 that I had during afternoon’s session was unfortunately a touch oxidized, with this burnt brown sugar quality to the nose, port like in its personality. Thick, long, spicy and rusty, this affected bottle was still drinkable and still excellent. The other bottle of ‘47 served that afternoon had much more rust and life, but I only got a small swallow, and the bottle that I was officially served was

  • By John Kapon
    Too Good and True, 11/18/2007 98 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The last wine on this already legendary night was one that I brought, albeit unintentionally. As I mentioned previously, it was a Bipin Cheval weekend. He had acquired a few select bottles from me, one of them being a 1947 Cheval Blanc. He had three bottles at the event and needed to open two. When I arrived for Saturday’s lunch, he quickly ushered me to the side and was very anxious about the bottle. The fill was too good (very top shoulder), the cork was depressed, he reasoned, although he quickly pointed out that this was what was said to him by a few observers. Like I said, everyone is now an expert. I told him, ‘look, if you are unsure, don’t open it, open the other two. No big deal.’ There were fifty people there, it was already very busy, so I didn’t even bother looking at the bottle. I knew that bottle was a great one, but that touch of paranoia had gotten the better of me on the spot, so I told him forget it rather than go look at the bottle with him again and reconfirm what I already knew. I had a taste of both bottles that were opened at the event, and they were both bordering on outstanding, in that 94-96 point zone, although one was a touch oxidized, just a touch. Unfortunately, the capsule on my bottle was already removed, so I could not return it, and I decided since Rudy has been the most generous person that I ever met, on this night I would return some of that generosity to him and open this third bottle of 1947. It was by far the best bottle of the three, and everything it was supposed to be and then some. Rusty ecstasy was the first descriptor that came to mind. It had incredible t ‘n a in its nose, and Gil observed, ‘black tea and port. This is what it’s supposed to be.’ Gil was also there at lunch and had both bottles. The signature motor oil, as well as pot pourri, was also in the nose. Gil went on to say that he thought it was ‘definitely fortified; it’s 5% port, that’s a fact.’ Hey now! He said it, not me J. Allspice rounded out the nose. The palate was thick, rich and port-like ecstasy, and its finish was so rusty and so spicy with that typical volatile acidity kick. Gil admired its concentration again, calling it almost Australian yet so amazing given the fact that it was sixty years old. This was as good a bottle as one could hope to have, so fresh, yet again so mature. Brown sugar flavors simmered in butter, and black currant spice abounded. I think that six to eight years ago the wine was still that 99/99+ points (New Year’s Eve 1999 never forgotten Craig and Corrine!), but now (98) is about as high as it gets. Old age catches up with us all. Rust, earth, motor oil, caramel, chocolate, Twix…I think that covers the rest of this incredible bottle…oh yeah, one more thing, it came from the ‘Golden Cellar.’

  • By John Kapon
    1947 Bordeaux, 6/13/2007 97 points

    (Cheval Blanc) The 1947 Cheval Blanc was rich and meaty with signature wintergreen, game and motor oil. It separated itself from the Pomerols and never looked back. Nut, mint, did I say wintergreen? Port-like, rich and superb, the Cheval was a great bottle of this wine

Wine Definition

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

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  • In Cellars 252 (76%)
  • Consumed 81 (24%)

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