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1921 Château Cheval Blanc
Red Bordeaux Blend
- > Bordeaux
- > Libournais
- > St. Émilion Grand Cru
Community Tasting Notes 6
January 3, 2008 - Consistant with previous tastings. A great bottle of wine, and a pleasure to drink.
Siggy wrote: (99 points)
January 2, 2008 - Tasting Group Dinner - Bordeaux at Heidi's (Heidi's, Minneapolis): Breathtaking stuff. Deep, stunningly youthful brilliant maroon. Fantastically expressive nose that unfolds with waves of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb, caramel, brown sugar, leather, graphite, smoke, tea, earth, and a zillion other flavors. Concentrated and intense, yet elegant and ethereally smooth on the mouth. The texture is like silk. Surprisingly, this improved steadily as it saw air, and came across as more youthful than the 62. One of the best wines I have ever had, and easily my WOTN. I would have guessed this was a 15-25 year old wine, not 87 years. This was a Vandermeulen bottle that Brad acquired from Acker, so we were all pretty confident that this was the real deal.
Dave Dalluge wrote: (99 points)
January 2, 2008 - Wednesdays at Heidi's: This was a Vandermeulen bottling courtesy of Brad England. It was double decanted just prior to leaving for the restaurant and then vacuum sealed. The color was a deep brick/rust red -- stunning for a wine of this age. It was darker than the 62 and almost as dark as the 86. The nose was nuanced and compelling -- featuring ripe red and black fruits, smoke, tobacco and much more. The taste was another step up in intensity delivering an enthralling blend of red fruit, blueberry, raspberry, carmel, brown sugar and more. Mouthcoating. Expansive. Oh so silky smooth. Amazingly youthful. Perfect finish. It's hard not to let the 86 year old label sway your experience, but this was truely a thrilling wine.
October 11, 2006 - Surprisingly light on the nose. But take a sip, and wow. Caramel, cheese, excellent on the palate. A great wine.
Jeff Leve wrote: (100 points)
March 15, 2006 - This incredibly, complex Bordeaux nose offered so many aromas, I’d have an easier time trying to count the holes in Albert Hall before I could name them all. But, the fireworks did not end with an amazing nose. The Port like syrupy texture of the wine gliding over your palate was surreal. The decadent wine continued gaining in the glass for several hours. This was positively riveting. Unfortunately, I will never be able to see what my 90 Cheval Blanc will taste like at 85, but I will never forget tasting this wine!
Pro Reviews 4
The World of Fine Wine
June 2008, Issue #20 (link)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By John Kapon
Bipin Cheval Weekend, 12/7/2007 95 points
(Cheval Blanc) The 1921 had cobwebs and tender red fruits in its nose, along with wax and leather. One could see it was very old, but this Nicolas bottle proved about as fresh as a 1921 could be. Very gamy with lots of delicious caramel flavors, the wine was round and old, tender with lots of leather and older flavors, graceful yet forceful
By John Kapon
Top 100 Weekend, Year III, 1/3/2007 98 points
(Cheval Blanc) a Nicolas bottling, which had a ‘wow’ nose with incredible concentration, red fruits galore and a vanilla sundae exotic quality. Long, smooth and tasty, the wine was obviously reconditioned and a touch on the young side, but it was classic Cheva! l on its long finish with great wintergreen edges and rich spices. Ray thought it might be ‘wine of the weekend,’ and it was a candidate although I found it a shred sweet but still Cheval all the way
- Vintage 1921
- 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
- Pending Delivery 2 (7%)
- In Cellars 19 (70%)
- Consumed 6 (22%)