1971 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 37

  • johnh1001 wrote: (95 points)

    June 23, 2017 - Perfect condition. Drank in St Emilion. Bright now of violet and red fruit. Fresh and pure on the palate with excellent grip. Perfect place right now and believe it will hold.

  • dchain Likes this wine: (94 points)

    April 1, 2017 - Light ruby. Lovely black tea (Pu'er) nose together with dry and fresh orange peel that you get in older Cheval Blanc. Medium weight, very Burundian in terms of mouth feel and sensation. Still has the power but such a delicate touch and stunning soil, plum, spice in the nose and palate. Really a wonderful bottle and probably the best I have had from my birth year.

  • boknan Likes this wine: (96 points)

    February 28, 2017 - CHAMPION OF '71

    This was the vintage that Judgment of Paris was chosen. In a friend's 40th birthday party born in 71, these 71 were served: Chasse Spleen, Mouton Baronne Philippe, Pichon Lalande, Cos d'Estournel, Leoville Las Cases and Mouton Rothschild.

    All the above wines were put to shame when Cheval Blanc 71 was served. Nose was eucalyptus, very minty and very tea leaves as well. Palate had two faces; left side it was very minty, soft and mellow. Right face was powerful and exotic tea leaves.

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  • BVal Likes this wine: (94 points)

    July 13, 2016 - Birthday and time for a cellar treasure . . . .

    Color: medium deep garnet core ->diffuse, fully garnet rim. Bouquet of cedar, tobacco, iron, leather, a little barnyard and a touch of mint. Silky smooth texture on the palate. Beef blood, cigar box, plums, forest floor and some smoke. Lovely, balanced wine with a long, lingering finish, this is still drinking elegantly. I enjoyed this tremendously over the course of 10 years from an auction lot of 8 bottles I purchased in the mid-90's. While it has lost some of the intensity it had back then, it is still singing beautifully. Enjoy now or soon unless lucky enough to find in larger formats (this was a 750ml).

  • DrinkBordeaux wrote: (97 points)

    February 26, 2016 - Château Cheval Blanc vertical tasting dinner #2 (Vienna Cafe & Wine Bar): Did not seem like a wine from Saint-Emilion. A really nice, layered nose. More balanced and even than the 1970. Lacks the Brett of the 1970. Minty. Floral. Herbal. Great fruit. Loved this. Medium plus finish. Never lost any life even after a few hours. Based on this bottle, it appears that this wine should still drink well for awhile. Picked WOTN by 7 of the 8 in attendance.

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  • By Jancis Robinson
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  • By Ian D'Agata
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    (Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.

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

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/3/2010 (link) 95 points

    (Château Cheval Blanc) Bricking dark red violet color; berry, spice, red currant nose; rich, youthful, baked berry, red currant, mineral, herbs palate, elegant and complex; medium-plus finish 95+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1971
  • 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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (2%)
  • In Cellars 183 (67%)
  • Consumed 87 (32%)

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