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1971 Château Cheval Blanc
Red Bordeaux Blend
- St. Émilion Grand Cru
Community Tasting Notes 33
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.
Wine_lvr wrote: (88 points)
December 20, 2015 - Cheval Blanc Vertical Tasting (Old Swiss House, Lucerne, Switzerland): Mature red. Nose showed Portwine notes and lots of wood. The wine is dominated by alcohol and dry tannins. One dimensional. Did not like it. Looking at other Cellartracker notes I expect that this was a bad bottle
Jeff Leve wrote: (91 points)
July 4, 2015 - Fully mature, with a ruby and tea color in its hue, the wine is silky smooth, soft, elegant and medium bodied. Focused on its secondary earthy, truffle, floral, cherry pipe tobacco, strawberry and red berry essence, there is no reason to wait for further development.2 people found this helpful Comment
thomasito2001 Likes this wine: (94 points)
April 1, 2015 - Surprisingly little evolved, this wine can probably still age and even uncoil a tad more since even though the palate is smooth and silky (very much Merlot-driven), the nose is still somewhat reticent and more Cabernet F. driven, with still some primary fruit notes and a metallic, dried blood tinge. Impressive energy for its age.
Pro Reviews 4
By Ian D'Agata
October 2011 (link)
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The World of Fine Wine
June 2008, Issue #20 (link)
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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.
- 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
- Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
- In Cellars 178 (67%)
- Consumed 86 (32%)
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