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1971 Château Cheval Blanc
Red Bordeaux Blend
- St. Émilion Grand Cru
Community Tasting Notes 34
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.1 person found this helpful Comment
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 bottle1 person found this helpful Comment
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
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 4 (1%)
- In Cellars 178 (66%)
- Consumed 86 (32%)
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