Red

1947 Château Cheval Blanc

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • tinybubbles Likes this wine: (96 points)

    September 2, 2017 - Soft spice and white pepper, raspberry and candied red plum. A softer and incrementally more spiced than my last. Very nice.

  • fclarity wrote: (94 points)

    June 4, 2017 - Tasted blind, I believe this bottle had a mid to low shoulder fill. It had a medium red center with light tan/yellow/clear rims. The high- intensity nose of sauteed cherries, brown sugar, fruitcake, and soil was somewhat spoiled by an oxidative note.

    This wine was a bit rough at first but mellowed nicely in the mouth. It had a creamy texture, light tannin, firm acidity and excellent length. It tasted like a hot year wine with extreme ripeness and a bit of excess alcohol.

    I don't think this bottle was treated particularly well but it wasn't clearly flawed either. This bottle certainly argued for drinking this wine as soon as possible. However, my guess is that bottles in pristine condition might last for decades.

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  • fclarity wrote: (96 points)

    May 22, 2016 - Tasted blind, I was told afterward that this bottle had a high to mid-shoulder fill. The wine had a deep red/purple center and some orange at the rim. The medium+ intensity nose of black cherries, cola, ginger, mint, and soil. It had a 100 point nose!

    In the mouth, the distinctive trait of this wine was its silky texture. It was amazing! It came across as refined as it danced over my tongue, yet it was also rich and had some acidity. This particular bottle also showed a touch of oxidation. It showed good, but not great, length. It was so refined you really needed to focus on it and any other flavors (like food or the '45 Mouton!) would easily deminish its impact.

    I doubt this wine will be getting any better but it is pretty great now! Drink up.

  • fclarity wrote: (95 points)

    March 5, 2016 - While this bottle was clearly authentic, I was a bit nervous about the low shoulder fill. This bottle had an immense amount of sediment and the cork was so dark it was almost impossible to read. At first, the high intensity nose showed oxidation and raisins like a Vin Santo. However, after extended air it exhibited cherries, fruitcake, high-toned vanilla, brown spices, and Provencal herb. By "high-toned" I mean that there was clearly excessive alcohol.

    In the mouth, the texture of this wine was stunning. The tannins were light and rounded and the fruit was abundant. However, the alcohol was so high it stuck out a little bit.

    This was a wild wine to taste and it certainly stretched one's taste buds. This wine's unctuous texture argued for a higher score but the wine's odd elements held it back. Did the bottle's low fill have an impact? Very enjoyable but drink up based on this bottle.

  • dream Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 3, 2016 - Most at the table thought this was a representative bottle although some said they've had slightly better from ex-chateau bottlings. I thought this was about what it should be given my two previous tastings. The nose is very much like vintage port with strong notes of coffee, sweet black raspberries and floral liquere. The palate is much the same and I'm not sure one could distinguish this blind from a top-flight, aged vintage port. There is an incredible violet essence here along with flavors of black currants and dark chocolate. It is rich and sumptuous but still with some underlying acidity and the finish is deeply concentrated and complex with further notes of coffee and oriental spices. Interesting, unique and I can see it's greatness but not really what I'm looking for when I drink aged Bordeaux. My firm belief now having tasted the wine 3 times is that it was probably a much better wine 20 years ago than it is today so I would only look for this now in large format. 95-

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Wine Definition

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

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