August 15, 2019 - I know there are legendary bottles of this around, I remember one about 15 years ago, but this specific bottle was not showing its true depth. The fruit was ripe, generous, plummy, earthy, floral and leaf-filled. The texture offered depth, silk and an exotic mouth-feel, but the wine ended a bit too quickly. Still, any bottle of Cheval Blanc is more than a treat, and when you factor in that this was 70 years old, it was an amazing treat!
June 21, 2019 - In magnum.Not in good condition. The nose displayed a port-like nose which resembled the 47 Cheval Blanc I had earlier this year. Palate was funky, dirty and herbal.
June 1, 2019 - Cheval Blanc Vertical ‘Chez Elke’ (Hotel Hohenzollern, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler): Figs, balsamic, dried figs, mushrooms, a tad too much acidity
June 1, 2019 - Very turpid color. Interesting nose of button mushrooms and dried figs with a nice balance on the palate.
May 8, 2019 - From a 375ml popped & poured for my dear friend’s 70th DDLM. The real deal, a true wow wine. Unreal aromas of dried violets, forest floor, and dark spices. Smooth and rich dried succulent red fruits with unbelievable balance and length. Tannins are resolved, however nice acid backbone provides lively balance. A complete wine bordering on perfection. One of the true greats.
March 26, 2019 - An Evening of Vinous Merriment and Majesty Among Friends (Craft, New York): A phenomenal bottle. Amazing nose of smokiness and flint. Lots of fresh fruit and complexity. A slightly lighter body than the '45 and '47 tasted alongside.
February 16, 2019 - 47CB and Friends (3030 Ocean, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida): A recent purchase, level mid shoulder. It looks genuine. Upon removing the capsule, it revealed that the cork had fallen into the bottle. The liquid was brown. Powerful aroma of oxidized apple and cognac. I summoned up my courage and took a sip. It’s actually pretty good - for a mild cognac. Surprisingly, almost half the bottle was gone by the end of the night, so my guests were either very curious or just liked it anyway.
October 5, 2018 - Deep and rich. Could have used another decade in the bottle.
October 3, 2018 - Duos, Trios and Quartets Among Friends (Ai Fiori Restaurant, NYC): Lots of mint and menthol. Feels nearly over the hill but just holding it together.
October 3, 2018 - Not a perfect bottle of this wine as it seemed way more aged than my last taste of it. Nevertheless it was highly drinkable with a classic Cheval texture of plushness and silk. Lots of aged chocolate and coffee flavors with notes of cloves and minerals.