Great wine, great writing: the 1947 Cheval Blanc and Mike Steinberger


Mike Steinberger, who is one of the greatest wine writers on the planet, has a piece on Slate about his quest for 1947 Cheval Blanc (find this wine), which he calls “The Greatest Wine on the Planet.” Consider it essential reading: savor the story since the wine itself is much more elusive.

And if you didn’t catch it, last year Mike went on a quest for a $700 bottle of 1996 Coche-Dury Corton-Charlemagne.

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9 Responses to “Great wine, great writing: the 1947 Cheval Blanc and Mike Steinberger”

  1. I’ve tasted the 1947 Cheval Blanc and don’t agree that it’s the greatest wine on the planet–although it certainly comes very close.

    I tasted the Cheval Blanc at a large pre-auction tasting in the early 1990s and it didn’t even come in No. 1 (to me) at that tasting. As good as it was, the 1928 Palmer was even better.

    I doubt if there are many bottles of either around today. And if there were, I couldn’t afford them.

  2. Killer article, just killer. I’m not sure how I’d recover from having my palate that recalibrated…

  3. Interesting, Fred.

    And, 1winedude, you know what they say: once you’ve had Blanc, everything else is plonk.

  4. Thanks for the link to the Slate article. I was born the same year and haven’t aged as well in some ways.

  5. For a recent comparison of 1947 v. 1921 from more of a “seasoned taster’s” perspective as far as old Cheval goes, check out this “Parker Board” thread:
    published a few days before the Slate article.

    Mr. Rosania always has an interesting take on things, and has one of the more experienced consumer palates out there.

  6. Found this excerpt here and had to give my two cents. I happen to live in a very affluent town (they call it a city here) and there are many wine lovers. Being a writer with a publication, i am asked to go to certain events. One that i will never experience again is tasting 24 vintages of Cheval Blanc. I say “never” not because i don’t want to, but because it truly was a once in a lifetime experience. My scribble of notes is on my website which will be redesigned, hopefully soon. Regardless, if anyone wants to hear about the vintages, it’s there. And yes, this was from the host’s cellar.

  7. […] last week of vintage ports from the producer Croft. Their 1945 is something of a legend — no ‘47 Cheval Blanc but you get the idea. So when I heard it was being poured at a press event in Manhattan, I was […]

  8. I have tasted Petrus 1947 wich tasted rasberry with big power , and yquem 1921 wich was concentrated like honey with a strawberry taste . They are supposed to be the two best wine of the century . This is false as i have tasted many less famous old wine as good and sometimes far better .

  9. Can you tell me anything on a bottle of 1947 Bodegas Franco Aspanolas, Logrono, Monarch Wine Importers, Code K8647, Milton Skronkeim and co inc, Washington Dc. full bottle never been opened, still has mess around it. I am dumb to wines and want honesty on this. Thank you for your time. Wendy Brashears


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