Where the 1945 represents sophistication, nuance and classic character, the 1947 is all about richness, robustness and succulence. Spring was delayed that year, which meant a late start to the growing season. Summer warmed up toward the autumn and the abundant sunshine ripened the grapes very quickly. Daytime temperatures ranged between 35-38° C. The crop was finally harvested in nearly tropical conditions, when a thunderstorm ravaged Bordeaux on 19-20 September.

Fortunately a large percentage of the grapes had already been harvested. The grapes were unusually hot during picking and volatile acids caused problems for many vineyards during fermentation. The end result was an absolutely extraordinary vintage, which turned out to be magnificent, particularly on the right bank and in Sauternes. Even young, these reds were exceptionally drinkable. Their life-cycle, on the other hand, has been surprisingly varied. The Pomerol and Saint-Émilion wines have proven superior to Médocs and Graves. The supreme wine of this vintage is most certainly the Château Cheval Blanc, which, in terms of mouthfeel, is perhaps the greatest wine of the entire 20th century. Why the Cheval Blanc was such an unparalleled success that year is something of a mystery. Unlike what happened to so many others, the Cheval Blanc didn’t suffer from excess volatile acids.


Everything from vineyard microclimate to production have been offered as explanations. Because the weather was unusually warm, there were no damp morning mists at the vineyards, which restricted the conditions conducive to the formation of natural yeasts that increase volatility.  The heat also killed natural yeasts and the quantity was generally less than normal. Fermentation was done in small concrete tanks, which provided effective insulation against the outside heat and kept temperatures sufficiently low, thus preventing the formation of  volatile acids. Another very interesting aspect of the Cheval Blanc’s production was its 5-10-year maturation in old barrels; this was due to the fact that new oak barrels were not available following the depression and war years. In all its glory, the 1947 Cheval Blanc caricatures modern winemaking as an incredible example of the pinnacles that can be reached with no help from technology.  In addition to the Cheval, the Pétrus and Lafleur are vintage gems. 

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1947 In most areas of consumer goods demand outstripped supply in the US and the British car makers took advantage of these shortages by exporting as many cars as they could to help boost British jobs and economy and many Americans liked the idiosyncrasies from these British cars like Austin, Hillman and MG's. This year saw some of the most significant inventions that would impact lives for many years to come including the Transistor and the Mobile Phone. The start of the Cold War which lasted close to 4 decades is also seen as the Worlds two Super Powers USA and USSR worry about the dominance, politics and influence of each other on the other countries in the world. And many couples started lives living with parents due to the continuing shortages in housing.



  • Everglades National Park is dedicated as a National Park by President Harry S. Truman


  • A major strike closes The Paris subway


  • 50 separate Forest fires in Maine and surrounding states destroy more than a two hundred thousand acres


  • Hurricane in southeast Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama - 51 killed


  • Earthquake in Chilean Andes - 233 dead


  • Severe Snow Storm Northeastern part of the United States


  • Severe Tornado strikes Woodward, Oklahoma killing 107


  • Polaroid Land Camera Demonstrated giving photos in 60 seconds


  • First Of The Dead Sea Scrolls Found in caves near Wadi Qumran


  • Following the creation of National Coal Board in 1946 Great Britain nationalises Coal mines


  • The four largest British rail companies Great Western Railway (GWR), the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the Southern Railway (SR) are taken over by the government and turned into the Nationalised British Railway.


  • Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth marries the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey, London.


  • The coldest temp in North America ( −63 °C )is recorded at Snag, Yukon, Canada



  • First "instant camera" Camera History shown
  • Saab produces its first automobile.
  • Goodrich Manufacturers first Tubeless Tyre
  • Howard Hughes Flying Boat ( The Spruce Goose ) takes off but will never go into production
  • The Transistor is invented
  • Walter Morrison invents the Frisbee.
  • ENIAC, one of the world's first digital computers, is turned on after a memory upgrade. It will remain in continuous operation until October 2, 1955.
  • The Sound Barrier Broken ( Traveling faster than Sound )
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The best wines of the 1947 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Château Suduiraut 98.0 Château Suduiraut Bordeaux, France
2 Château Margaux 98.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
3 Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Natur 98.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
4 Cheval Blanc 97.5 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
5 Krug Collection 97.5 Krug Champagne, France
6 Pétrus 97.1 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
7 Chateau La Tour Haut Brion 97.0 Château La Tour Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
8 La Mission Haut-Brion 97.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
9 Château L´Evangile 97.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France
10 Lafleur 96.7 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
11 La Mission Haut Brion 96.6 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
12 d'Yquem 96.3 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
13 L'Eglise-Clinet 96.2 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
14 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 96.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
15 Musigny 96.0 Pierre Ponnelle Burgundy, France
16 Montrachet 96.0 Henri Boillot Burgundy, France
17 Brut Millésime 96.0 Deutz Champagne, France
18 Clos des Lambrays 96.0 Domaine des Lambrays Burgundy, France
19 Château de Fargues 96.0 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
20 Château Mouton-Rothschild 96.0 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
21 Montrachet 95.8 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
22 Cheval Blanc 95.7 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
23 Vintage Port 95.5 Taylor's Douro, Portugal
24 Chambertin 95.5 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
25 Château Calon Ségur 95.3 Château Calon-Ségur Bordeaux, France
26 Niepoort Vintage 95.3 Niepoort Douro, Portugal
27 Musigny 95.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
28 Pétrus 95.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
29 Château Meyney 95.0 Château Meyney Bordeaux, France
30 Le Gay 95.0 Le Gay Bordeaux, France
31 Montrachet 95.0 Roland Thenevin Burgundy, France
32 Château Ausone 94.9 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
33 Château La Conseillante 94.8 Château La Conseillante Bordeaux, France
34 Richebourg 94.7 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
35 Pol Roger vintage 94.5 Pol Roger Champagne, France
36 Muscat Rosé 94.5 Massandra Crimea, Ukraine
37 Brut Impérial 94.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
38 Château Clinet 94.3 Château Clinet Bordeaux, France
39 Latour-à-Pomerol 94.3 Château Latour-à-Pomerol Bordeaux, France
40 Vina Real Gran Reserva 94.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
41 Chambertin 94.0 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
42 La Romanée 94.0 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Burgundy, France
43 Château Gruaud-Larose 94.0 Château Gruaud-Larose Bordeaux, France
44 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 94.0 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Bordeaux, France
45 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste 94.0 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Bordeaux, France
46 Lafleur 93.8 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
47 Château Laville Haut-Brion 93.7 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
48 Dom Pérignon 93.5 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
49 Clos Fourtet 93.5 Clos Fourtet Bordeaux, France
50 Musigny 93.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
51 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 93.0 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
52 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux 93.0 Domaine Huet Loire, France
53 Jacob’s Creek Barossa Tawny 93.0 Jacob's Creek South Australia, Australia
54 Château Gazin 93.0 Château Gazin Bordeaux, France
55 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 93.0 Lopez de Heredia Rioja, Spain
56 Anjou 93.0 Moulin Touchais Loire, France
57 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 93.0 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
58 Vintage 93.0 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, France
59 Château La Tour Blanche 93.0 Château La Tour Blanche Bordeaux, France
60 Chateau Lynch-Bages 93.0 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac, France
61 Château de Figeac 93.0 Château de Figeac Saint-Emilion, France
62 Château Margaux 92.7 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
63 Château Coutet 92.7 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
64 Chapelle Ausone 92.7 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
65 Vieux Chateau Certan 92.5 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
66 Château La Fleur-Pétrus 92.5 Château Lafleur-Pétrus Bordeaux, France
67 Unico 92.1 Bodegas Vega Sicilia Ribera el Duero, Spain
68 Domaine de Chevalier 92.0 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan, France
69 Chambolle Musigny V.V 92.0 Domaine Grivelet Burgundy, France
70 Château Guiraud 92.0 Château Guiraud Bordeaux, France
71 Léoville-Las Cases 92.0 Château Léoville-Las Cases Saint-Julien, France
72 Vintage Port 92.0 Sandeman Douro, Portugal
73 Château Latour 91.9 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
74 Marques de Riscal Reserva 91.8 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
75 La Tâche 91.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
76 Lafite-Rothschild 91.7 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
77 Pavie 91.5 Château Pavie Bordeaux, France
78 Meursault-Charmes 91.5 Van der Meulen Burgundy/Bordeaux, Belgium
79 Borgogno Barolo Riserva 91.5 Borgogno Piedmont, Italy
80 Montrose 91.5 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
81 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 91.4 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
82 Echézeaux 91.3 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
83 Trotanoy 91.0 Château Trotanoy Pomerol, France
84 Imperial Gran Reserva 91.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
85 Veuve Clicquot Brut 91.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
86 Château Palmer 91.0 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
87 Hospices de Beaune Pommard 91.0 Morin Burgundy, France
88 Romanée St. Vivant 91.0 Charles Noellat Burgundy, France
89 Château Haut-Brion 90.9 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
90 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou 90.8 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Bordeaux, France
91 Bredif Collection 90.3 Bredif Vouvray, France
92 Château Cos d'Estournel 90.2 Château Cos d'Estournel Bordeaux, France
93 Nuits-Saint-Georges 90.0 Roger Lafage Bourgogne, France
94 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 90.0 A. Levraice Burgundy, France
95 Vintage 90.0 Pommery Champagne, France
96 Vintage 90.0 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne, France
97 Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 89.8 Marqués de Riscal Rioja, Spain
98 Château Angelus 89.0 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
99 Cuvée Madame 89.0 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
100 Chablis 89.0 Roger Lafage Bourgogne, France


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