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    252
  • Producer ranking ?

    12
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Onions and Mushroom Quinoa

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The year 1945 has suffered some heterogeneity. Some bottles have never quit a too high volatile acidity for the wine to be pleasant on the palate.

However, other bottles, well preserved for seventy years, offer a remarkably rich wine, opulent, silky and typically Cheval Blanc. Exceptionally concentrated, however sustained by a fairly right tension, Cheval Blanc 1945 is perfectly balanced, the sign of a great wine that has unfortunately suffered some very delicate winemaking in a year of serious technical and material insecurity.

In a still deeply dark dress, it exhales a nose of great sweetness accompanied by complex notes of red fruit jam and tobacco, and more surprising notes of anise and straw.
In the mouth it is a full wine, silky and powerful, which opens onto an impassive impression of serenity.

As Cheval Blanc 1947 and 1948, it is characterized by roasted notes and resembles a great vintage Port, but unlike his glorious contemporaries, 1945 ends a little more quickly and harshly. This is a great wine carried by a remarkable freshness and exalted by his generous body.

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The Story

Whether by design or by pure chance, there are in the world exceptional places. Cheval Blanc is one of these. Combining a unique soil with a symbiotic mix of grape varieties, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, Cheval Blanc produces a wine, which has the rare quality of being good at any age. It is without doubt one of the most consistent wines in the world. Cheval Blanc's unique identity is due to its varied soils, early-ripening microclimate, the percentage of Cabernet Franc in the vineyard, and the close proximity of the finest wines of Pomerol.

Château Cheval Blanc has the rare ability to be good at whatever age. It is enjoyable young or as much as a century old in certain vintages. However, a great wine only reveals its full potential and all its subtle nuances after several years in bottle. It takes time to show its true colours and before reaching its peak. Every vintage of Cheval Blanc is made according to the traditional philosophy that great wine needs to age.
It should nevertheless be said that wines with ageing potential go through several periods, and that each one has its own type of attractiveness. This is all part of Château Cheval Blanc's fascinating complexity. Three different bottles of Cheval Blanc from the same vintage drunk at five, twenty, and forty years of age will each show a different facet of the same wine, variations on the same lovely theme. A bottle of fine wine meant to age is like a library of flavours that develop throughout its existence.
Wine is a "cultural" beverage that is very much alive and develops countless nuances over time. That is why this long waiting period needs to be respected. It is crucial to the wine's evolution, so that it can deliver its very best.

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Wine Information

The war is won, life is returning, but everything misses. However, Nature participates in the celebration and this vintage will be considered as the wine of victory after six years of war.

The harvest took place from 10th to 26th September. 1945 was marked by the frost of May 1st, followed by intense heat. It was a year characterized by an intense drought on the summer.100 tonneaux - or 33 hectoliters per hectare -, indeed very delicate to vinify: they bear a very high volatile acidity, which will never fade.Vinification that year is very difficult: fermentation reaching 38 degrees are extremely difficult to control at this time.

The 1947 miracle does not happen this year, but 1945 has certainly served as a trial run for the young cellar master Gaston Vaissière for his success two years later.

 

 

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Vintage 1945

The world’s best wine vintage – 1947 or 1945? Tastingbook tasted all the best wines from these two great vintages.

If the wine producers from different regions were asked to name the best vintages from their winemaking history, the most would name 1947 or 1945 as one of the great ones. If we then compared them together there would be most likely only one vintage that the most if not every producer had named on list – 1947.

We wanted to test that theory and we tasted them agains each other and the winner was 1947 – by far.

The vintage 1947 was a magical vintage. It remains in the history as one of the only vintages that all well-established quality wine regions in the world were blessed with superb weather conditions. The heat waves  were experienced all around the world and for instance the whole Europe was bating under scorching sun and experiencing a heat wave  during the summer. This resulted very concentrated and highly ripe grapes. The producers had challenges to handle the very ripe grapes with high sugar levels as there was a constant risk of bacterial contamination in less hygenic cellars that had no artifical cooling systems. As there was no technology to use, many invoked on huge blocks of ice to cool the room temperautre down and even putting ice in their fermentation tanks.

This vintage has proven to yield very long lasting wines from all around the world. The wines are marked with sweet and ripe fruit character and warming alcohol. Due to the poorly hygenic winemaking facilities, many of the wines show volatile characters. Some might find this as a fault, but for many mature wine lovers this feature is even a preferred character. However, when buying the wines from this vintage, one should be aware that there is high level of bottle variations and the risk of having highly volatile wines is remarkably high.

1945 was an exceptional year throughout the whole France, from Côte-Rôtie to Bordeaux. Due to the warm and dry conditions, the grapes were very concentrated and produced an extraordinary, but unfortunately small yield. The harvest in 1945 was an early harvest, which started on the same date as 1982, September 13. The wines began life with massive levels of tannin and took quite a few decades to develop. Due to the high tannin levels, many of the wines still show well today.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

15 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full and Pale

ending

Medium and Spicy

flavors

Cedar

nose

Refined, Unclean and Tired

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Full and Sweet

Written Notes

Cheval Blanc was the only Right Banker on this evening, and it didn’t disappoint with its red, wintergreen and forest fruits. It needed a little more time to open up and shake some metallic edges out, but the earth came out eventually. The animal, the mineral and the vegetable were all there. This bottle of 1945 Cheval Blanc stayed fresh, and its acid really stood out. This had some gorgeous t ‘n a, worthy of Instagram. Yes, I’m hooked, find me @john.kapon . That’s where you get the real time wines being tasted, but still far from all lol (95).
  • 95p

This is the third bottle of 1945 Cheval Blanc that I have tasted, and to be frank, I have never rated it equal to vintages such as 1934, 1948 or 1949. The bouquet is a bit too loose-knit and lacks the cohesion and vivacity of one of its neighbors, the 1945 La Conseillante tasted alongside. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Now, this particular bottle alters my opinion, because it is easily the best I have encountered, offering fine-grained tannins and a judicious adornment of brown spices and ferrous notes toward the poised finish. It ends on a high note, showing better on the palate than the nose. That's how it goes sometimes. Tasted at Koala's 1945 dinner.

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Cheval Blanc 1945 / The year 1945 has suffered some heterogeneity. Some bottles have never quit a too high volatile acidity for the wine to be pleasant on the palate.

However, other bottles, well preserved for seventy years, offer a remarkably rich wine, opulent, silky and typically Cheval Blanc. Exceptionally concentrated, however sustained by a fairly right tension, Cheval Blanc 1945 is perfectly balanced, the sign of a great wine that has unfortunately suffered some very delicate winemaking in a year of serious technical and material insecurity.

In a still deeply dark dress, it exhales a nose of great sweetness accompanied by complex notes of red fruit jam and tobacco, and more surprising notes of anise and straw.
In the mouth it is a full wine, silky and powerful, which opens onto an impassive impression of serenity.

As Cheval Blanc 1947 and 1948, it is characterized by roasted notes and resembles a great vintage Port, but unlike his glorious contemporaries, 1945 ends a little more quickly and harshly. This is a great wine carried by a remarkable freshness and exalted by his generous body.

You get a hint of volatile acidity that fades, this wasn’t quite the stunning expression of the vintage we had at the last dinner with Pierre, but still deeply impressive. Mushrooms and dark fruit with a touch of cassis on the nose. It opens with acid enlivened fruit and a fascinating spice confection. Berries and cassis at the mid palate, impressive elegance, balance and structure. The finish is intense, sweet, and complex. 94 Points

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Echenauer bottling. Top shoulder fill. Bright garnet with orange rim. Rich nose, sweet lilies, exotic, spices, layers upon layers and very complex. Fresh acidity, tannins polished and more or less gone, or at least extremelly integrated into the texture. Lively, balanced, fresh and long.
  • 95p
Good looking magnum size bottle.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
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Origin

St. Emilion, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Excellent

Fake factory

Serious

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