Garnet red. Knockout nose offers expressive scents of raspberry, strawberry, blood orange, cedar and faded violet. Then juicy and bright on the palate, with flavors of ripe red berries, underbrush and tobacco lifted by harmonious acidity. This impeccably balanced wine finishes extremely persistent, with a velvety, refined mouth feel, but I expected to find more density and precision. For many experts, the 1971 Cheval Blanc is one of the two or three best Bordeaux of the vintage... (ID)
Magnum served blind initially alongside Monte Bello 1971. Wonderfully sweet, round and florally aromatic with a beautifully smooth texture. A brilliant wine, even if not a blockbuster, and one that I was given blind by owner Jacques Hébrard when I visited the château while researching The Great Wine Book in 1981. I'm delighted to be able to add a tasting note on it to our database - even if it is arguably more enthusiastic than explicatory. Still going strong. 20/20
A rather meaty and rich wine with an abundance of developed fruit flavors. Deep ruby center with a garnet edge, and light stewed tomato, tobacco and orange peel aromas; full-bodied, with velvety tomato and tobacco flavors and a lovely, silky finish.--Cheval-Blanc vertical. (JS)
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