Cheval Blanc 1947
Cheval Blanc 1947 is a vintage wine produced by Chateau Cheval Blanc. The wine
Cheval Blanc 1947 is arguably one of the most famous and celebrated wines of the 20th century.
The 1947 vintage wine was born out of near perfect weather, with very little rain and exceptionally warm conditions from April right through October, the time when the grapes are grown and ripening.
The unusual 35°C temperature resulted in the grapes reaching the fermentation vats already very warm. Though this can often result in disaster, production continued smoothly at Cheval Blanc, possibly due to the cooling effects of the concrete fermentation vats and experience gained from handling the 1945 vintage, which was similarly warm. The result was a 14% alcohol wine which has become one of the most famous wines in the world. Pierre Lurton, manager of the estate on behalf of its owners, described the 1947 vintage as an “accident of nature”.
In November, 2010, a bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947 was sold to an anonymous bidder for $304,375 at a Christie’s auction in Geneva.
A Bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947 sold for 556,600 Hong Kong dollars at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.
Chateau Cheval Blanc
The vineyards of Chateau Cheval Blanc were acquired in 1932 by the Ducasse family. More vineyards were purchased and in 1852, the property was passed to Jean Laussac-Fourcaud and his family as part of Henriette Ducasse’s dowry. The Laussac-Fourcaud family installed a network of flood repellent field drains and the estate flourished. However, the family were reluctant to cit times with the neighbouring Chateau Figeac and the wine continued to be sold under its label.
Eventually the family began marketing their wine independently and the winery began to build up a favourable reputation, winning medals at the London and Paris International Exhibitions in 1862 and 1867.
The Laussac-Fourcaud family held tenure at Cheval Blanc for over 50 years. In 1998, the winery was bought by luxury goods group LVMH and Belgian businessman Albert Frere.