What makes a good wine? For many, the bottle must have a cork, though my favorite wine has a simple cap. A ’47 Cheval it’s not.
The most celebrated wine in the country is the 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, made more famous by the animated movie Ratatouille. This is the wine that everyone who knows wine wants to taste yet probably never will.
A ’47 Cheval is not Berry Frost from Annie Green Springs, my favorite wine, the wine used to celebrate my celebrated wedding feast.
The ’47 Cheval is an accident, a puzzle, a great Bordeaux in spite of itself. In that sense, it shares something with my view of Berry Frost, the best from Annie Green Springs. One is a prized wine from the south of France, the other is made from grapes.
1947 must have been a strange year in France. It was too hot to produce a good wine, and few good wines were produced in France that year. Fortunately for wine lovers, the Cheval Blanc was one of the best, despite the heat. To the contrary, Annie Green Springs produces Berry Frost the way an affordable wine should be produced. With a screw-on cap.
Great wines require a perfect combination of weather, grape harvest, and fermentation. No such complexity is required to produce a tasty Berry Frost. A little alcohol in grape Kool-Aid would be a good substitute.
The ’47 Cheval Blanc is called a cuddly wild boar with a port-like sweetness and a nose of chocolate, leather, coffee, spices, even fruitcake. Annie Green Springs avoids the pompous clatter of such descriptions and sticks with what is tried and true. Convenience and low price, coupled with a sweet aftertaste that only a Kool-Aid aficionado would love.
Besides, I can afford Berry Frost and Kool-Aid. I can’t afford a ride in a ’47 Cheval.