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    The most expensive thing I ever bought

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ChrisMorrow met Gary Parker through a friend and learned that the San Diego resident has a bottle of wine that is valued at $40,000. He purchased the bottle for $17 years ago, and has seen the value of it go up. But he doesn't consider it an investment. 'He is afraid to let the bottle go since his only has one left -- sentimental,' she said.
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    Wine enthusiast Gary Parker talks about the most expensive thing he has ever purchased... Check out my video where Gary shows his prized possession, Chateau Cheval Blanc 1947.


    Gary Parker is the Owner at The WineSellar & Brasserie in San Diego where some of the best collectors in the world store their wine.


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    More about - Château Cheval Blanc 1947 occupies a unique place in the pantheon of Bordeaux - it's arguably the single most famous wine produced in the last century in the region, and many critics and connoisseurs have rated it if not the "best" (a meaningless concept at this level), certainly as the most remarkable.


    Michael Broadbent, the renowned British expert, writes in his book "Vintage Wine": Unquestionably one of the greatest wines of all time...incredibly rich, fat, ripe...mammoth concentration and sweetness...huge, soft, complete, rounded, fabulous, concentration.


    The French wine writer Michael Dovaz says:
    The invulnerable 1947 Cheval Blanc defies the laws of modern oenology. It resembles no other wine, though it comes closest to vintage port. Generosity, suppleness, power, licorice, cedar, plum, velvety tannins, an unequalled smoothness, and an endless finale.


    The editor of European Fine Wine Magazine, Pekka Nuikki writes: Incredibly pronounced chocolaty, leathery nose, resembling port wine. Rich and ripe with great extract. The amount of almost overripe fruit was so appealing that it was hard to resist and not drink the whole bottle right away. A very gentle and soft wine, almost feminine in character. At the same time so powerful and masculine. It has everything a wine can offer in such a historical and exclusive package that it is challenging to find anything as stunning as it!...And the celebrated aftertaste. We can still sense it after two long days and nights. A perfect out-of-this-world experience.


    The doyenne of British wine journalists, Jancis Robinson, describes it as follows: Still bright crimson. Tingling with life and excitement. Rich but reverberating - like celestial sweet Earl Grey tea. Floral, lovely and so FRESH! This wine floats across the palate. There’s the most amazing transparency to it – it’s not heavy yet it makes an extraordinary impression. Then the flavours develop on the finish in a peacock’s tail of complexity. I honestly don’t expect ever to taste a wine better than this.


    And the hyper-influential US critic Robert Parker says:
    The 1947 Cheval Blanc exhibits such a thick texture it could double as motor oil. The huge nose of fruitcake, chocolate, leather, coffee, and Asian spices is mind-boggling. The unctuous texture and richness of sweet fruit are amazing.  Consider the fact that this wine is, technically, appallingly deficient in acidity and excessively high in alcohol. Moreover, its volatile acidity levels would be considered intolerable by modern day oenologists. Yet how can they explain that after 47 years the wine is still remarkably fresh, phenomenally concentrated, and profoundly complex? It has to make you wonder about the direction of modern day winemaking.

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