CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC

CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC

SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
1er Grand Cru Classé "A"
Owner:
Bernard Arnault, Le Baron Albert Frère
Manager:
Pierre Lurton
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Placed right at the top of the classification of Saint-Émilion wines, Cheval Blanc has a unique personality, thanks to its complex soils and original blend of grape varieties.
CHÂTEAU CHEVAL BLANC

The property that is now Cheval Blanc was part of the huge estate of Figeac, which at the end of the 18th century covered some 200 hectares. In 1832, Mr. Ducasse married Figeac’s owners daughter, bringing the southern part of the Cheval Blanc vineyard as a dowry. In 1838, Mr. Ducasse bought the other parts, incredible vineyards that were to become Cheval Blanc. For 20 years the wine continued to be sold as “Wine of Figeac” until Jean Laussac-Fourcaud, the son-in-law of Mr. Ducasse, decided to make a clean break with the past by creating the Château Cheval Blanc label.
Having remained in the founder's descendants' hands until 1998, Cheval Blanc was bought by Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère, who entrusted its management to Pierre Lurton, who also runs Château d’Yquem, the illustrious Sauternes estate.

Cheval Blanc’s 37 hectares lie at some distance from Saint-Émilion, on the boundary of the appellation lands where they touch Pomerol. Cheval Blanc has some well-known names as neighbours: Petrus, Vieux Château Certan, Figeac and La Conseillante. Its soil make-up is a complex mosaic, with a layer of gravel and sand lying over clay subsoil.
This exceptional terrain has a no-less unusual blend of grape varieties, with Cabernet Franc (60%) holding sway over Merlot.
The wine is vinified in an organ of small concrete vats, with each vineyard parcel being harvested and vinified separately. After a light, pneumatic pressing, the free-run and press wines are aged separately before blending. The wine is aged in barrel for some 18 months. Barrels used for the Grand Vin are renewed every year.

“Absolute art”. A wine which combines richness, voluptuousness and elegance, and develops a bewitching complexity and silkiness when mature. “Powerful without any aggressiveness, round, silky, always elegant and stylish, a core of Cabernet Franc enveloped with Merlot, the wine of Cheval Blanc comes close to a Pomerol without quite resembling a Saint-Émilion. With its freshness and cashmere-like tannins, it ages beautifully, expressing the effects of its soil, which makes it more and more complex and subtle.” Pierre Lurton.