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The wine estate

Château Cheval Blanc is a 37-hectare wine estate located in Saint-Emilion in the Gironde region of France, owned by Bernard Arnault and Baron Frère. It is a 1er Grand Cru Classé (A) and is undoubtedly the flagship estate of Saint-Emilion. It is located in the northwest of the appellation, bordering Pomerol. The vineyards of Cheval Blanc (Merlot 39%, Cabernet Franc 57%, Malbec 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%) enjoy a variety of soils: gravel, clay and sand, all resting on impermeable sedimentary rock ("crasse de fer"). Fermentation and maceration last 4 weeks in stainless steel tanks, followed by 18 months of maturation in new oak barrels. Cheval Blanc produces the world's most famous Cabernet Franc wine and current winemaker Pierre Lurton is among the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux.

 

The vineyard of Château Cheval Blanc and its grape varieties

Cheval Blanc's 39-hectare vineyard is currently planted with 52% Cabernet Franc, 43 Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, but the goal is to return to the original mix of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon represents a change in vineyard plantings.

The amount of Merlot has also been slightly reduced. But as you can see, this is temporary. Blends vary, depending on the style and character of the vintage. The Cheval Blanc vines are old, with an average age of 45 years. They have 8 hectares of Cabernet Franc planted in the 1950s.

However, some of the oldest parcels of Cabernet Franc are nearly 100 years old, having been planted in 1920! The old vines are the source of their massal selection program.

  

 How to accompany and serve a Château Cheval Blanc ?

Château Cheval Blanc is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and energy. Cheval Blanc is a perfect match for all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Cheval Blanc also pairs well with Asian dishes, fishy dishes like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

   

The best vintages of Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc requires a minimum of 10 years of bottle age and the best vintages can last 50 years or more. The atypical character of Cheval Blanc can lead to it being mistaken for very great Margaux. Note: 1982 is one of the greatest vintages of its generation, followed by an amazing 1983. 

Château Cheval Blanc is one of the four great estates; with Château Ausone, Château Pavie and Château Angélus, to have been classified first great classified growth A in the Saint-Emilion wine classification of 2012. 

Here are the wines rated 100/100 according to Parker and The Wine Advocate : 

  • Château Cheval Blanc 2019
  • Château Cheval Blanc 2016
  • Château Cheval Blanc 2015
  • Château Cheval Blanc 2010
  • Château Cheval Blanc 2009
  • Château Cheval Blanc 2005
  • Château Cheval Blanc 1998
  • Château Cheval Blanc 1947

  

  • All our St Emilion wines:

Angélus  -  Ausone  -  Canon  -  Figeac  -  La Gaffelière  -  Pavie  -  Pavie-Macquin  -  Troplong Mondot  -  Valandraud

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