Château Cheval Blanc (White Horse Castle) is one of only four estates whose wines are rated at the highest level, Premier Grand Cru Classé A in Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France. Archives show that vines have been grown at Cheval Blanc at least as far back as the 15th century.
“In 1832, Château Figeac sold 15 hectares/37 acres to M. Laussac-Fourcaud, including part of the narrow gravel ridge that runs through Figeac and neighboring vineyards and reaches Château Petrus just over the border in Pomerol. This became Château Cheval Blanc which, in the International London and Paris Exhibitiohns in 1862 and 1867, won medals still prominent on its labels. The château remained in the family until 1998, when it was sold to Bernaud Arnault, chairman of luxury goods group LVMH, and Belgian businessman Albert Frère.” — Wikipedia
“What makes Cheval Blanc so unusual is three main soil types – fine textured with clay, more coarsely textured with gravel, and large gravel with sand – that constitute a veritable patchwork. This singular terroir is made up primarily of clay and large-size gravel in certain plots and sandy soil with smaller gravel in other parts. Some estates in Saint-Emilion have excellent gravelly soil, while others in Saint-Emilion and Pomerol have very good clay soils. Cheval Blanc, on the other hand, is blessed with both types of soil in fairly equal proportions.” – http://www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com
An “impressive new cellar [was built] adjacent to the château. Designed by Christian de Portzamparc, winner of the 1994 Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1994, this was completed in June 2011. Reflecting the desire of Baron Albert Frère and Bernard Arnault, this building is both futuristic and in keeping with the surrounding historic vineyard landscape listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.” — http://www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com
“TASTING NOTES: This elegant, delicate wine is slated to be a great classic. The colour is deep red and the nose is complex from the very first, expressing a floral (violet and peony) aspect that gives way to attractive red fruit, raspberry, and black cherry aromas. This vintage shines thanks to its aromatic freshness and precision. It starts off very full-bodied on the palate. The middle palate is quite full, rich, and voluptuous, and the aftertaste is interminable. The tannin is smooth, silky, and elegant, and the wine is altogether perfectly balanced, with lovely fresh fruit on the finish.” — http://www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com