Château Cheval Blanc
Bordering Pomerol in Saint-Émilion, Château Cheval Blanc’s single block of vines stretch across 40 hectares and feature equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot planted on three types of terroir: a patchwork of finely-textured soil with clay, coarse soil with gravel, and large gravel with sand. Each of the 45 parcels is treated like its own vineyard, yet the wines of the classified First Growth continue to reflect the estate’s strong identity and reputation as one of the most prestigious Bordeaux wines, known for their freshness, elegance, power, finesse and potential for aging. Cheval Blanc’s official history dates back to 1832, when Jean-Jacques Ducasse purchased the estate, but winegrowers have been working the land here for six centuries. Pierre Lurton, who started in his youth as head of his family’s vineyards, was appointed at young age of 34 years as General Manager of Château Cheval Blanc. In 1998, the owner of LVMH group, Bernard Arnault and his friend, Baron Albert Frère purchased the property, keeping Lurton as head of the Château, and built a new cellar, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect, Christian de Portzamparc. Partnered with the technical manager, Pierre-Olivier Clouet, who brings his expertise in agronomy engineering and oenology, the pair have ensured the Château Cheval Blanc continues to maintain a strong identity regardless of the complexity of its soils & grape variety. Careful tasting determines which parcels will make it into the grand vin, and, depending on the vintage, only 15 to 45 plots make the blend, which is then aged in the cellar in semi-darkness for over a year.