As of 2012, Chateau Cheval Blanc is one of only four producers to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. Now part-owned by LVMH, the luxury brand powerhouse whose recent $20 million investment in a new state of the art cellar, signals an intent to raise the bench mark of quality even further.
In February 2013, N&P's Will Gardener attended a Masterclass event for these exceptional wines.Chateau Cheval Blanc's Technical Director of Pierre-Olivier Clouet, explained how they had been producing wines since 1832, but were still striving for the perfect 'Assemblage'... read Will's fascinating account and tasting notes on our blog by clicking here.
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This vintage of Cheval Blanc is a blend of 59% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and topped up with Cabernet Sauvignon. Though currently youthful, it is offering some enjoyable drinking, but a little (or a lot) of patience will see this develop marvelously over the next few decades!
Le Petit Cheval is the second wine of Chateau Cheval Blanc and represented 17% of the production during this vintage. 2009 was a great year for growing grapes; a dry summer, followed my mild weather on the weeks until harvest lowering yields and preserving freshness in the fruit...
Despite low yields of the grape, the 1994 Cheval Blanc is a Cabernet Franc vintage, with the aromatic intensity of which permeating through the wine. Lacking the weight of the '95, this wine focuses on freshness and elegance.
Now at its peak, this should be drunk over the next five years.