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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The 2005 vintage was exceptionally good for Chateau Cheval Blanc, resulting in high yields of good quality grapes. Thus, after creating the Grand Vin and Petit Cheval Blanc, there were leftover grapes to make a declassified wine...
This is the second wine of Chateau Cheval Blanc who saw fantastic grape quality in '98, particularly for Merlot. This blend is 79% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Don't wait to open this!
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...