Château Cheval Blanc

About Château Cheval Blanc

One of the four Premier Grand Cru Classé A estates in St-Émilion, Château Cheval Blanc was in fact matched solely by the ancient Ausone in this ranking since the system’s foundation in 1955.

 

Once part of its neighbour Château Figeac, the land which now constitutes this Right Bank legend was purchased by the Ducasse family in 1838 from what was then the 200 hectare Figeac estate. It must have come as some injury to the sensational Figeac’s pride to be ranked one level below its former holdings, but the terroir of Cheval Blanc is irresistible in its majesty. 

 

In the modern era, the team at Château Cheval Blanc is one of the most meticulous and driven in the region. Every facet of viticulture management to terroir analysis to winemaking is pored over and pored over again. For many years, technical director Pierre-Olivier Clouet was assisted by the knowledgeable Professor Kees van Leeuwen on-site, meaning every inch of every vine has been studied and analysed since planting in some cases.

 

Viniculture

Planted to 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, Château Cheval Blanc is found on the “Pomerol side” of St-Émilion, meaning its terroir is significantly different to that of its ancient peer Ausone. Part of the beauty of St-Émilion no doubt lies in this stark difference, as there is no “perfect” typical style nor plot for the appellation's great wines. Akin to Pomerol in more ways that proximity, the Merlot of Cheval Blanc is planted on gravel whilst the Cabernet Franc rests on well-drained thick clay, the fabled substance abundant at Château Pétrus.

 

Aromatics are a particular focus of Château Cheval Blanc, with Pierre-Olivier Clouet declaring “that aspect is crucial to us”. This emphasis leads the property to be one of the very earliest to harvest on the Right Bank, an attempt to capture as much delicacy and freshness as possible to layer into its sumptuous bouquet. Famed for its floral, smoky edges and whisps of perfectly ripened fruit, this is truly one of the world’s great wines.

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Prices: In Bond Inc. TAX
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Cheval Blanc 2014 (3x150cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,221.70
2014

Cheval Blanc 2014 (3x150cl)

Wine Spectator (97)

This has dreamy aromas already, with notes of Lapsang souchong tea, smoldering cigar and cold charcoal wafting up from the core of dense yet supple currant, fig and blackberry preserves. A loamy edge thumps through the finish, giving this an addictive, head-bobbing bass line.
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 97 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,221.70
Cheval Blanc 2019 (1x600cl)
Inc. TAX: €8,261.60
2019

Cheval Blanc 2019 (1x600cl)

Decanter (98)

Extremely precise floral and berry aromatics build out of the glass and this sense of construction continues through the palate. On the attack you get a whoosh of powerful blueberry and blackberry, with sage, woodsmoke and crushed stone, all cut cleanly through, exposing juicy minerality and a feel of different elements layering on top of each other. 82% 1st wine in this vintage. Harvest from September 10, picking only in the mornings for two weeks (the only three plots of Merlot that were brought in after the September rains are in Petit Cheval). Biodiversity is blooming at Cheval right now - 40 brebis goats and sheep since October 2019, alongside pigs, 200 Bresse chicken, 40 egg-laying chickens and 16 beehives. They have planted 850 fruit trees this winter among the vines, and no longer work the soils. Less Cabernet Franc in the vineyard until 2022 due to replanting.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €8,261.60
Cheval Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,917.70
2019

Cheval Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Extremely precise floral and berry aromatics build out of the glass and this sense of construction continues through the palate. On the attack you get a whoosh of powerful blueberry and blackberry, with sage, woodsmoke and crushed stone, all cut cleanly through, exposing juicy minerality and a feel of different elements layering on top of each other. 82% 1st wine in this vintage. Harvest from September 10, picking only in the mornings for two weeks (the only three plots of Merlot that were brought in after the September rains are in Petit Cheval). Biodiversity is blooming at Cheval right now - 40 brebis goats and sheep since October 2019, alongside pigs, 200 Bresse chicken, 40 egg-laying chickens and 16 beehives. They have planted 850 fruit trees this winter among the vines, and no longer work the soils. Less Cabernet Franc in the vineyard until 2022 due to replanting.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,917.70
Le Petit Cheval 2009 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,130.10
2009

Le Petit Cheval 2009 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This has a little more Cabernet Franc than usual. Intense aromas of dried flowers, spices and blueberries. Full-bodied, juicy and fruity, with a beautiful softness and polish. Goes on for minutes. Best Petit Cheval. The second wine of Cheval Blanc. Best after 2018.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 94 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,130.10
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Cheval Blanc 2014 (3x150cl)
In Bond: €2,670.00
2014

Cheval Blanc 2014 (3x150cl)

Wine Spectator (97)

This has dreamy aromas already, with notes of Lapsang souchong tea, smoldering cigar and cold charcoal wafting up from the core of dense yet supple currant, fig and blackberry preserves. A loamy edge thumps through the finish, giving this an addictive, head-bobbing bass line.
Original Wooden case In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 3x150cl 1 97 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €2,670.00
Cheval Blanc 2019 (1x600cl)
In Bond: €6,865.00
2019

Cheval Blanc 2019 (1x600cl)

Decanter (98)

Extremely precise floral and berry aromatics build out of the glass and this sense of construction continues through the palate. On the attack you get a whoosh of powerful blueberry and blackberry, with sage, woodsmoke and crushed stone, all cut cleanly through, exposing juicy minerality and a feel of different elements layering on top of each other. 82% 1st wine in this vintage. Harvest from September 10, picking only in the mornings for two weeks (the only three plots of Merlot that were brought in after the September rains are in Petit Cheval). Biodiversity is blooming at Cheval right now - 40 brebis goats and sheep since October 2019, alongside pigs, 200 Bresse chicken, 40 egg-laying chickens and 16 beehives. They have planted 850 fruit trees this winter among the vines, and no longer work the soils. Less Cabernet Franc in the vineyard until 2022 due to replanting.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 1x600cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €6,865.00
Cheval Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €3,250.00
2019

Cheval Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Decanter (98)

Extremely precise floral and berry aromatics build out of the glass and this sense of construction continues through the palate. On the attack you get a whoosh of powerful blueberry and blackberry, with sage, woodsmoke and crushed stone, all cut cleanly through, exposing juicy minerality and a feel of different elements layering on top of each other. 82% 1st wine in this vintage. Harvest from September 10, picking only in the mornings for two weeks (the only three plots of Merlot that were brought in after the September rains are in Petit Cheval). Biodiversity is blooming at Cheval right now - 40 brebis goats and sheep since October 2019, alongside pigs, 200 Bresse chicken, 40 egg-laying chickens and 16 beehives. They have planted 850 fruit trees this winter among the vines, and no longer work the soils. Less Cabernet Franc in the vineyard until 2022 due to replanting.
Delivery to Storage from 29 Nov 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,250.00
Le Petit Cheval 2009 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €927.00
2009

Le Petit Cheval 2009 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (94)

This has a little more Cabernet Franc than usual. Intense aromas of dried flowers, spices and blueberries. Full-bodied, juicy and fruity, with a beautiful softness and polish. Goes on for minutes. Best Petit Cheval. The second wine of Cheval Blanc. Best after 2018.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 94 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €927.00

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