Initially, Cheval Blanc was sold under the Figeac name. However, the Fourcaud-Laussac family began making and marketing Cheval Blanc separately in 1854. The vines, in a single block, remained in the Fourcaud-Laussac family until the estate was sold to the current owners, Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère in 1998. With a terroir consisting of a gravel and sandy soil on a clay-iron pan subsoil, Cheval Blanc has a very unsual breakdown of grape varieties for a Saint-Emilion: 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot. These proportions are ideally suited to the terroir.
Cheval Blanc's grand vin is definitely one of the Right Bank's stars. Unlike the austere Château Ausone, which often needs long aging to express itself, Cheval Blanc has a more elegant, rounder style with a certain opulence which makes it easier to enjoy young. This, however, does not detract from its aging potential. In great years, Cheval Blanc is an absolutely outstanding Bordeaux.
Château Cheval Blanc has always made exceptional wine: the 1921 Cheval Blanc, 1947, and 1949 Cheval Blanc vintages are legendary.
After a difficult period in the 70s, this 1er Grand Cru Classé A has been back in full form starting with the fabulous 1982 Cheval Blanc vintage.
Since acquired by Albert Frère and Bernard Arnault in 1998, Cheval Blanc has continued to produce fantastic wines, which are part of the glory of the Saint-Emilion appellation.
Cheval Blanc, Le Petit Cheval