The incredible rise of Cheval Blanc is one of the most beautiful story in Bordeaux. This Premier Grand Cru Classé A knows how to transform over time its grape into caviar.
The future built in History
Château Cheval Blanc is located on one of the most beautiful gravelly and sandy soils in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. The former “Figeac’s wine” is firstly known under the name of Château Cheval Blanc from 1852, after acquiring over time vineyard plots to its prestigious neighbor. It is under the initiative of the Fourcaud-Laussac family that this 39-hectares vineyard gets its first marks of nobility. Jean Laussac-Fourcaud will notably modernize the viticulture and choose a single grape plant. Driven by his intuition, he associates ingeniously the major grape plant of the Rive Droite, the Merlot, with the Cabernet Franc. A risky gamble than become profitable as in 1878, the Château wins its first gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.
The XXe century, the consecration
In 1954, Cheval Blanc gets the classification of Premier Grand Cru Classé “A”, the highest distinction confirmed each decade. In 1970, the Château is directed by Jacques Hébrard, the husband of one Fourcaud-Laussac ‘s successors. He will keep the management until 1990. Thanks to his great skills and his hard work, this Grand Cru knows major improvements. One of the main modern change is the construction of a large cellar, with a reception room. It is also thanks to him that the second wine of Château Cheval Blanc appears in 1988 under the name of Petit Cheval.
After being 150 years in the same family, the estate is sold in 1998 to Bernard Arnaud and Baron Albert Frère, who continued the tradition in including smart modernity. Witness of this reborn willing, the famous architect Christian de Portzamparc built in 2011 the futurist cellar in the extension of the Château. Faithful to the wishes of both owners, this building prefigures the future while integrating into a historic landscape that is classified as World Heritage by Unesco.
Excellence for an exceptional wine
Driven by its century vintage, 1947, Château Cheval Blanc aims to achieve excellence years after years. For Pierre Lurton, the actual General Manager, this generous and silky wine is like “a true cashmere in mouth. A glass bottle fundamentally characterized by an inimitable freshness ruled by the magnificent Cabernet Franc, the main grape variety.”
Château Cheval Blanc remains one of the most legendary Grands Crus in Bordeaux. Its privileged position and the unique association of its grape varieties still continue to shine in the entire world and mark the history of the Great Wines.