Château Cheval Blanc
upon a time, Cheval Blanc was a modest tenant farm (that nevertheless had a long winegrowing history) called Le Barrail des Cailloux. However, starting in the 19th century, the estate took on an aura of romanticism and greatness. From the time the château was created in 1834 until its present-day boundaries were fixed in 1871, Cheval Blanc became a legend.
As it takes two parents to have children, it can be said that Cheval Blanc was born of the marriage between Merlot, the traditional grape variety in Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, and Cabernet Franc.
Helped by the fact that phylloxera spared the estate in the late 19th century, the château’s reputation grew and grew. London, Paris, Antwerp, the wine was in strong demand everywhere in port cities and trading places around the world… The 20th century brought true international recognition.
In 1954, Cheval Blanc was classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé A, and this supreme distinction has been confirmed in every subsequent classification.
Since 1998, Bernard Arnault and Baron Frère have perpetuated Cheval Blanc’s tradition of excellence, while introducing elegant modern influences.
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