Château Cheval Blanc
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 55 55 55
Visits: By appointment only
Details: 1er Grand Cru Classé A, Saint-Emilion, 37ha, gravelly-sand, sandy-clay & sandy-clay/iron deposits
Vineyards: Merlot Noir 40%, Cabernet Franc 57%, Cabernet Sauvignon & Malbec 3%
Cheval Blanc lies at the far western edge of the appellation, on the prized, gravelly soils that run into Pomerol. It was once part of the Figeac estate but was sold off during the 1830s to the Ducasse family, who passed it to their son-in-law Jean Laussac-Fourcaud in 1852. Laussac-Fourcaud expanded, drained and renovated the vineyard – he also added the château – and soon saw the reputation of the wine soar. In 1998, after a century of family ownership, Cheval Blanc was purchased by Bernard Arnault and Albert Frère of luxury goods brand LVMH. Notice the high proportion of Cabernet Franc in the wine.