There are places in the world which are made exceptional by history and chance. Cheval Blanc is one example. In the 18th century a large area of the current estate of Cheval Blanc was covered in vines. This can be seen on a map drawn up by Bellayme in 1764. one century later, a period of slow renovation began. In 1871, adjacent plots were acquired, giving the vineyard its definitive layout. drainage system and planting of the cabaret franc grape variety.
Blackberry, mineral and lightly toasted oak. Subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet fruit character and ultrarefined tannins. Goes on and on. Gorgeous and seductive. Best after 2009. 5,055 cases made.
There have been more complete Cheval Blancs than this, but this 2003 does have power. Huge fruit, huge solid tannins, concentration - maybe some charm would create a better wine. 92-94
The present-day Cheval Blanc vineyards had vines at least as far back as the 18th century, as shown by Belleyme's map of the region dated 1764. Nearly a century later, the estate was acquired by the Fourcaud-Laussac family who owned it until 1998, when it was sold to Mr Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère.
The vineyard is in a single block, and borders on the Pomerol appellation. An outstanding terror and... View More