The 39 hectares of the Cheval Blanc we known today were assembled in the early 19th century by Jean-Jacques Ducasse, President of the Libourne Trade Tribunal, who bought the lion's share then added bits and pieces bought from neighbours, including Château Figeac. It was later that century that the vineyard was planted with the sui generis 50:50 mix of Merlot and Cabernet France vines. So obsessed with quality was Cheval Blanc's owner that by the end of the 19th century the wine had not only been awarded medals in London and Paris, but was also priced on a par with the first growths of the Left Bank. Renovation and development was continued through the turn of the century and in the first classification of St Emilion in 1954, Cheval Blanc was ranked at the very top: Premier Grand Cru Classé "A". In 1998 the property was sold to Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère and subsequently a large, modernist cellar has been built next to the chateau.
Case of 6 Bottles
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duty paid price: £2,500.07
"It has the most floral bouquet of the four Serié A Grand Cru Classé: an explosion of crushed violets and potpourri, hints of leather and cigar box, the Cabernet Franc clearly lending this complexity and character. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. It feels wonderfully structured and comes with an insistent grip that coats the mouth. This is backward and almost surly, but you have to stand back and admire the precision and arching structure on the mineral-rich finish. Top-dog Saint Emilion? That's for sure. Tasted January 2016." Neal Martin
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