With historical archives showing that vines have been grown on the estate since at least the 15th Century, Chateau Cheval Blanc has an illustrious history in Saint Emilion. Purchased in 1832 by Jean-Jacques Ducasse, President of the Libourne Trade Tribunal, Cheval Blanc expanded over the subsequent two decades most notably with the acquisition of plots belonging to Chateau Figeac. Ducasse’s daughter, Henriette, and her husband, Jean Laussac-Fourcaud, inherited Cheval Blanc and focussed on enhancing the estate’s reputation as one of the greatest in Saint Emilion. In the 1860s part of the estate was replanted with an atypical proportion of half Merlot – the Right Bank’s champion – and half Cabernet Franc. This change in composition of Cheval Blanc’s wines resulted in the estate’s first medal at the 1862 Universal Exhibition in London, followed by their first gold medal in 1878 in Paris. Following a series of successful vintages and gaining international recognition, a Chateau was built on the estate and passed down through the Laussac-Fourcaud family well into the 20th Century.

In the 1955 Saint Emilion Classification Cheval Blanc was rated Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) and has maintained this high standard in following classifications, becoming a member of the exclusive first growth Bordeaux ‘Club of Nine’. In 1998 Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frere jointly purchased Chateau Cheval Blanc and have continued the estate’s upward viticultural trajectory. A new cellar adjacent to the Chateau was completed in 2011; a futuristic yet restrained building designed by prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the new cellar symbolises Cheval Blanc’s dedication to the historic vineyard landscape that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as its readiness for the future.

The estate’s 39 hecatres are on the border of Saint Emilion, next to Pomerol, and are divided into 45 plots which adds to Cheval Blanc’s complexity. Unlike many of the Saint Emilion estates, Chateau Cheval Blanc benefits from an altogether different terroir; rather than the appellation’s typical limestone soil, Cheval Blanc features alluvium as well as an equal amount of gravel and clay. The difference in soil type, surface area, age of the vines and grape variety between each plot results in a patchwork of terroir focused wines that are blended to perfection by the Cheval Blanc team. The wines usually have a higher percentage of Cabernet Franc than Merlot, giving Cheval Blanc a distinctive freshness as well as high concentrations of fruit and a rich enveloping bouquet.

Available Wines

2023 Chateau Cheval Blanc Premier Grand Cru Classe A, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

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2023 Chateau Cheval Blanc Premier Grand Cru Classe A, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 3x150cl

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2023 Le Petit Cheval, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

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2020 Le Petit Cheval, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 6x75cl

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2018 Le Petit Cheval Blanc 3x75cl

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2023 Le Petit Cheval, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 3x150cl

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£730/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Future ArrivalETA to UK address: Aug 2026