Chateau Cheval Blanc is a renowned winery located in Saint-Émilion, a wine-making region in Bordeaux, France. The winery has a long and rich history dating back to the early 19th century, when it was founded by Jean-Jacques Ducasse and his son, Jean-Laurent. In 1832, the winery was purchased by a Bordeaux merchant named Jean-Antoine Chandon de Briailles, who expanded the vineyards and renovated the chateau.
Over the years, Chateau Cheval Blanc gained a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in Bordeaux. In 1954, it was classified as one of only four Premier Grand Cru Classé A wineries in Saint-Émilion, the highest classification for a wine estate in the region.
In 1998, Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH, acquired Chateau Cheval Blanc along with its neighbor, Chateau Yquem. Under Arnault's ownership, the winery underwent significant renovations, including the construction of a new cellar and barrel room. Arnault also invested in new technology and sustainable viticultural practices to improve the quality of the wines.
Chateau Cheval Blanc's vineyards are spread across 37 hectares and are primarily planted with Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. The winery produces three different wines: the flagship Chateau Cheval Blanc, Le Petit Cheval, and a second wine called Quinault l'Enclos.
Chateau Cheval Blanc's wines are highly sought after by collectors and wine enthusiasts around the world. They are known for their elegance, complexity, and aging potential. The winery's 2006 vintage, for example, has been rated 97 points by Wine Enthusiast and 98 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
Today, Chateau Cheval Blanc remains one of the most iconic wineries in Bordeaux, and its wines continue to be celebrated for their exceptional quality and reputation.