Chateau Cheval Blanc, St Emilion

Ch Cheval Blanc is St Emilion royalty. This is a First Growth at the top of its game. Vintage after vintage, critics are lost for words when they taste the Grand Vin and adorn them with a glittering array of faultless scores. We too were left mesmerised after our tasting: the wines are cerebral and possess a regal sophistication, beauty and power like no other.

But what sets Cheval Blanc apart from its competition?

When you consider the meticulous care and attention that goes into making Château Cheval Blanc, it is clear to see why it is a peerless First Growth. Pierre Lurton, Manager of Château Cheval Blanc, perfectly sums up what makes this wine so extraordinary:

”A combination of hard work, soil type, carefully selected grape varieties and an ideal climate, Cheval Blanc is a rare dream, a handcrafted treasure. In this world, where each detail is a step towards perfection, technology never dictates human behaviour. Every day, we strive to improve and enhance the extraordinary qualities of this living heritage.”

We have explored some of the factors that make Cheval Blanc so unique below:

Grape variety | Cabernet Franc
This estate makes one of the greatest wines in the world through blending Cabernet Franc. It is an immensely exciting statement and demonstrates just how beguiling wines made from this varietal can be.

Soil Type
Cheval Blanc’s exclusive terroir makes distinguishes it from the rest. While most First Growths grow vines from one or two different soil types, Cheval Blanc boasts a tapestry of 10 individual soils. It sits atop the border of Pomerol and St Emilion where a rich mix of terroirs gives each plot of vines its own character. The results are extremely complex wines that are unique in every vintage.

Vine Age
The average age of vines is 42 years. The team made a decision to replant all the vines that were planted between 1960 and 1982 as during this period the clones used were not of good enough quality and the popular method of grafting at the time (the Omega method) didn’t deliver qualitative results.

Individual Plot Management
The estate has a Burgundian ethos as they work on a ‘plot by plot’ basis. Cheval has 53 different plots, known affectionately as their ‘children’, and all managed separately. The respect for individual plots defines the estate and Pierre-Olivier calls Cheval Blanc "un vin de terroir".

Blending
Blending is of the utmost importance at Cheval Blanc. This is a lengthy four-month process during which they discern the final magic blend that carries the ultimate reflection of the vintage. In this respect, Cheval Blanc is unique as no other estate dedicates as much time on the blending. It is this magic of mixing the three different grape varietals that creates this extraordinary wine, one of such sophistication and power. It has depth of complexity and a spellbinding spectrum of flavours thanks to its rich tapestry of aromatics. Pierre-Oliver identifies this brilliantly: “Making wine is a virtue, it is humility: 80% of the wine is made by what Mother Nature gives us. We are responsible for the other 20%”.

Unique Vintage Character
Pierre-Olivier and Arnaud are proud guardians of the Cheval Blanc DNA. They craft each vintage and “let each bottle tell the story of the vintage”. They are not looking for consistency, but rather striving to harness the characteristics of each vintage while keeping a firm eye on the future. As Pierre-Olivier explained to us, “We always ask ourselves, ‘Are we making the best Cheval Blanc possible?’”. This is an immense task, but one this team can handle.

Design & Environment
In 2011, the famous architect Christian de Portzamparc led the renovation of the estate’s facilities, including a state-of-the-art winery, barrel cellars, vinification room and tasting area, making Cheval Blanc the envy of all other Bordeaux estates.

Legacy
There is no doubting this estate is at the top of its game now, but there is also an exciting future ahead for this great estate and they will continue to make brilliant wines well into the future. This is a stellar team that is finetuning this great estate to make the best wines well into the future. That is one of the true legacies of such a legendary Domaine.
2018 - Ch Cheval Blanc 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2025 - 2047
Case size
6x75cl
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2018 CH CHEVAL BLANC 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2025 - 2047
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £3,736.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2019,
    Score: 97-98

    54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. An impressively fresh bouquet of damsons and blueberries. The richness and gentle bulk of Merlot fruit gives this an almost Pomerol-esque feel. Warm dark Asian spiced flavours and a lovely almost hedonistically rich character are balanced by its gentle freshness and softly rounded tannins. Broad, full and generous.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2019,
    Score: 97-100

    The 2018 Cheval Blanc is dazzling. Creamy, supple and inviting, the 2018 is endowed with phenomenal balance. The tannins and overall structure are imposing, and yet the richness of the fruit and perfect ripeness of the tannin really stand out. In 2018, Cheval is a bit richer than is often the case, but that is not at all a bad thing. I am struck by how much freshness and energy the 2018 has. Hints of lavender, spice and licorice add shades of nuance, but it is the wine's overall sense of harmony that leaves the strongest impression. A precise counterpoint of fruit richness and finesse makes for a truly unforgettable Cheval Blanc.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2019,
    Score: 97-99

    Thirty-three plots contributed to this wine, out of the 43 in production. Five went into Petit Cheval and five into bulk. The 2018 Cheval Blanc is a blend of 54% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a 3.75 pH and 14.5% alcohol. Deep purple-black in color, the nose is more open at the core of the wine than the Le Petit Cheval, strutting out of the glass with bold, ripe black cherries, cassis, warm plums and raspberry preserves notes. With coaxing, a whole array of fragrant spice, floral and earth notes emerge, followed by candied violets, star anise, powdered cinnamon, iron ore, tapenade and truffles plus wafts of camphor and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firm yet possesses a beautifully plush structure of velvety tannins wrapping round the densely packed, complex, fragrant fruit, with seamless freshness and a very long, layered finish.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2019,
    Score: 98-99

    What strikes you is how aromatic this already is at this stage. Complex and decadent, showing lots of dark berries, smoked meat, wet earth, and dried leaves. Decadent. Full-bodied with very ripe and polished, velvety tannins. Great finish.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2019,
    Score: 99

    This is a wonderful, fairly classic Cheval Blanc, less exuberant than some of the wines that you're going to find in 2018. It's full of intense red and black berries, floral notes, and a ton of menthol, eucalyptus and liquorice which underpins the entire concentrated fruit expression. Silky tannins slowly layer up over the palate. It's full of focus and extremely elegant but it accelerates through the mid-palate, gathering strength as it goes. I love this wine in so many vintages, and they have done it again in 2018. There's no press wine, as ever, with 74% of the crop making it into this wine. Drinking Window 2028 - 2042

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2019,
    Score: 18.5+

    This is a much more structured and intense wine than expected and it has a dark core and a stern mineral edge which runs all of the way to the finish. There is great freshness and lift on the finish and the tannins are firm but not dry. Tense and introverted, the Cabernet Franc element takes control and it forces the Merlot to stand firm. It was the cool nights in the autumn that fixed the perfume and majesty of the Cabernet Franc and this in turn has made this wine what it is. This is a superbly suave and commanding Cheval Blanc and I like its restraint and control.

  • JH

    Julia Harding, April 2019,
    Score: 18.5

    Deepest cherry red. Pure cassis, with a more savoury mineral aspect and opening to become more scented. Very, very fresh. Dark and mineral on the palate. Extremely fine tannic texture. More savoury, with that dark finesse on the finish. Long, chalky finish, so dry and yet so elegant. Drink 2028-2040

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2018 - Le Petit Cheval St Emilion
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2025 - 2040
Case size
6x75cl
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2018 LE PETIT CHEVAL ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Cheval Blanc
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Cabernet Franc / Merlot
Drinking
2025 - 2040
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,096.07 (Inc. VAT)
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  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, November 2019,
    Score: 90-92

    The 2018 Le Petit Cheval comes from the usual five parcels representing the diverse soils across the estate. It has a tightly wound bouquet with blackberry, blueberry, cedar and light iris petal notes, broody at the moment but opening with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied and very pliant with pure black fruit mixed with light truffle and tobacco notes. Harmonious with a precise finish that feels a tad compact at the moment. Therefore, give bottles three to four years once this is released, which it will be (unlike the previous vintage!) 2025 - 2040

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2019,
    Score: 90-93

    The 2018 Petit Cheval represents 10% of the estate's production and is taken from a collection of five parcels that span all of the three main soil types of the property: sand, gravel and clay, all of which were, incidentally, in the Grand Vin in 2016. A wine of remarkable harmony and class, the 2018 Petit Cheval possesses striking textural depth and nuance. Succulent black cherry, mocha, grilled herb, licorice and menthol build in a voluptuous, racy Petit Cheval that will drink well right out of the gate. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

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Pricing

  • IN BOND prices exclude UK Duty and VAT. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries. Duty and VAT must be paid before delivery can take place.

  • RETAIL prices include UK Duty and VAT. Wines for UK delivery can only be purchased this way.

Additional Information

  • Duty Paid wines have been removed from Bond and cannot subsequently be returned to Bond.  VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. These wines must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • En Primeur wines can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.

Tax status

  • IB: In Bond. These wines have had no UK Duty or VAT paid on them. Wines can be purchased In Bond for storage in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse, or for export to non-EU countries.

  • DP: Duty Paid. Wines for immediate UK delivery must be purchased Duty Paid. VAT is payable on Duty Paid wines. Wines which have been removed from Bond cannot subsequently be returned to Bond. They must remain Duty Paid but can be purchased as such for storage subject to VAT.

  • EP: En Primeur. These wines are lying in the Domaines’ cellars until shipping. They can only be purchased In Bond. On arrival in the UK these wines can either be stored In Bond in Private Reserves or another bonded warehouse or delivered directly to you. When you decide to take delivery, Duty and VAT at the prevailing rate become payable.