Chateau Cheval Blanc, which is translated into white horse has a long, colorful history in Saint Emilion that is traced back to 1832. From the time the château was created in 1834 until its present-day boundaries were fixed in 1871, Cheval Blanc became a legend. The 20th century brought truly international recognition. In 1954, Cheval Blanc was classified a Premier Grand Cru Classé A, and this supreme distinction has been confirmed in every subsequent classification. It is unquestionably the leading estate in St. Emilion. It is located in the north-west of the St. Emilion appellation, bordering Pomerol.

Vineyards, Terroir, and Winemaking

Cheval Blanc's vineyards (Merlot 39%, Cabernet Franc 57%, Malbec 3%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1%) enjoy a variety of soils: gravel, clay and sand, all underpinned by an impermeable sedimentary rock. The vines at Cheval Blanc are old, averaging 45 years of age (Some of the older parcels of Cabernet Franc are close to 100 years of age). Fermentation and maceration last 4 weeks in stainless steel vats, followed by 18 months' maturation in new oak barrels.

Cheval Blanc produces the most famous Cabernet Franc-based wine in the world and present régisseur Pierre Lurton is amongst the most talented winemakers working in Bordeaux today. Cheval Blanc requires a minimum 10 years of bottle age and the best vintages can last for 50 years or more.