Chateau Cheval Blanc

Review of the Estate

Château Cheval Blanc (French for "White Horse Castle"), is a wine producer in Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region of France. As of 2012, its wine is one of only four to receive the highest rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) status in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine, along with Château Angélus, Château Ausone, and Château Pavie.

The estate's second wine is named Le Petit Cheval.

The manager of Château Cheval Blanc, Jacques Hebrard, was outraged at the evaluation of his 1981 vintage barrel samples made by influential wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. and asked him to re-taste. Upon arriving, Parker was attacked by Hebrard's dog as the manager stood idly by and watched. When Parker asked for a bandage to stop the bleeding from his leg, Parker says Hebrard instead gave him a copy of the offending newsletter. Hebrard denies that Parker was bleeding. However, Parker did retaste the wine and found it significantly changed from his previous evaluation; he therefore gave the wine an updated evaluation in a later issue of his publication The Wine Advocate.

Château Cheval Blanc is featured in the Mad Men Season 5 episode, "The Other Woman", when Peggy Olson transforms Michael Ginsberg's ad concept about a leather-jacketed bar patron in London (which the client dislikes) into a Paris-based "Lady Godiva"-like pitch (which the client likes) on the spot.

The movie "Sideways", which is famous for it's focus on Pinot noir feature the Cheval Blanc 1961 vintage as a plot element.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 100 acres

Grape Varieties: 57% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec

Average age of vines: 39 years

Density of plantation: 6,000 - 7,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 35 - 40 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 6,000 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years

 

Chateau Cheval Blanc Performance History Graph

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Cheval Blanc Performance History Graph

Chateau Cheval Blanc Wine List

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Wine

Point Score

Chateau Cheval Blanc 1990 98+
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1991 N/A
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1992 87
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1993 87
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1994 88
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1995 92
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1996 90
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1997  88
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1998 98+
Chateau Cheval Blanc 1999 93
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2000 99
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2001 93
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2002 90
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2003 89
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2004 90
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2005 96
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2006 95
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2007 91
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2008 93
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2009 99
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2010 100
Chateau Cheval Blanc 2011 96

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