CHATEAU CHEVAL BLANC
The 'Castle of the White Horse' sits at the very peak of the Saint-Émilion classification, from where they create one of the world's finest wines. Founded in 1832, Cheval Blanc has been at the forefront of vineyard management for almost 200 years, installing a vast network of drains in 1860 and in 2011 building the most modern winemaking and cellaring facility in the appellation at a cost of around $20M. They were purchased in 2009 by LVMH for a reputed 15 million euros per hectare, which would make them the most expensive estate in all of Bordeaux.
Perched on the border with Pomerol, the Premier Grand Cru Classé A estate has a unique mix of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot, with some of the vines close to 100 years old.
The beauty of Cheval Blanc can be found in the complex and powerful perfume entwining textures that can feel as sensual as silk and as soft as velvet. The wine is incredibly opulent, yet light on its feet. Yes, you can drink it young, but really, it is one of the longest-lived Bordeaux wines being produced, so try to be patient. Truly a masterpiece.
Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Cabernet Franc, Merlot