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Chateau Cheval Blanc
In 1998, the Fourcaud-Laussacs family sold Chateau Cheval Blanc to Albert Frere and Bernard Arnaut, but not before they stamped an indelible seal of quality on this St. Emilion estate. In 146 years of ownership, the Fourcaud-Laussacs family saw their vineyard double in size and rated as one of only two First Growths in the St. Emilion classification of 1954.

Today its stellar reputation continues, bolstered by the hard work of Pierre Lurton, also of Chateau d'Yquem. Lurton oversees the 40 hectare vineyard, which sits on the border of Pomerol and St. Emilion. Planted to an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Franc--58%--with the rest to Merlot, the vineyard soils consist of sand, clay and gravel; the clay soil lending opulence and power and the gravel more tannin structure to the wine. In its youth, Cheval Blanc can be wound-up and even tough, due to its strong Cabernet Franc component. In the best vintages, though, it shows a distinctly Pomerol-like lushness of texture with maturity, evolving into one of the region's most decadent and velvety elixirs. Expect a stunning bouquet of spicy dark fruits, flowers, bitter chocolate, tobacco, licorice and game that can improve for up to 50 years in bottle.


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