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Chateau Cheval Grand Cru Blanc 1996 (1x 750ml),Saint Emilion . Cork

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0014-2476615

Part of Sale: Finest International Wines - Featuring Petrus 1982

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Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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Premier Grand Cru Classe

This is a vintage to savour.

The wine is a little dry, with Cabernet Franc dominating and Merlot almost totally absent.

FRA - Bordeaux

Expert Reviews

93 Points. Stephen Tanzer

Winery Tasting Notes

This is a vintage to savour.

The wine is a little dry, with Cabernet Franc dominating and Merlot almost totally absent.

This is a difficult year for the winemaker: after the cold comes the rain in spring.

Then the hot weather sets in but is weakened by brutal rains causing strong sag in Merlots.

A large number of Merlot grape had to be sacrificed since there were only one or two nice grapes per bunch. July and August were very beautiful. Grapes were picked from October 2nd to 12th. It has a poor yield of 17hl/ha. Sorting was difficult because of the heterogeneity of grape.

FRA - Bordeaux
Grape Style
Other Red Blends
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

Premier Grand Cru Classé (A)

A very fine Bordeaux property in St-Emilion. In 1832, Henriette Ducasse married Libourne négociant Jean Laussac-Fourcaud, bringing with her 12 ha/30 acres of land including part of the narrow gravel ridge that runs through Figeac and neighbouring vineyards and reaches Petrus just over the border in Pomerol. This became Ch Cheval Blanc, which, in the International London and Paris Exhibitions in 1862 and 1867, won the medals still prominent on its labels. In 1892, Albert reversed the order of his double surname, and it remained in the Fourcaud-Laussac family until 1998 when it was sold to Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH, and Belgian businessman Albert Frère. Pierre, one of the young Lurtons, was made régisseur in 1991.

The vineyard is of 41 ha, with 36 ha under vines: 55 per cent Cabernet Franc vines, 45 per cent Merlot, and no longer any Malbec. The average production is about 8,000 cases; Petit Cheval is the second wine. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc, a variety felicitously originally favoured by Jean Laussac-Fourcaud which has proved particularly well-suited to the soils of Cheval Blanc, gives the wines a deep colour and a rich, concentrated blackcurrant bouquet and flavour. Although excellent wines were made towards the end of the 19th century and before the First World War, the property's international reputation was made with the 1921, which had enormous concentration and sweetness. Other very successful wines were made in the 1920s, and even in 1934 and 1937, but its more modern fame was achieved with the rich, porty 1947. Consistently good wines have been made with few exceptions ever since, although, like other St-Émilions and Pomerols, they usually do not last as long as the top red wines from the médoc and the Graves.

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