In 1998 Chateau Cheval Blanc was purchased by Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frere for about the equivalent of 135 million Euros. They asked Pierre Lurton to manage the property for them.
Being located on the Pomerol border in the northwest portion of Saint–Émilion is part of the reason for the voluptuous quality of Cheval Blanc. In part, this explains why Cheval Blanc has all the best attributes of Saint–Émilion and Pomerol. In fact, they are only a stones throw away from the Pomerol plateau.
The 39 hectare vineyard of Cheval Blanc The vineyard of Chateau Cheval Blanc is planted to 49% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon today, but the goal is to return to the original mix of 55% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon represents a change in the vineyard plantings.
2003 – 92 Points, Robert Parker “The Wine Advocate” (Aug. 2014)
“A blend of 56% Cabernet Franc and 44% Merlot, reveals an exquisite bouquet of mulberries, forest floor, new saddle leather, spice box and spring flowers. The first-growth quality aromatics are followed by a complex medium-bodied wine with more density than anticipated. The wine seems fully mature although there is an unexpected freshness and underlying depth of fruit. This beauty should continue to drink well for another 7-8 years.”