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.
2007 – 92 Points, Neal Martin “The Wine Advocate” (June 2017)
“The 2007 Cheval Blanc has a refined bouquet with scents of red berry fruit, leather, iron filing and orange rind, perhaps a little more advanced than some of its Saint–Émilion peers, but still attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin and entry. This is a ‘stocky’ Cheval Blanc, with the Cabernet Franc component really forming the backbone to this wine, imparting bell pepper and spice box notes towards the grippy finish.”