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.1985 – 95 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown “The Wine Advocate” (Aug. 2018)
“Medium garnet-brick colored, the 1985 Cheval Blanc sashays out of the glass with provocative notes of sandalwood, cinnamon stick, cardamom, dried lavender and wilted roses over a core of new leather, cigar box, prunes, raisin cake and dusty soil. Medium-bodied, soft and silken textured, it has tons of mature, melt-in-your mouth flavors and a very long exotic spice-laced finish.”