Chateau Cheval Blanc
Château Cheval Blanc is a renowned winery based in the Bordeaux wine region of France.
The Château Cheval Blanc estate (French for 'Castle White Horse') was established in 1834, having previously been a smallholding named 'Le Barrail Des Cailloux.' Since 1998, it has been owned by Bernard Arnault and Baron Frere and grows two grapes varieties; the Cabernet Franc and the Merlot.
The soil conditions on the estate are a mixture of clay, gravel and sand and vines are replanted gradually at the rate of one hectare every three years, giving the soil time to recuperate. The Cheval Blanc estate prides itself on it's organic agricultural approach with a ban on all weed-killers and the planting of hedgerows and foliage to encourage biodiversity.
Two wines are produced at Château Cheval Blanc; the signature Cheval Blanc and a second wine; Le Petit Cheval.
Cheval Blanc is a wine comprising of the two grape varieties grown on the estate; the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties. It is one of only two wines to be awarded Premier Grand Cru Classé (A) in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine of 1955. Typically, 6000 cases are produced annually. The 1947 is widely considered the best vintage; something credited to the unusually hot summer of that year while the vintage of 1981 is considered to be uncharacteristically poor; again attributed to the weather conditions of that year.
Le Petit Cheval was conceived in 1988 and is a wine traditionally drank five years after production or later. Production rates are around 2,500 cases a year.
In November, 2010 in a sale held at Christies, Geneva a six-litre bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc was sold for $304, 375, setting a world record for highest price achieved for a single bottle of this wine. It is thought to be the only bottle produced in this format.
In November, 2011; sold by Christies of Hong Kong:
- 12 bottles of the 1995 Château Cheval Blanc sold for HK$36,000 (Approx. $4,642)
- 3 double magnums of the 1989 vintage sold for HK$33,600. (Approx. $4,332)
- 12 bottles of the Château Cheval Blanc, 1989 vintage. Sold for HK$36,000. (Approx. $4,642)
- 12 bottles of the Château Cheval Blanc, 2001 vintage. Sold for HK$31,200. (Approx. $4,023)
- 12 bottles of the Château Cheval Blanc 2000 vintage. Sold for HK$84,000. (Approx. $10,831)
- 12 bottles of the Château Cheval Blanc, 2000 vintage. Sold for HK$78,000. (Approx. $10,057)
- 12 bottles of the Château Cheval Blanc, 2004 vintage. Sold for HK$28,800. (Approx. $3,713)
- 6 magnums of the Château Cheval Blanc, 2004 vintage. Sold for HK$26,400. (Approx. $3,404)
- 6 magnums of the Château Cheval Blanc 2005 vintage. Sold for HK$50,400. (Approx. $6,498)
12 bottles of the Le Petit Cheval, 2007 vintage sold for HK$7,800. (Approx. $1,006)
In July, 2007 Sothebys auctioned a case of 12 bottles of the 1947 Cheval Blanc which sold for $146,429.
On 6th July, 2011; sold by Sothebys, London;
- 6 magnums of Le Petit Cheval, 2000 vintage. Sold for £1,150.
- 2 double magnums of Le Petit Cheval, 2000 vintage. Sold for £805.
- 3 double magnums of Le Petit Cheval, 2000 vintage. Sold for £1,150.