White Bordeaux: Château Cheval Blanc is diversifying its range

Friday October 21 2016 by Vitisphere

In some of the Grands Crus Classés, dry white wines have become fashionable. This is true, for instance, of Guiraud, Cos d’Estournel, Margaux, Palmer and Yquem. The trend has now spread to the Right Bank, exemplified by Château Cheval Blanc of the LVMH group, which has just released 4,500 bottles of its 2014 vintage, labelled AOC Bordeaux. Revealed by Jane Anson in Decanter, the new label will ultimately increase to 20,000 bottles. Its production will come from 6.5 hectares of Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon vines in neighbouring estate La Tour du Pin (8 ha, sold in 2006 by the Moueix family). The wine has the same name as the chateau’s second wine, Petit Cheval, created in 1988.

According to local newspaper Sud-Ouest, the wines should sell for around 90 euros a bottle and will be marketed by Bordeaux negociants, without going through the En Primeur system. In a report by Sud-Ouest, Cheval Blanc’s technical manager, Pierre-Olivier Clouet explained it was “the result of eight years’ work. We began with a blank canvas and made our own mistakes before producing a wine worthy of Cheval Blanc”.

 

[ Source: Vitisphere. Photo: LVMH ]

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