The Ballad of the White Horse | 1996 Château Cheval Blanc

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The origin of the “white horse” name of Château Cheval Blanc is uncertain, though an apocryphal story links it to a post house that once stood at the site of this great Saint-Emilion estate.

Henri IV, who always rode white horses, is said to have changed horses here on the way to Pau.
Having started professionally in wine in 1996, this was the first Bordeaux vintage that I worked with when it was offered en primeur in 1997.

I don’t recall offering Cheval Blanc that year – but, 25 years later, here it is

1996 Cheval Blanc
1996 Cheval Blanc

This is a fine vintage of Cheval Blanc that recently came in and out of Arden Fine Wines’ new office in Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London.

Looking south, the view shows the Marriott Grosvenor House hotel and The Dorchester.

We look forward to welcoming our clients and friends to Upper Grosvenor Street to discuss other vintages of Cheval Blanc and similarly important matters.

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