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    Sale 12269

    Fine Wines and Spirits: Featuring the Exceptional Collection of Jay Stein

    21 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 498

    Château Cheval-Blanc 1949

    1 bottle per lot

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    Cheval Blanc is estate an estate with history- first conceived in 1832 with vineyard plots that have remained unchanged since 1871. The estate has produced some of the finest wines ever to come from Bordeaux, and their 1947 vintage is a thing of legend. In 1954 the Château was awarded the top rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. In 1998 the estate was bought by Bernard Arnault & Albert Frère and the current general manager of the estate is Pierre Lurton who has been working there for two decades. The estate is located in Saint-Emilion very close to Pomerol, and consists of three soil types; gravel over a clay subsoil, deep gravel and sand over clay which creates wines with the opulence and richness from clay soils and the firm structure and tannins derived from gravel soils. The château is most famous for its Cabernet Franc vines, and some of these date from the 1920s. This grape offers complex and elegant aromatics and freshness to the finish on the palate. The average age of vines is over 40 years, and density is high at around 8,000 vines per hectare. Cabernet Franc accounts for 58% of plantings and Merlot 42%, which adds richness and roundness to the blend. The ethos in the vineyard is minimal intervention with limited use of fertilizers and no chemical herbicides. Pruning and green-harvesting limit the crop to five or six bunches per vine so that the vines focus their energy on producing high quality fruit. Yields are limited to between 35 and 40 hectolitres per hectare. Each plot of vines is closely monitored to enable harvesting at optimal ripeness as quickly as possible.
    Château Cheval-Blanc 1949
    Saint-Emilion, 1er grand cru classé (A)
    Level: upper shoulder; Château embossed capsule, vintage branded cork, lightly bin soiled label
    1 bottle per lot

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