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Le Petit Cheval

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2023
94
Cherry blossoms, chocolate, plums, black cherries, and flowers create the aromatics. Medium-bodied, silky, elegant, and fresh, with a voluptuous texture that sets the table for the chocolate-covered black cherries, plums, and truffles. The wine is perfectly balanced between its freshness, and its opulent, nature. There was a time when second wines were simply second wines. Clearly, that is no longer the case. You can enjoy this on release and for the following 2 decades after that. The wine blends 50% Cabernet Franc, with 50% Merlot. Drink from 2027-2042. 93-95 Pts.

Cherry blossoms, chocolate, plums, black cherries, and flowers create the aromatics. Medium-bodied, silky, elegant, and fresh, with a voluptuous texture that sets the table for the chocolate-covered black cherries, plums, and truffles. The wine is perfectly balanced between its freshness, and its opulent, nature. There was a time when second wines were simply second wines. Clearly, that is no longer the case. You can enjoy this on release and for the following 2 decades after that. The wine blends 50% Cabernet Franc, with 50% Merlot. Drink from 2027-2042. 93-95 Pts.

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2021
94
Crisp, bright, and fresh, as well as exotic, the nose exudes fresh, yellow citrus, Granny Smith apples, pear, orange rind, and honeysuckle. The palate follows the nose with its lush, crisp, display of waxy lemons, grapefruits, and tangerines, along with a dab of round to add the right touch of sweetness. Drink from 2024-2037.

Crisp, bright, and fresh, as well as exotic, the nose exudes fresh, yellow citrus, Granny Smith apples, pear, orange rind, and honeysuckle. The palate follows the nose with its lush, crisp, display of waxy lemons, grapefruits, and tangerines, along with a dab of round to add the right touch of sweetness. Drink from 2024-2037.

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2021
93
Elegant, silky, refined, vibrant, and almost crisp, this mini Cheval Blanc is already simply gorgeous with its bouquet of flowers, cigar box, mint, cherries, plums, and spice. The wine blends its silky-refined textures with freshness, lift, and purity in its energetic, red berry-packed finish. The wine blends 60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. The high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend defines the wine. You can enjoy this on release and for at least the next 15 years. Drink from 2024-2040.

Elegant, silky, refined, vibrant, and almost crisp, this mini Cheval Blanc is already simply gorgeous with its bouquet of flowers, cigar box, mint, cherries, plums, and spice. The wine blends its silky-refined textures with freshness, lift, and purity in its energetic, red berry-packed finish. The wine blends 60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc. The high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend defines the wine. You can enjoy this on release and for at least the next 15 years. Drink from 2024-2040.

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This is a true baby Cheval Blanc, The reason is simple. Some of the Cabernet Sauvignon lots placed in Cheval Blanc in 2018, 2019 and 2020 were included in this wine. The wine kicks off with flowers, espresso, chocolate, red plums and spice. But it is on the palate, which is slightly similar to Cheval Blanc where the wine shows its character. Supple, and fresh, the wine finishes with loads of silky-textured, sweet fruits. The wine blends 60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, making this the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever used in the history of the estate. 13.1% ABV. Drink from 2022-2035. 91-93

This is a true baby Cheval Blanc, The reason is simple. Some of the Cabernet Sauvignon lots placed in Cheval Blanc in 2018, 2019 and 2020 were included in this wine. The wine kicks off with flowers, espresso, chocolate, red plums and spice. But it is on the palate, which is slightly similar to Cheval Blanc where the wine shows its character. Supple, and fresh, the wine finishes with loads of silky-textured, sweet fruits. The wine blends 60% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, making this the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon ever used in the history of the estate. 13.1% ABV. Drink from 2022-2035. 91-93

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2020
94
It is easy to think of this as a mini Cheval Blanc due to its gorgeous display of flowers, sweet cherries, spices and tobacco wrappers in the perfume. The wine offers the perfect blend of freshness, silky-refined-textures and purity in the supple fruits on the palate that keep on with you all way through to the finish. There was a time when second wines were simply second wines. That is clearly not the case as this is a solid example of a baby Cheval Blanc. You can enjoy this on release and for the following 2 decades after that. Drink from 2023-2040.

It is easy to think of this as a mini Cheval Blanc due to its gorgeous display of flowers, sweet cherries, spices and tobacco wrappers in the perfume. The wine offers the perfect blend of freshness, silky-refined-textures and purity in the supple fruits on the palate that keep on with you all way through to the finish. There was a time when second wines were simply second wines. That is clearly not the case as this is a solid example of a baby Cheval Blanc. You can enjoy this on release and for the following 2 decades after that. Drink from 2023-2040.

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2020
93
Bright, yellow and orange citrus with touches of pears and green apples along with a tint of honey that comes through on the nose and palate. This is already delicious and it should continue offering pleasure for up to a decade. Drink from 2023-2032.

Bright, yellow and orange citrus with touches of pears and green apples along with a tint of honey that comes through on the nose and palate. This is already delicious and it should continue offering pleasure for up to a decade. Drink from 2023-2032.

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2019
94
Fresh, bright and vibrant, the wine is all about its crisp, lively yellow citrus, white flowers, vanilla, green apple and orange blossom character. I love the lift, vibrancy and purity in the fruits with their mild touch of honey and spice in the finish. Drink from 2022-2031.

Fresh, bright and vibrant, the wine is all about its crisp, lively yellow citrus, white flowers, vanilla, green apple and orange blossom character. I love the lift, vibrancy and purity in the fruits with their mild touch of honey and spice in the finish. Drink from 2022-2031.

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2019
92
Soft, silky, floral, medium-bodied and fresh, this elegantly-textured, red berry focused wine offers a refined, forward, vibrant, expression of its terroir with all of its floral, cherry, mint, espresso, plum and dark raspberry character. Produced from a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Franc, you can enjoy this with pleasure on release and over the following 15 years or so. Drink from 2022-2034.

Soft, silky, floral, medium-bodied and fresh, this elegantly-textured, red berry focused wine offers a refined, forward, vibrant, expression of its terroir with all of its floral, cherry, mint, espresso, plum and dark raspberry character. Produced from a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Franc, you can enjoy this with pleasure on release and over the following 15 years or so. Drink from 2022-2034.

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2018
93
Medium-bodied, elegant, floral and silky, this baby Cheval Blanc shows its sweet plum, cherry and licorice character from the get go. Round, plummy, forward and with a nice silk touch on the palate, this offers a lot Cheval character for a fraction of the price. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year, so it is going to be difficult to find.

Medium-bodied, elegant, floral and silky, this baby Cheval Blanc shows its sweet plum, cherry and licorice character from the get go. Round, plummy, forward and with a nice silk touch on the palate, this offers a lot Cheval character for a fraction of the price. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year, so it is going to be difficult to find.

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Floral in character, the wine is round, supple, silky, opulent and ripe. The velvet-textured fruit is already easy to drink. The wine shows a resemblance to Cheval Blanc on the attack. In fact, if it was just a little longer the wine would be quite similar to Cheval Blanc. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year. 91-93 Pts

Floral in character, the wine is round, supple, silky, opulent and ripe. The velvet-textured fruit is already easy to drink. The wine shows a resemblance to Cheval Blanc on the attack. In fact, if it was just a little longer the wine would be quite similar to Cheval Blanc. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year. 91-93 Pts

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2018
95
Bright, fresh, lively yellow citrus, honeysuckle, green apple, lemon peel and a touch of vanilla on the nose and palate works here. The wine is lively, creamy, fresh and leaves you with a blast of fresh, sweet citrus in the finish. The wine blends 74% Sauvignon Blanc with 26% Semillon.

Bright, fresh, lively yellow citrus, honeysuckle, green apple, lemon peel and a touch of vanilla on the nose and palate works here. The wine is lively, creamy, fresh and leaves you with a blast of fresh, sweet citrus in the finish. The wine blends 74% Sauvignon Blanc with 26% Semillon.

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2017
91
Medium bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the wine is elegant and polished and should show well quite early in life. Produced from a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year.

Medium bodied, soft, silky and fresh, the wine is elegant and polished and should show well quite early in life. Produced from a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, only 8% of the harvest was placed into the wine this year.

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2016
92
A precise vintage for Le Petit Cheval, the wine is fresh, vibrant, lively and clean, with an academic character. Its perfumed and structured. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Only 7% of the harvest made it into the second wine this year.

A precise vintage for Le Petit Cheval, the wine is fresh, vibrant, lively and clean, with an academic character. Its perfumed and structured. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Only 7% of the harvest made it into the second wine this year.

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Ruby in color, this wine opens with flowers and cherry notes. Medium bodied, elegant and fresh, the fruit shows a plummy, early drinking charm. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Only 7% of the harvest made it into the second wine this year.

Ruby in color, this wine opens with flowers and cherry notes. Medium bodied, elegant and fresh, the fruit shows a plummy, early drinking charm. The wine was made from a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Only 7% of the harvest made it into the second wine this year.

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2014
91
Smoke and tobacco over ripe, red fruits and earth are the recipe here. Silky, fresh and sweet, with elegant textures, this is drinking perfectly today. The wine offers a resemblance to Cheval Blanc at this stage.

Smoke and tobacco over ripe, red fruits and earth are the recipe here. Silky, fresh and sweet, with elegant textures, this is drinking perfectly today. The wine offers a resemblance to Cheval Blanc at this stage.

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Blending 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, this wine is packed with flowers, licorice and earthy notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh, silky, pure and medium bodied, focusing on fresh, sweet cherries. 90-91 Pts

Blending 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, this wine is packed with flowers, licorice and earthy notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh, silky, pure and medium bodied, focusing on fresh, sweet cherries. 90-91 Pts

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2013
86
Blending 79% Merlot with 21% Cabernet Franc produced a light, ruby-colored wine with a cherry blossom character complicated by fresh herbs. Soft, bright and already open for pleasure, the finish is spicy and fresh. 86-88 Pts

Blending 79% Merlot with 21% Cabernet Franc produced a light, ruby-colored wine with a cherry blossom character complicated by fresh herbs. Soft, bright and already open for pleasure, the finish is spicy and fresh. 86-88 Pts

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2012
91
Peppery, flowers and herbs on the nose, with a lush, soft, elegant, kirsch liqueur, finesse styled finish.

Peppery, flowers and herbs on the nose, with a lush, soft, elegant, kirsch liqueur, finesse styled finish.

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75% Cabernet Franc with 25% Merlot create the blend. Flowers, licorice, red berries and elegant textures, dominated by fresh red plums and cherries, are the hallmark of this wine. 90-92 Pts

75% Cabernet Franc with 25% Merlot create the blend. Flowers, licorice, red berries and elegant textures, dominated by fresh red plums and cherries, are the hallmark of this wine. 90-92 Pts

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2011
88
With a large portion of Merlot at 75% and 25% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine opens to truffle, caramel and black cherry. Medium-bodied, with some dryness in the finish, the wine ends with black raspberry sensations. 88-89 Pts

With a large portion of Merlot at 75% and 25% Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine opens to truffle, caramel and black cherry. Medium-bodied, with some dryness in the finish, the wine ends with black raspberry sensations. 88-89 Pts

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2010
93
With a perfume consisting of minerality, cocoa, plums, red and black plums with licorice. In the mouth, the soft, round, sophisticated wine ends with a fennel coated, red and black fruit finish.

With a perfume consisting of minerality, cocoa, plums, red and black plums with licorice. In the mouth, the soft, round, sophisticated wine ends with a fennel coated, red and black fruit finish.

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Le Petit Cheval From 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this medium bodied wine is filled with coco powder, black cherry and licorice, coupled with freshness and round textures. 90-92 Pts

Le Petit Cheval From 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this medium bodied wine is filled with coco powder, black cherry and licorice, coupled with freshness and round textures. 90-92 Pts

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2009
92
Fully developed, this gorgeous, sexy, soft, polished, medium-bodied, silky wine is ready to. Plummy, floral and supple, this is a nice version of a Jr. Cheval Blanc.

Fully developed, this gorgeous, sexy, soft, polished, medium-bodied, silky wine is ready to. Plummy, floral and supple, this is a nice version of a Jr. Cheval Blanc.

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2009 Le Petit Cheval, from 65% cabernet franc and the remainder merlot, is a medium bodied wine filled with silky black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. 90-92 Pts

2009 Le Petit Cheval, from 65% cabernet franc and the remainder merlot, is a medium bodied wine filled with silky black raspberry and boysenberry flavors. 90-92 Pts

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2008
88
Fully mature, the wine is showing its age in the color and with its secondary notes that are already on display. Medium bodied, with spicy red fruits and olive tapenade in the finish, this is ready for prime time drinking.

Fully mature, the wine is showing its age in the color and with its secondary notes that are already on display. Medium bodied, with spicy red fruits and olive tapenade in the finish, this is ready for prime time drinking.

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2007
85
Showing its age in the color, nose and palate, you find roses, spices and cherries in the earthy perfume. Medium bodied, with herbal characteristics over the red fruits, this requires consumption to capture the remaining red fruits before they fade away.

Showing its age in the color, nose and palate, you find roses, spices and cherries in the earthy perfume. Medium bodied, with herbal characteristics over the red fruits, this requires consumption to capture the remaining red fruits before they fade away.

2,548 Views   Tasted
2005
91
From a blend of 57% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot, the wine pops with caramel, black cherry and mint on the nose. There is a nice sweetness to the fruit, round textures and a medium body that makes this ready for prime time drinking today.

From a blend of 57% Cabernet Franc and 43% Merlot, the wine pops with caramel, black cherry and mint on the nose. There is a nice sweetness to the fruit, round textures and a medium body that makes this ready for prime time drinking today.

4,034 Views   Tasted