Ripe and fleshy, but restrained and stylish overall, with layers of warm raspberry coulis, blackberry preserves and plum sauce melding beautifully with the smoldering tobacco, anise and loam details. The loam edge keeps the elements grounded through the finish. (JM)
This second wine of Château Cheval Blanc is ripe, dominated by soft, juicy Merlot. It is rich, full of jammy red berry fruits and finely integrated, gentle tannins. It's full bodied, generous and developing well. (RV)
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Le Petit Cheval has a low-key nose that might be lost in the crowd of its more ostentatious peers, but it is well-defined with beautifully integrated oak, briary and graphite aromas developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, a keen line of acidity and an almost Left Bank finish that deserves a round of applause. Under blind conditions, I was not the only one to give this one of my most positive comments against the "big boys." Not to be underestimated. (NM)
A refined and firm red with dried cherries, spices and coffee beans. Full to medium body, fine tannins and a delicious finish.
The 2012 Petit Cheval is striking for many reasons, not the least of which is a very high percentage of Cabernet Franc that gives the wine much of its aromatic presence and overall depth. Deceptively medium-bodied in structure, the 2012 possesses remarkable balance and harmony. There is little question the 2012 Petit Cheval is better than the Grand Vin at many other properties. Rose petal, lavender, violet and mint notes leave a lasting impression on the finish. (AG)
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