The 2014 Le Petit Cheval Blanc, the first release to be commercialized, has a crisp and well-defined bouquet with scents of linden, yellow flowers and citrus fruit. Certainly there are no pyrazine elements here that Pierre-Olivier Clouet told me that he wanted to avoid. The palate is taut and linear, the acidity noticeable, conveying a light marine influence towards the finish with lip-smacking salinity on the aftertaste. It is a neutral style of Bordeaux Blanc that deftly disguises the oak. It is an impressive wine, though I wager that it will be even more so once the Sémillon comes on board in 2018. (NM)
100% Sauvignon Blanc. Yield 27 hl/ha. 6,000 vines/ha. Harvested 11 to 16 September. Aged in 600-litre French oak barrels for 15-18 months, 50% new and 50% second fill. First vintage. Creamy, citric, waxy and sophisticated. Lovely herbal notes, but the mix of flavours on the palate is beautifully complex and engaging. The fruit is so well restrained, yet it has the distinctive structure of Sauvignon Blanc. Fine powdery texture. Layers of delicious intensity on the finish. Already three dimensional -- even four, given time. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2018-2028. (RH)
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