The second wine of Château Cheval Blanc is packed with wood flavors and spice. A toasty wine, it also has solid tannins plus fragrant fruitiness. Already the fruit is coming through strongly and it is for medium-term aging. (RV)
A wine with pretty balance of fruit and spices, with berry, hazelnut and cocoa. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Second wine of Cheval. Better in 2015.
Polished, offering good mouthfeel to the layers of fig sauce, crushed plum and licorice. Judicious toast frames the finish, with a hint of charcoal adding length. A little lighter than when tasted from barrel, but still balanced and refined without trying too hard. (JM, Web Only-2014)
The second wine of Cheval Blanc is very good in 2011, with no rough edges and a very good sense of balance and style. Like the entire portfolio in this vintage, the Le Petit Cheval is quite a polished wine, offering up a bouquet of dark berries, woodsmoke, coffee bean, menthol, dark soil tones and a nice base of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, suave and quite refined, with a good core of fruit, soft tannins and very good length on the elegant and suave finish. As the grand vin has more cabernet franc in it this year than has been the case for several vintages, the Petit Cheval has a higher percentage of merlot this year. However, one can clearly see here that the soil at Cheval Blanc continued to ripen the merlot fully, as there is no signs of coarseness on the palate. Good juice that will drink pretty early by the standards of the vintage.
The quality of Cheval Blanc’s second wine continues to go from strength to strength. For example, the 2011 Le Petit Cheval reveals savory, high-brow nuances along with black currant, black cherry, spice box and mineral notes. Round, generous and medium-bodied, this sleeper of the vintage is ideal for drinking over the next decade or more. (RP)
Bright medium red. Strawberry, redcurrant and violet on the nose. Juicy and vinous, with redcurrant and delicate coffee flavors showing good sweetness and plenty of early appeal. Finishes moderately long and a bit simple, with a hint of dusty minerals, repeating floral nuances and smooth tannins. A lovely wine expressing pristine aromas and flavors. Pierre Lurton and technical director Pierre-Olivier Clouet told me that the final blend is 72% merlot and 28% cabernet franc (it was 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc during the Primeurs). (ID)
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