2011 Petit Cheval

Petit Cheval

90Average Score
Red
12x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 16 Marketplace
£1,446.00
Bts
-
0 Immediate | 2 Marketplace
£123.00
6x75cl
-
0 Immediate | 10 Marketplace
£722.00
6xMags
-
0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace
£1,446.00
Scores & Notes
Average Score
90
Critic Notes

Heavy bottle. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 55% new oak (less than usual). Deep cherry red. Beautiful restraint and that wonderful, gentle freshness. Gliding tannins, no sweetness, though there's fragrant fruit, and I cannot avoid the word mineral. Very very sublte. Not especially aromatic. Utterly tender and fine. Not powder, not dusty, just so refined. The wine disappears gently on the finish evanescent rather than short. Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com

Score: 17.5-/20Jancis Robinson

Offers a plush, supple, nicely rounded feel, offering notes of creamy plum and cherry preserves, with perfumy spice gliding in on the finish. Still youthfully primal, but there are no angles or austerity here, just pure fruit. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

Score: 90-93/100Wine Spectator

This is well done for the second wine of Cheval with orange peel and chocolate with hints of hazelnut. Full to medium body, with fine tannins and a lovely finish. This is the first year that the wines of Cheval were made parcel by parcel in the new winery. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Score: 90-91/100James Suckling

FINE+RARE

Score: 16.5-/20FINE+RARE

75% Merlot as in 2010. Delicate berry fragrance. Acidity is underlined and a firm structure and finish. Drink 2018-2028. Decanter.com

Score: 16.5-/20Decanter

Representing just 20% of the total production (with 15% sold off in bulk), the Le Petit Cheval is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It has a light, airy bouquet with dark berry fruit. There is just a touch of leafiness but it is fresh and well defined. The palate is a little chunky on the entry with grippy tannins. It is a little rustic and disjointed at the moment, although it should meld together with time. Leaving my glass for a few minutes it offers some attractive herbaceous/tertiary flavours towards the finish. This will probably drink over the next 5-8 years. Tasted April 2012.Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

Score: 88-90/100Neal Martin

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. Apr 2014, www.robertparker.com

Score: 89-/100Robert Parker
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Product details
Country
France
Region
Bordeaux
Sub-region
Saint Emilion
Colour
Red
Taste
Dry
Alcohol %
-
Product Type
Still wine
Product Subtype
-
Drinking Window
-
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