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Le Petit Cheval 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

90-93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "Sweet dark cherries, smoke, menthol and new leather flesh out in the 2014 Petit Cheval, a wine that offers considerable near-term appeal. Creamy and silky in feel, the 2014 is very nicely balanced throughout. Savory herbs, rose petals, lavender and sweet spices add the final layers of nuance on the saline, finely-knit finish. The 2014 is 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc particularly expressive today. The 2014 Petit Cheval is a great example of what a second wine can be, which is to say a smaller-scaled version of the Grand Vin." 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Le Petit Cheval 2014 is a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, representing 25% of the production. Matured in 50% new oak and 50% one-year old wood, it has a voluminous bouquet with black olive-tinged, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, hints of vanilla developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is a linearity here, a strictness and poise. It does not have a fantail of concentrated fruit on the finish, but it does linger in the mouth and delivers an unexpected tang of Shezhuan pepper on the after taste. As my score implies, this deuxième vin is equal to many a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé." 91-94 Points, Wine Spectator: "Very charming, with bright red currant and damson plum fruit, laced with a lively minerality and a lilting bergamot note. Long and silky, this is almost approachable now, but the acidity is so fine that this could be sneakily long-lived in the cellar" 92-93 Points, James Suckling: "Very firm and fresh with blueberry, blackberry and chocolate. Full body, firm tannins. This is long and deep. A very beautiful second wine."

Château Cheval Blanc:
Château Cheval Blanc is one of the rare Bordeaux properties to stay in a single family for over 150 years.

90-93 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "Sweet dark cherries, smoke, menthol and new leather flesh out in the 2014 Petit Cheval, a wine that offers considerable near-term appeal. Creamy and silky in feel, the 2014 is very nicely balanced throughout. Savory herbs, rose petals, lavender and sweet spices add the final layers of nuance on the saline, finely-knit finish. The 2014 is 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc particularly expressive today. The 2014 Petit Cheval is a great example of what a second wine can be, which is to say a smaller-scaled version of the Grand Vin." 90-92 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Le Petit Cheval 2014 is a blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc, representing 25% of the production. Matured in 50% new oak and 50% one-year old wood, it has a voluminous bouquet with black olive-tinged, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, hints of vanilla developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is a linearity here, a strictness and poise. It does not have a fantail of concentrated fruit on the finish, but it does linger in the mouth and delivers an unexpected tang of Shezhuan pepper on the after taste. As my score implies, this deuxième vin is equal to many a Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé." 91-94 Points, Wine Spectator: "Very charming, with bright red currant and damson plum fruit, laced with a lively minerality and a lilting bergamot note. Long and silky, this is almost approachable now, but the acidity is so fine that this could be sneakily long-lived in the cellar" 92-93 Points, James Suckling: "Very firm and fresh with blueberry, blackberry and chocolate. Full body, firm tannins. This is long and deep. A very beautiful second wine."

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