Chateau Cheval Blanc   Le Petit Cheval

2007 Le Petit Cheval

By Chateau Cheval Blanc

2007 Le Petit Cheval from Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

In the undulating vine-striped landscape of Saint-Émilion, where winemaking wisdom is whispered with hushed reverence, the 2007 Le Petit Cheval from Château Cheval Blanc emerges as a tapestry of subtlety and finesse. This vintage is an articulate ambassador for its legacy; it dances delicately with complexity and poise. Indeed, Château Cheval Blanc's prodigious narrative in wine becomes nuanced with each hesitant step of this vintage.

 

Vintage Variations Worth Investing In

To speak of the 2007 vintage is to recall a year that demanded the utmost resilience and adaptability from vineyard managers. Saint-Émilion was not exempt from these trials. The mercurial climate of 2007 invited a symphony of unpredictable rhythms - yet, it was this very unpredictability that has carved a niche for the 2007 Le Petit Cheval within wine investment circles. I find its age-worthiness particularly compelling—a sentiment echoed by collectors conversant in the language of longevity.

The 2007 vintage reveals an artistry touched by cooler conditions; it resonates with a more moderate alcohol level and remarkably preserved acidity. Such balance beams magnificently through a polished ensemble of flavors reminiscent of redcurrant jelly and dried thyme. And while many oenophiles seek the thunderous opulence of hotter years, this Le Petit Cheval whispers its elegy with grace—and here lies its intimate appeal.

 

An Esoteric Claret for the Finesse-focused Palate

Collectors may consider the pleasantries of depth over breadth with 2007 Le Petit Cheval; it isn't a wine that brandishes muscular tannins, but rather sways with lithe tannic structure—assured yet supple. Each sip offers an olfactory bazaar—spices weave through understated oak influence—with each swallow there is a lingering nuance that begs reflection.

Striding on this less trodden path, 2007 Le Petit Cheval from Château Cheval Blanc finds its strength in whispers over roars—a noteworthy distinction among vintages. This claret enchants with measured sophistication, meriting both glass and cellar space for those embracing deft elegance in their Bordeaux selections.

In summing up, the narrative of this wine is one better savored slowly, emblematic of an era defined not by immediacy but by contemplation—rewarding enthusiasts and investors alike who appreciate nuanced elocution over voluminous declamation. Consider the inclusion of the poised 2007 Le Petit Cheval in your wine investment portfolio, offering an intriguing storyline to any collection.

Market price (CAD)

$2,670.00

12x75cl

Highest score

87

POP score

228.57

Scores and tasting notes

87

Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 2007 Bordeaux tasting. The 2007 Le Petit Cheval has a very dry and very green nose that is torn from the pages of a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc instead of a Saint Emilion. In a strange way, I like it. It suits my style. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly dry tannins. Yes, there is a vein of greenness, but it lends freshness and edginess to this wine. That Loire theme continues from the nose; however, there is fine structure here, and even if the finish feels curt, I would take another sip. Tasted March 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017

85-87

No tasting note available.

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176

86

Tasted blind at the 2007 Bordeaux horizontal in Southwold. This is very meaty on the nose with cedar, smoke and iron rust. It seems a little odd for a 3-year old wine. The palate is very tannic on the entry, dry and a little austere with a leafy, drying finish that tapers away. Tasted January 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2011

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