Le Petit Cheval 2018

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Chateau Cheval Blanc, Le Petit Cheval, 2018

Tasting Notes Le Petit Cheval 2018

93-95

This year, this is truly a baby Cheval, right in line with the grand vin, commented Technical Director Pierre-Olivier Couet. Ten percent of the total production this year went into this second label of Cheval Blanc. Composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Le Petit Cheval needs a lot of coaxing to encourage subtle nuances of crushed rocks, fallen leaves, potpourri and fertile loam to emerge before giving way to fragrant notes of warm blueberries, black raspberries, kirsch and unsmoked cigars with a touch of Marmite toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers layers of fresh, crunchy black fruits and loads of earthy sparks, framed by soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Advocate, 23rd April 2019
93-94

This shows beautiful density of fruit, but the tannins arrive at the end and show impressive length and density. Full body. Wild fruit. Excellent second wine from Cheval.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com - April 2019
92

Juicy, precise and elegant, this is also extremely well balanced. It has soft black fruits, liquorice and gently smoked cedar. The sensation of density is almost hidden at first but in terms of numbers, the tannins are the highest since 2011. Through the palate the sensation increases to a soft two-point jab between tannins and fruit. Picked 11 September to 11 October. Fewer young plots are in the wine this year as the dryness of the summer meant some blockages, so they sold off 16% in bulk, with just 10% going into Petit Cheval (from five diverse plots of clay, gravel and sand).

Jane Anson
Decanter - April 2019
90-93

The 2018 Petit Cheval represents 10% of the estate's production and is taken from a collection of five parcels that span all of the three main soil types of the property: sand, gravel and clay, all of which were, incidentally, in the Grand Vin in 2016. A wine of remarkable harmony and class, the 2018 Petit Cheval possesses striking textural depth and nuance. Succulent black cherry, mocha, grilled herb, licorice and menthol build in a voluptuous, racy Petit Cheval that will drink well right out of the gate. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc.

Antonio Galloni
Vinous - April 2019

Le Petit Cheval Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Le Petit Cheval 2018 Chateau Cheval Blanc POA 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2017 Chateau Cheval Blanc POA 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2016 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,438.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2015 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,196.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2014 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,287.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2014 Chateau Cheval Blanc £660.00 6x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2013 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,287.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2012 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,341.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2011 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,341.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2010 Chateau Cheval Blanc £2,050.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2009 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,500.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2008 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,341.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2007 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,402.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2006 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,675.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2005 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,700.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2004 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,917.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2003 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,500.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2002 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,944.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2001 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,578.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 2000 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,700.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 1999 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,440.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 1998 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,550.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 1997 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,700.00 12x75cl
Le Petit Cheval 1996 Chateau Cheval Blanc £1,476.00 12x75cl