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.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
The 2011 Le Petit Cheval (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc) is very Pomerol-like (not surprising since this vineyard sits on the Pomerol/St.-Emilion border). Abundant notes of berries, leafy underbrush, currants, plums and a hint of Asian spices are found in this attractive, fruit-forward effort. Enjoy it over the next decade.
|Score: 87/89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
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.
|Score: 88/90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
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.
|Score: 90||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014|
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.
|Score: 90/91||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
The second wine of Chateau Cheval Blanc is made from 20% of Cheval Blanc's fruit with a further 15% being sold off in bulk. The blend often has more Merlot than the grand vin itself - 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc. This wine is beautifully creamy, silky, smooth and seductive. A lovely, rounded genuine Saint Emilion with no hard edges. Delicious and will drink well from an early age. If only more Saint Emilions tasted like this. Lovely.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
Using far less Cabernet Franc than the grand vin at Chevel Blanc in 2011, this is nevertheless one of the leading second wines of the vintage. Chocolate and a hint of green bean on the nose, this is leafy and quite forward with appealing spice, toasty oak, fine-grained tannins and good length. 8+ years.
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
75% Merlot as in 2010. Delicate berry fragrance. Acidity is underlined and a firm structure and finish. Drink 2018-2028.
|Score: 16.5||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012|