Le Petit Cheval (White) 2015
Aromas of dried mangoes, lemon rind and cream. Undertones of violets and lavender. Full-bodied and dense with great length. Lovely, fine phenolic tension. Beautiful structure. Amazing length. The tannins are alive. Pure sauvignon blanc. 4,500 bottles made. Drink or hold for many years ahead.
|Score: 97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Le Petit Cheval Blanc, the new white wine from Cheval Blanc, comes from four parcels encircling the winery. Pierre-Olivier told me that the wine underwent 19 months of barrel aging, inspired by Burgundy winemakers who matured their wine for two winters. They use 600-liter barrels and foudres (15 to 30 hectoliters in size). It has an attractive bouquet with scents of yellow flowers, jasmine and orange blossom that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is fresh on the entry with a fine line of acidity, lightly spiced with touches of lemongrass, Cornice pear and a long finish with hints of grapefruit and a saline note. Excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2030.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
This is only the second vintage to be produced from what was formerly the La Tour du Pin Figeac vineyard, just across the road from Cheval Blanc. Produced from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, it was aged for 20 months in 50% new oak, one-third demi-muids and two-thirds larger barrels. The 2015 Le Petit Cheval Blanc opens slowly to reveal delicate white peaches, honeysuckle, mandarin peel and yuzu zest notes with touches of blanched almonds, baking bread and fresh hay. Medium-bodied with a compelling quiet intensity in the mouth and electric line of refreshing acidity, it has a lovely silkiness to the texture and very long, savory finish. 4,000 bottles were made. 2019 - 2030
|Score: 94||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018|
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