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Le Petit Cheval 2010

Le Petit Cheval - Chateau Cheval Blanc

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The best second wine I have ever tasted from Cheval Blanc is the 2010 Le Petit Cheval. This wine is essentially three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Rivaling the brilliant 2009, thirty percent of the production from this monstrously sized estate made it into this wine, which offers up plenty of white chocolate, cassis and mulberry as well as a hint of roasted herbs. With fleshy, round flavors, full-bodied texture and an amazing finish, this is no second wine, and considerably better than some of the Cheval Blancs of the 1960s and 1970s! Drink it over the next 15 or so years.

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€ 2,400

 October 2015

Le Petit Cheval - Chateau Cheval Blanc

Le Petit Cheval is the second production line of the famous Chateau Cheval Blanc. This top Chateau is a premier wine estate based in Bordeaux, France, located on the right bank in the Saint Emilion Region. The French words ‘Cheval Blanc’ translate to ‘White Horse Castle’, and as of 2012 the prestigious wine producer’s first wine, Cheval Blanc is only one of four to be classified as Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) in the Saint Emilion classification of wine.

The vineyard is renowned for having three distinct characteristics: Pomerol, due to its location right on the boundary, Graves due to the soil composition (gravelly soil) and the remainder is drawn from Saint Emilion. The vineyard of Chateau Cheval Blanc comprises of around 41 hectares, and it produces just under 9,000 cases of wine a year.

2,000 cases

Unclassified

Saint Emilion/Right Bank

41 hectares

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