2023 Le Petit Cheval St Emilion - 6x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Region St Emilion
  • Drinking 2030 - 2045
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur

2023 - Le Petit Cheval St Emilion - 6x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Cheval Blanc
  • Region St Emilion
  • Drinking 2030 - 2045
  • Case size 6x75cl
  • Available En Primeur
Case price: £720.00 In Bond
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  • Antonio Galloni, April 2024, Score: 92-94

    The 2023 Le Petit Cheval represents 10% of the estate's production and is a blend of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In a way, that results in a Petit Cheval that is very Cheval, meaning very expressive in the bouquet but less giving on the palate. Crushed red berry fruit, cinnamon, star anise, pomegranate and blood orange lend an exotic flair. Bright acids and persistent tannins appear on the finish to give the wine shape, closing with a burst of energy. Superb.

  • Goedhuis Waddesdon, April 2024, Score: 93-95

    An equal 50:50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc highlights the quality of the Cabernet Franc at this great estate, as does the fact that only 10% of its production has gone into this second wine, so volumes are extremely small. A deep opaque colour, with seductive aromatics of peony, cinnamon, Victoria plum and green bean. The initial sensation highlights the freshness and bright red fruit characters of the Cabernet, whilst the volume of Merlot fills out the palate. Some tight, chewy tannins give structure and density ahead of some sweet cocoa and ground coffee bean sweetness on the finish.

  • Jane Anson, April 2024, Score: 93

    Precise carved quality to this Petit Cheval, gorgeous vibrancy to the tannins, savoury cassis and blueberry fruits, with sage, fennel and lemongrass edges, grilled and mouthwatering spices on the finish. Drawn from five plots in 2023.

  • Matthew Jukes, April 2024, Score: 18+

    It’s worth having a quick spin through my Cheval Blanc note before diving into this one because this wine enjoyed the same level of care and attention lavished on the Grand Vin. I am on a one-man crusade to eliminate the word ‘Petit’ from some of the greatest estates in Bordeaux because a decent number of the so-called Petits Vins have outperformed countless other estates in their respective communes, so the name seems not to fit. Accordingly, this is a much more adroit style of the ‘other wine’ at Cheval Blanc in 2023, and it makes a little more noise than normal, too. I feel it is sounding its own trumpet, so everyone knows it is back after a year off (no LPC was made in 2022). The tannin structure is off the scale and certainly far grander than I can remember for this label. As you might imagine, when the harvest was near perfect, and serenity was the name of the game, putting this wine and its parent together on the bench was a doddle. And as LPC must always live up to the build quality of the Grand Vin, only with a more medium-term drinking window in mind, this is a stellar interpretation of this label. With beautiful control, augmented refinement, and oodles of class, this is, not surprisingly, a standout second wine in 2023.

Producer

Château Cheval Blanc

Several years ago, 10 of the world's top wine specialists were asked if they could own a wine estate, which one would it be. At least 5 of them said Château Cheval Blanc. Indeed, this château is like no other. Wonderfully silky and smooth yet powerful, Cheval Blanc is often approachable when young yet has the capacity to age for many years. Its unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc (usually 50% or more) accompanied by...Read more

Several years ago, 10 of the world's top wine specialists were asked if they could own a wine estate, which one would it be. At least 5 of them said Château Cheval Blanc. Indeed, this château is like no other. Wonderfully silky and smooth yet powerful, Cheval Blanc is often approachable when young yet has the capacity to age for many years. Its unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc (usually 50% or more) accompanied by Merlot has undoubtedly contributed to its allure.Read less

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.