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Le Petit Cheval 2005

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2005Le Petit ChevalBT801,620.001289 RP9618089.0089.00Petit Cheval0.75
Bordeaux2005Le Petit Cheval

OWC, excellent levels, 1 label slightly damp stained

1289 RP12161.1111106666789.0089.00Petit Cheval0.75
Bordeaux2005Le Petit ChevalMG201,620.00689 RP1218089.0089.00Petit Cheval1.5
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Tasting Notes

Cheval Blanc’s second wine, the 2005 Le Petit Cheval, possesses some of the character of its bigger sibling. Revealing a slight green streak among the cranberry and black cherry fruit along with medium body and a soft, plush texture, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

Readers should take note of the estate’s second wine, the delicious, up-front, Cheval-like Le Petit Cheval. The 2005 may be the finest example of this cuvee yet produced. Lastly, readers should be aware that the owners of Cheval Blanc recently purchased the nearby La Tour du Pin Figeac, so they now have another 20-acre vineyard which they hope to bring up to an exciting level of quality.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007
James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, February 2008

Wonderful aromas of chocolate, spice and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with really fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Excellent for the second wine of Cheval-Blanc. Gorgeous.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Tasted blind. Blackish ruby. Quite a bit of interest on the nose already. Then a bit spindly with a lack of real fruity core on the mid palate. Some sourness. Could be enjoyed already but there are lots of tannins underneath. 13.5%
Drink 2016-2028

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

50:50 Cabernet Franc:Merlot - comprises 30 per cent of total production at Cheval Blanc in 2005. Extremely deep crimson. Very very rich and flattering on the nose. Lovely dancing lively fruit on the front palate. Gorgeous already with quite a lot of freshness and acidity and a neat, dry finish. A little alcoholic on the finish. Already approachable - Pierre Lurton prefers it to Cheval Blanc at this stage. One of the most open, charming 2005s I've tasted. Great lift. 13.6 per cent. One is extremely aware of very ripe Merlot and gravelly terroir on the nose of this wine. Pounded raspberry note. Drink 2010-22

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006
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