Château Cheval Blanc

Le Petit Cheval St. Emilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.27 ratings
8.92 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

The nose reveals, ripe, slightly baked & candied; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, strawberries haunt the high nose & cooked rhubarb. Forest floor, elegant, soft, understated dark spices, hints of wild mushrooms, steep fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry clay & top soil, dry river stone, cedar, tobacco leaf, soft, used leather, fresh red flowers, violets and dark withering floral bouquet.

The body is full, round, creamy, lush and glides effortlessly over the palate. The tannins are about 55% resolved, dark and still a little sticky & tarry. It hasn’t hit its peak. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a good place but, another 3-5 years of patience will definitely be rewarded. Fruits are ripe, slightly baked & candied; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, strawberries haunt the high nose & cooked rhubarb. Forest floor, elegant, soft, understated dark spices, hints of wild mushrooms, herbaceous notes, mint, steep fruit tea, limestone minerals, crushed dry rock powder, dry clay & top soil, dry river stone, dry stems, cedar, tobacco leaf, soft, used leather, beautiful florals of fresh red flowers, violets, lavender and dark withering floral bouquet. The acidity is nice but off from the better Le Petit Cheval vintages. The finish is still more earth dominate than fruit but nonetheless enjoyable and persistent.

Better with food (steak) than on its own. 3 hour decant.

Photos of, the original Chateau, new cylinder cone style stainless tanks, barrel room and the new modern addition to the Chateau in complete modern contrast to the historic Chateau.

The nose reveals, ripe, slightly baked & candied; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, strawberries haunt the high nose & cooked rhubarb. Forest floor, elegant, soft, understated dark spices, hints of wild mushrooms, steep fruit tea, limestone minerals, dry clay & top soil, dry river stone, cedar, tobacco leaf, soft, used leather, fresh red flowers, violets and dark withering floral bouquet.

The body is full, round, creamy, lush and glides effortlessly over the palate. The tannins are about 55% resolved, dark and still a little sticky & tarry. It hasn’t hit its peak. The structure, tension, length and balance are in a good place but, another 3-5 years of patience will definitely be rewarded. Fruits are ripe, slightly baked & candied; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, black plum, raspberries, strawberries haunt the high nose & cooked rhubarb. Forest floor, elegant, soft, understated dark spices, hints of wild mushrooms, herbaceous notes, mint, steep fruit tea, limestone minerals, crushed dry rock powder, dry clay & top soil, dry river stone, dry stems, cedar, tobacco leaf, soft, used leather, beautiful florals of fresh red flowers, violets, lavender and dark withering floral bouquet. The acidity is nice but off from the better Le Petit Cheval vintages. The finish is still more earth dominate than fruit but nonetheless enjoyable and persistent.

Better with food (steak) than on its own. 3 hour decant.

Photos of, the original Chateau, new cylinder cone style stainless tanks, barrel room and the new modern addition to the Chateau in complete modern contrast to the historic Chateau.

Nov 18th, 2018
Alvaro Bustillos

Ernesto cordero

Ernesto cordero

Sep 22nd, 2023
Brook Sargeant

Not bad for a $500 bottle of wine!

Not bad for a $500 bottle of wine!

Apr 11th, 2014
Naoki Sato

20150107 vigneron

20150107 vigneron

Mar 16th, 2015
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Enna had this 10 years ago

Enna had this 10 years ago

Dec 17th, 2013
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Ceyla had this 9 years ago

Feb 28th, 2015
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Thaer had this 10 years ago

Jan 1st, 2014
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Chetan had this 11 years ago

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