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Chateau Cheval Blanc - 'Le Petit Cheval' 2020 (750ml)


Price: $222.00

Sale Price: $175.00

Producer Chateau Cheval Blanc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Varietal Bordeaux blend
Vintage 2020
Size 750ml

Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points

The wine's structure is just right for a second wine, rich with open tannins and fruit that shine through impressively. There is a fine juicy quality to this wine that reveals the floral character of the Cabernet Franc in the blend. For medium term aging. 93-95

Decanter: 95 Points

Cola, liquorice and ripe blueberries on the nose - perfumed, heady and expressive. So delicious on the palate, smooth and driving with excellent energy - a youthful tension to the mid-palate. Sleek and stylish with a gorgeous texture, perfectly weighted to give a mouthfilling expression yet keeping a refined and focused delivery of black fruit, liquorice and floral flavours. Impressive and supremely pleasurable - this makes you want a glass immediately. Spicy, and perfumed because of the Cabernet Franc but all the better for it with 59% Cabernet Franc and 41% Merlot. 

Jeb Dunnuck: 94 Points

I wrote in my note on the 2020 Château Cheval Blanc Le Petit Cheval that this is "one hell of a second wine," and it has a kiss of the elegance and complexity found in the top cuvée. Black fruits, roasted herbs, graphite, and scorched earth notes all emerge from this ruby/purple-hued beauty, which has medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, polished tannins, and a great finish. It will drink nicely for 15+ years.

The Wine Cellar Insider: 94 Points

It is easy to think of this as a mini Cheval Blanc due to its gorgeous display of flowers, sweet cherries, spices and tobacco wrappers in the perfume. The wine offers the perfect blend of freshness, silky-refined-textures and purity in the supple fruits on the palate that keep on with you all way through to the finish. There was a time when second wines were simply second wines. That is clearly not the case as this is a solid example of a baby Cheval Blanc. You can enjoy this on release and for the following 2 decades after that. Drink from 2023-2040.

Vinous: 94 Points

The 2020 Le Petit Cheval is stunning. Rich, deep and expansive, the Petit Cheval is outrageously good. In fact, it could easily be mistaken for a Cheval Blanc from anything less than a great vintage. The aromatics are alluring and the balance is sublime; all that really identifies this as a second wine is a bit of mid-palate depth. Sweet floral and spice accents extend the effortless, gracious finish. -- Antonio Galloni

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