2016 Le Petit Cheval (750ml)

Merlot from Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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2016 Le Petit Cheval
Review Score: 94JS, 94WE, 93V, 92WA

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This is a red with pinpoint but also beautiful tannin, fruit and acid focus. Medium to full body and a tight center palate. Creamy texture. Really excellent. Best second wine of Cheval Blanc in years.

93-94 points, James Suckling (Apr 2017)

There's not much of Cheval Blanc's second wine this year (7% of total production), because the majority went into the top wine. Packed with fruit, fine acidity and gentle tannins, the Merlot-Cabernet Franc blend will develop quickly.

92-94 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast (2017)

The 2016 Petit Cheval is gorgeous. Translucent, expressive and finely-knit, the 2016 captures the gracious side of the estate and vintage beautifully. The 2016 tilts heavily to Merlot in the blend, but it is the brighness of the Franc that drives the wine. In 2016, the Petit Cheval is a wine of precision and freshness above all else.

90-93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Apr 2017)

The 2016 Le Petit Cheval is a blend of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc from three parcels, representing 7% of the total production. Matured in 60% new oak, it has an attractive bouquet with raspberry preserve, pressed flowers and a touch of orange rind. The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation and poise, a fine prickle of acidity, maybe a tad tight having just been wrenched from barrel but with fine salinity on the finish. Be advised to give this three or four years in bottle just to smooth out that slight rigidity on the finish.

90-92 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Issue # 230 - Apr 2017)