Love the mineral, violets and berries on the nose. Turns to chocolate too. This is so silky and beautiful, with amazing texture for a second wine. Long and beautiful. It’s like a top Pomerol this year. Better than 2009. 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc.
The best second wine I have ever tasted from Cheval Blanc is the 2010 Le Petit Cheval. This wine is essentially three-fourths Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc. Rivaling the brilliant 2009, thirty percent of the production from this monstrously sized estate made it into this wine, which offers up plenty of white chocolate, cassis and mulberry as well as a hint of roasted herbs. With fleshy, round flavors, full-bodied texture and an amazing finish, this is no second wine, and considerably better than some of the Cheval Blancs of the 1960s and 1970s! Drink it over the next 15 or so years.
92-94 Great dusty tannins, almost too powerful, very solid in character. The wine is chunky, allowing juicy fruits to show. It is a dry wine, certainly not hard.
This is rather backward, with a thick coating of bittersweet ganache over a massive core of roasted fig, blackberry confiture and kirsch, backed by a long, charcoal- and tar-coated structure. The finish is broad, deep and very dark, with plenty of power in reserve. An impressive second wine. Best from 2015 through 2025.
Purplish crimson. A tad overripe on the nose. Over extracted and quite bitter on the end. Lots of good fruit came into the cellar initially, I'm sure, but it's all a bit overdone. Harsh, hot finish. Jancis Robinson
EN PRIMEUR – Intense colour with crimson tints. Concentrated nose marked by red fruit with a vegetal and spice dimension. More of the same fruit on the palate which is powerful and generous with a tightly-wound tannic framework. More oak on the finish. Quite a technical wine. by Gilbert & Gaillard in 2011
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