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Le Petit Cheval 2007

Saint Emilion GC

France - - Red wine

75 cl - 13% vol.

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Press review

Jean-Marc Quarin : 15,5

Lovely purple color of good intensity. Nose of average aromatic intensity, appearing fruity and fresh. Very smooth on entry, the wine melts on the mid-palate, becomes graceful, and evolves with fruity and fine cocoa flavors. With well coated tannins, it finishes on a good tasty length.

The Wine Doctor (4/1/2008) : 16-17+/20

This, the second wine, is more strongly dominated by Cabernet Franc in this vintage than is usual, as it accounts for 70% of the blend, the remainder being Merlot. There is a meaty density here, but fruit purity too, and a brightness which is appealing. On the palate a very firm acid structure combined with rather soft tannins to support a layer of bright and peppery flavours. It has a good grip, and a direct, well defined and elegant style. For a second wine, this stylish effort over-performs.

The Wine Review (Ch'ng Poh Tiong) # 140 (4/14/2008) : XXX1/2

Capsicum, hebaceous, Sichuan dried chilli, red chilli. The tannins are smooth, fresh and elegant. Much like the fruit. (This is the second wine of Chateau Cheval Blanc).

The property in brief

Petit cheval is the second wine of Cheval Blanc. A round and opulent wine, selected rigorously, and this even more since 2000, when a third wine was created.

Owner: Bernard Arnauld, Albert Frère

Administrator: Pierre-Olivier Clouet & Nicolas Corporandy

Manager: Pierre Lurton

Cellar master: Thierry Garraud

Vineyard manager: Jean-Claude David

Oenologist: Gilles Pauquet

Blend of the 2007 vintage: 82% Cabernet Franc, 18% Merlot

Soil: Deep layer of gravelly-sandy soil, sandy-clay soil over compact blue clay, sandy-clay with pseudogley (iron desposit)

Area: 37 hectares

Average age of the vines: 35 years

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