The 2016 Le Petit Cheval comes from just three, sandier parcels and continues the estate s policy of blending as much of the entire vineyard into the Grand Vin as possible without compromising quality. It has a generous black cherry, boysenberry and fig-scented bouquet with light cedar aromas courtesy of the Cabernet Franc. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannin and a crisp line of acidity. I appreciate the freshness here, the linearity and approachability, and the subtle graphite tincture toward the finish. Quite elegant in style. Drink this over the next decade.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2032
38% Cabernet Franc. Tasted blind. Lightly soapy on the nose but with some greenness and freshness. Racy and with fruit that is just ripe enough. Slightly drying tannins but good weight and persistence.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
Robert Parker 94
The 2016 Le Petit Cheval is composed of 62% Merlot and 38% Cabernet Franc. Medium garnet-purple colored, it has a knock-out nose featuring beautiful red rose, black tea, unsmoked cigars, menthol and yeast extract scents with a core of black cherries, kirsch and warm plums plus a waft of dusty soil. Medium-bodied, tightly wound and wonderfully perfumed in the mouth, the palate features loads of vibrant, pristine pure fruit and a beautifully soft texture, finishing very long.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045