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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Chateau Cheval Blanc Le Petit Cheval 2004
Chateau Cheval Blanc Le Petit Cheval 2004
(search item no. 101807)

PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $75.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 James Suckling rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color is a nice dark red with mauve rim, revealing the great youth of this Petit Cheval. The good aromatic intensity combines warm scents of crushed black fruit with hints of toast. The bouquet opens up nicely when the wine is swirled around the glass. The attack is supple and clean, and the structure is sound but not aggressive. The tannins are mellow and elegant, and the finish has a slight touch of menthol.
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About Chateau Cheval Blanc:

The present-day Cheval Blanc vineyards had vines at least as far back as the 18th century, as shown by Belleyme's map of the region dated 1764. Nearly a century later, the estate was acquired by the Fourcaud-Laussac family who owned it until 1998, when it was sold to Mr Bernard Arnault and Baron Albert Frère.

The vineyard is in a single block, and borders on the Pomerol appellation. An outstanding terror and unusual proportions of Cabernet Franc and Merlot give this great wine an absolutely unique flavor. Château Cheval Blanc has had a greater number of outstanding vintages than any other classified great growth over the past century.

Another unusual characteristic of Cheval Blanc is that once it reaches its peak, it maintains it for a very long time. This admirable wine is powerful, soft, rich, round and silky. It has tremendous fruit and elegance as well as exceptional quality from year to year.