Château Cheval Blanc Le Petit Cheval St. Emilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

$185

The wine is an intense blackcurrant hue. The bouquet is fresh with ripe black fruit, strawberry and raspberry, plus a slightly spicy hint with fine notes of toast and vanilla. The attack is supple, with good volume and elegance, fine-grained tannins and a nice fresh sensation. The long finish with a hint of liquorice gives way to a pronounced red-fruit aftertaste.

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

So, what do you have after a two-hour 2016 Bordeaux tasting marathon? Answer, a 2005 second wine from a very good vintage and what we recognize as a 1st Growth producer even though it’s not with a choice steak from Alexander’s Steakhouse. This 05 Petit Cheval is not its little brother but, it’s a close relative. The nose reveals, ripe, ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, blackberries, plum and baked strawberries. Sweet tarry, anise, graphite, burnt charcoal, limestone minerals, wet clay, crushed dry rocks, touch of pepper, dark berry cola, herbaceous notes, pine sap, eucalyptus, bay leaf, steep black tea, dark red, withering flowers with violets. The body is; full, round, ruby and lush. The tannins are well rounded with firmness. There is still one to decades of life ahead. The structure and tension are still a teenager. The length & balance just starting to live up to what it can be. Ripe, ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, blackberries, plum, baked strawberries with creamy raspberries haunting the palate. Sweet tarry, anise, graphite, burnt charcoal, limestone minerals, wet clay, crushed dry rocks, touch of pepper, dark berry cola, dark chocolate, light caramel, liquid mocha, light medium spice, herbaceous notes, pine sap, eucalyptus, bay leaf, steep black tea, fresh tobacco, moist clay, dark rich turned earth, dark red, withering flowers with violets. Beautifully round acidity. The glorious, sexy, full, ripe, lush, elegant, extremely balanced finish is delicious and persistent for minutes. Photos of, the 2016 UGC banner for the US, the old Chateau Cheval Blanc, their newer modern wine making facilities and my Bone in NY Strip with Wasabi Potato Purée.

So, what do you have after a two-hour 2016 Bordeaux tasting marathon? Answer, a 2005 second wine from a very good vintage and what we recognize as a 1st Growth producer even though it’s not with a choice steak from Alexander’s Steakhouse. This 05 Petit Cheval is not its little brother but, it’s a close relative. The nose reveals, ripe, ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, blackberries, plum and baked strawberries. Sweet tarry, anise, graphite, burnt charcoal, limestone minerals, wet clay, crushed dry rocks, touch of pepper, dark berry cola, herbaceous notes, pine sap, eucalyptus, bay leaf, steep black tea, dark red, withering flowers with violets. The body is; full, round, ruby and lush. The tannins are well rounded with firmness. There is still one to decades of life ahead. The structure and tension are still a teenager. The length & balance just starting to live up to what it can be. Ripe, ruby; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, stewed black plum, blackberries, plum, baked strawberries with creamy raspberries haunting the palate. Sweet tarry, anise, graphite, burnt charcoal, limestone minerals, wet clay, crushed dry rocks, touch of pepper, dark berry cola, dark chocolate, light caramel, liquid mocha, light medium spice, herbaceous notes, pine sap, eucalyptus, bay leaf, steep black tea, fresh tobacco, moist clay, dark rich turned earth, dark red, withering flowers with violets. Beautifully round acidity. The glorious, sexy, full, ripe, lush, elegant, extremely balanced finish is delicious and persistent for minutes. Photos of, the 2016 UGC banner for the US, the old Chateau Cheval Blanc, their newer modern wine making facilities and my Bone in NY Strip with Wasabi Potato Purée.

9.2

Martin G Rivard Delectable Pro

An awesome vintage shared by our gracious friends Rodand Madelyne Fink

An awesome vintage shared by our gracious friends Rodand Madelyne Fink

9.3

Bob Barry Delectable Pro

General Manager Winebow

Thank you BIG time Sal!

Thank you BIG time Sal!

9.8

James Sherrod

Whaaaaaat????

Whaaaaaat????

9.3

Justin Smith

Eucalyptus and raspberry. Stone and wood. Air was a good partner.

Eucalyptus and raspberry. Stone and wood. Air was a good partner.

9.3

Nose Reiko

@Orexis

@Orexis

9.3

David Langstaff Delectable Pro

I want to like this better. Dry tannins. Hoping will integrate with air time. Surprisingl light without much length. Just seems it should be better - especially for '05 and price.

I want to like this better. Dry tannins. Hoping will integrate with air time. Surprisingl light without much length. Just seems it should be better - especially for '05 and price.

8.1

Meredith Langstaff

Light. A little peppery. Maybe some black current.

Light. A little peppery. Maybe some black current.

8.0

David Langstaff Delectable Pro

Surprisingly weak in taste. Great nose of musky, green peppery earth but taste doesn't meet the same standard

Surprisingly weak in taste. Great nose of musky, green peppery earth but taste doesn't meet the same standard

7.7

Meredith Eggers

Perfect choice for a wintery evening at Merrimans.

Perfect choice for a wintery evening at Merrimans.

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    New York, NY 10020

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