2020 Le Petit Cheval Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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DC 95 WE 95 JA 94 JD 94 JL 94 VN 94 WA 91 WS 91
DC 95

Decanter, January 2023

Cola, liquorice and ripe blueberries on the nose - perfumed, heady and expressive. So delicious on the palate, smooth and driving with excellent energy - a youthful tension to the mid-palate. Sleek and stylish with a...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, June 2021

(WE 93–95 points) The wine's structure is just right for a second wine, rich with open tannins and fruit that shine through impressively. There is a fine juicy quality to this wine that reveals the floral character of...
JA 94

janeanson.com, December 2022

So much complexity and layers, wonderfully fragrant, raspberry, damson fruits with points of orange and mandarin peel that give flecks of minerality and bitterness in the best way. Balanced acidities, and a serious...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

I wrote in my note on the 2020 Château Cheval Blanc Le Petit Cheval that this is "one hell of a second wine," and it has a kiss of the elegance and complexity found in the top cuvée. Black fruits, roasted herbs, graphite...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2023

It is easy to think of this as a mini Cheval Blanc due to its gorgeous display of flowers, sweet cherries, spices and tobacco wrappers in the perfume. The wine offers the perfect blend of freshness, silky-refined-textures...
VN 94

Vinous, February 2023

The 2020 Le Petit Cheval is stunning. Rich, deep and expansive, the Petit Cheval is outrageously good. In fact, it could easily be mistaken for a Cheval Blanc from anything less than a great vintage. The aromatics are...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2023

(91+ points) The 2020 Le Petit Cheval offers up aromas of minty cherries, plums, raw cocoa, mint and spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and voluptuous palate underpinned by a broad-shouldered chassis of...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, January 2023

Sleek and solid, with a well-defined core of dark currant and black cherry puree lined with black licorice and sweet tobacco. Boasts black tea and warm paving stone accents through the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Franc...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Le Petit Cheval is a Bordeaux Blend wine hailing from the renowned Saint Emilion sub-region of Bordeaux, France. With its deep, rich color and elegant label, it exudes sophistication and charm. This red wine is a true gem that has garnered high praise from critics and wine enthusiasts alike.

On the nose, the 2020 Le Petit Cheval greets you with enticing aromas of cola, liquorice, and ripe blueberries. It is a perfumed and expressive bouquet that immediately captures your attention. As you take your first sip, you'll discover a wine that is smooth, delicious, and full of energy. The palate is marked by a youthful tension and a sleek, stylish texture. The wine offers a mouthfilling experience while maintaining a refined and focused delivery of black fruit, liquorice, and floral flavors.

The blend consists of 59% Cabernet Franc and 41% Merlot, resulting in a wine that is both spicy and perfumed. The Cabernet Franc brings its distinctive character to the blend, adding complexity and depth. The balance achieved in this wine is nothing short of sublime, showcasing the winemaker's expertise and attention to detail.

Critics have been effusive in their praise for the 2020 Le Petit Cheval. Decanter awarded it an impressive score of 95, describing it as "impressive and supremely pleasurable." Vinous also gave it a score of 94, noting its alluring aromatics and effortless, gracious finish. Wine Enthusiast scored it 95, highlighting its rich structure and juicy quality.

This wine is built to age, with the potential for medium-term aging. However, it can also be enjoyed now for its immediate pleasure. It is a wine that will continue to evolve and develop over the years, rewarding those who choose to cellar it.

In conclusion, the 2020 Le Petit Cheval is a remarkable Bordeaux Blend that showcases the best of Saint Emilion. Its complex aromas, delicious flavors, and refined texture make it a wine that stands out from the crowd. Whether you're a seasoned wine enthusiast or a casual drinker, this wine is sure to impress and delight.