Le Petit Cheval blanc 2020

Le Petit Cheval blanc 2020


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Sauvignon Blanc 82%, Semillon 18%
weiß, trocken
13,0% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2023–2045
Verpackt in: 3er OHK
Lobenberg: 96–97/100
Galloni: 96/100
Suckling: 96/100
Frankreich, Bordeaux, Saint Emilion
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Heiner Lobenberg über:
Le Petit Cheval blanc 2020


Lobenberg: Dieser weiße Cheval ist auf kleineren sandigen und lehmigen Teilen von Cheval Blanc zu Beginn des Jahrtausends gepflanzt worden. 12 winzige Parzellen fließen hier ein. Biologisch berabeitet, Handlese, Ganztraubenpressung mit 80% Sauvignon Blanc und 20% Semillon. Vergärung nur im Holz von 600 Litern bis 3 Hektoliter, Malo und Ausbau auf der Feinhefe 18 Monate im neuen und gebrauchten französischen Barrique. Das Holz ist aber in der Nase sehr moderat. Blumige und mineralisch salzige Eindrücke dominieren. Im Mund erstaunlich frisch, Zitronengras, Bergamotte, Renekloden und weißer Pfirsich. Grüne Avocado, feinste provencalische Krautwürze und immer wieder die Frische von Limetten nebst Zitronemelisse im Abgang, Sehr eleganter und mineralisch frischer Wein, erinnert ein wenig an den Pavillon Blanc von Chateau Margaux. Tolles Debut. 96-97/100


Galloni über: Le Petit Cheval blanc

-- Galloni: The 2020 Le Petit Cheval (Blanc) is fabulous. Rich, creamy and wonderfully expansive, the 2020 is just gorgeous. Lemon confit, white flowers, passion fruit and a touch of oak all grace this wonderfully expressive dry white from Cheval Blanc. I especially like how the 2020 gains freshness with aeration, always a good sign with whites. There's tremendous precision and class here. 96/100


Suckling über: Le Petit Cheval blanc

-- Suckling: Rather tropical fruit aromas like pineapple and mangoes, as well as white peaches and lemons with hints of stones and minerals. It’s full-bodied with plenty of fruit, yet it’s fresh and steely. Lots of white peaches at the end. Hints of lees too, like bread dough. 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% semillon. 96/100

Weingut über: Le Petit Cheval blanc

-- Weingut: For more than 10 years, Château Cheval Blanc has challenged itself to produce a great white wineon this small 6.6 hectares vineyard nested in the parcels of its elder. A genuine variation, in white, of the identity of Cheval Blanc, this wine is a blend of some 12 different plots, on sandy and clay soils, where 80% sauvignon blanc and 20% sémillon fit perfectly. The 2020 vintage starts with rather dry and mild January and February. March was very rainy in the first decade and surprisingly mild between 18th and 24th. April, May and June were mild and very rainy until June 20th. After this date and until August 12th the weather was extremely dry, more than 60 days without rain, and very hot with summer temperatures in excess regularly approaching 35 to 37 degrees. Ten days before picking, the temperatures dropped and the weather was cloudy. The final ripening of the grapes fortunately took place under fresher conditions, preserving the aromas of the wine. The first trimester saw above-normal temperatures, which led to the earliest budburst this young vineyard has ever seen, on March 19th for the Semillon and March 21st for the Sauvignon. Flowering and veraison were extremely rapid (1 week for flowering and 8 days for veraison) and very homogeneous. Water stress appeared in mid-July, remaining moderate until the harvest. The harvest, which was very early, took place from August 19th to 24th, with good health grapes. Slight leaf thinning in the rising sun homogenises the ripening process, and inhibits 'green varietal' notes, sometimes attributed to Sauvignon Blanc, giving rise to floral, fruity and mineral wines. At the end of pressing, the lightly settled grape musts ferment in demi-muids (600L), foudres (15hL) and wooden vats (15, 20, 25 and 30 hL). After vinification, the rhythm of stirring, initially on a daily basis, decreases, according to the team's tastings. The wines blended in February continue to age for 18 months. Then they are racked into vats, for massing, stabilisation, fining and clarification, and are finally bottled on 18 May 2022.A particularly successful vintage for Le Petit Cheval blanc, with bergamot, citrus, slightly grapefruit, fruity touches of pear, white flesh fruit. Freshness and a mineral note that probably comes from the ageing in large vessels. The nose is bright, fresh, precise and clean. The palate is vibrant, with a beautiful attack, freshness, tension, a relatively strong acidity, salinity and nice bitters that lengthen the mouth, and which compose with a beautiful volume, wide, creamy. A very nice balance for a wine that is already accessible, from its youngest age.

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Cheval Blanc

Was lässt sich über das 1er Grand Cru Classe Cheval Blanc sagen, das nicht bereits alle (Wein-)Welt wüsste? Cheval Blanc ist eines der Weingüter an der absoluten Spitze im Bordeaux, die Weine sind körperreich, üppig, reif, sehr geschliffen und elegant, außergewöhnlich und schlicht begeisternd.

Le Petit Cheval blanc 2020