Second Look: 2021 Petit Cheval - A Superb Bordeaux Dry White
The newly-released Le Petit Cheval 2021 is a fantastic wine and already selling fast. From a top-quality vintage for dry whites and newly rated at an excellent 95 points by Jane Anson, this comes very close to the score of the likes of La Mission Haut Brion Blanc and the Pavillon Blanc de Chateau Margaux and does so at a fraction of the price. We’ve seen a rapid response from our mailing earlier today so we thought well worth re-highlighting.
A rarity, even on release:
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Petit Cheval is subject to the same meticulous and skilful winemaking that crafts the celebrated Cheval Blanc. First produced in 2014, Le Petit Cheval Blanc is drawn from 12 distinct plots – particularly suited to white varieties – totalling just 6.5 hectares in total. This makes it rare, even on release, especially when from a top vintage like this.
2021 was excellent for dry whites:
For Antonio Galloni, “Two-thousand twenty-one is a brilliant vintage for the dry whites of Bordeaux… the wines have the energy that is often associated with cooler seasons, but the textural richness that is often only achieved in warm years. That duality makes the best 2021 whites compelling and absolutely riveting in the finest examples.”For Jeff Leve, it was “this is the best vintage for white Bordeaux wine in years. The wines offer everything fans of Bordeaux Blanc could ever want in a wine.”
95 points from Jane Anson:
Jane Anson recently published her overwhelmingly positive thoughts on the 2021 Petit Cheval. A wine that clearly benefits from unusually long ageing in the barrel on the lees for added texture, structure and ageing potential, it has “a lovely density through the mid palate”and is “great quality”. As mentioned, it comes close to the much more expensive rivals such as the Pavillon Blanc from Chateau Margaux and La Mission Haut Brion Blanc.
For white wine collectors looking for something outside of the usual hunting grounds in Burgundy, Petit Cheval is an excellent option, but with just a couple of thousand cases made, sourcing it is difficult, making it one to secure now. Do let us know if you would like to secure a case or two.
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2021 Le Petit Cheval
£297 per case (3*75cl OWC) in bond
95 points Jane Anson
White pear, sage, mango and citrus set the tone for this vibrant and juicy vintage of Le Petit Cheval. A touch of fennel and aniseed bitterness on the finish contrasts with a lovely density through the mid palate, and the whole thing is given lift, salinity and spice from waves of subtle oyster shell, lime zest and ginger. Lingering finish, great quality. Very few Bordeaux whites have this kind of long barrel ageing on lees, 10% new oak, spread across a mix of 600l demi-muids for 20% of the volume and the rest in larger oak casks in a range of sizes. Estate director Pierre-Olivier Clouet
. (2023) www.janeanson.com
Offered subject to final confirmation. Lead times to be confirmed.