The 1999 Le Petit Cheval has quite a high-toned, iodine-tinged bouquet with more blue fruit than expected. The palate has a fine grip and good backbone, and features cedar- and graphite-infused black fruit. I admire the density here. Impressive for a 20-year-old second wine, with a touch of clove and allspice toward the finish. Perfect to pop the cork now – and this is, dare I say, just about as good as the Grand Vin! Tasted from an ex-château bottle at the estate.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2027