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Fleur Cardinale Bordeaux Blend Wine 2012

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

This full-bodied beauty exhibits a dense opaque purple color in addition to copious notes of creme de cassis kirsch licorice and incense. It should drink well for 15-20 years. This will be a sleeper of the vintage. A superstar of the vintage (not surprising given how successful the proprietors the Decoster family have been over the last decade or more) this 58-acre vineyard located near the village of St.-Etienne de Lisse enjoyed yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place extremely late between October 22 and November 3. The final blend of 80% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon came in at 13.5% natural alcohol. Every detail both in the vineyard and the winery is looked after by the meticulous owners. This will be a sleeper of the vintage as the Decosters have been among the most realistic proprietors in Bordeaux when it comes to pricing their wines. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.

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Château Fleur Cardinale:
This estate was bought by Florence and Dominique Decoster in 2001 and after investing a great deal of time,effort and money it was promoted to Grand Cru Classse status in the contentious 2006 classification of Saint Emilion and confirmed in 2012 There are two other Saint Emilions made from separate plots; the Croix Cardinale and the Secret de Cardinale plus a second wine made from the younger vines the Bois Cardinale

External Reviews for Fleur Cardinale Bordeaux Blend Wine

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

This full-bodied beauty exhibits a dense opaque purple color in addition to copious notes of creme de cassis kirsch licorice and incense. It should drink well for 15-20 years. This will be a sleeper of the vintage. A superstar of the vintage (not surprising given how successful the proprietors the Decoster family have been over the last decade or more) this 58-acre vineyard located near the village of St.-Etienne de Lisse enjoyed yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place extremely late between October 22 and November 3. The final blend of 80% Merlot 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon came in at 13.5% natural alcohol. Every detail both in the vineyard and the winery is looked after by the meticulous owners. This will be a sleeper of the vintage as the Decosters have been among the most realistic proprietors in Bordeaux when it comes to pricing their wines. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 11/14/2013

70% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon. 15% potential alcohol. From a 20-hectare property on a high point to the east of the town of St. Emilion. Average vine age is 35 years planted in rich clay atop limestone. Soils are primarily clay-limestone. Grapes are sorted by hand before and after de-stemming with fermentation in small stainless steel vats. The wine is aged in 100% new oak. Crimson core with a garnet rim. The wine opens with aromas of smoked meats plum red currant and spice complemented by prune chocolate and a soft floral accent. Full-bodied and showcasing the vintage with racy acidity and subdued tannins. Roasted coffee mocha and lavender flavors lead to an elegant yet powerful finish. Give this 3-5 years after bottling and enjoy for the following 10-15. Jean Philippe Fort consults. Tasted three times. Drink 2016-2030. Jeff Loo.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 11/14/2013

Vineyards are planted to 70% merlot 15% cabernet franc 15% cabernet sauvignon. 18 hectare vineyard with average vine age of 35 years planted on rich clay atop limestone (next to Valandraud and Rol Valentin). Yields were a meager 36 hls/ha. Hand harvested and twice table sorted. No pumping of the harvest the must or the wine. About 13 months in 100% new oak. The bouquet offers a milange of expressive and complex aromas that are pure and enticing as cassis and cherry compote mingle with powerful mint nuances that lead into multi-layered fruit expressions on the palate. Although richly textured and almost approaching viscous there is no sense of overripe fruit that can be found in other examples from the appellation and silky tannins finish the thrilling experience. A terrific wine. Hard to resist now expect increasing complexity until maturity arrives over the next twenty years. Jean-Philippe Fort (Rolland) consults as does neighbor Jean-Luc Thunevin. Chuck Hayward.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

70% Merlot 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc. Bittersweet chocolate with nice full richness without being over the top. This is not a shy wine. Plenty of tannins but very appropriate given the gobs of fruit. Terrific texture. Tasted three times. John Sweeney.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2003 11/14/2013

As suggested in previous reports Fleur-Cardinale has become a seriously run estate under the new owners Dominique and Florence Decoster. The vineyard consists of 45 acres planted (in rich clay/limestone soils) with 70% Merlot 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The winemaking team represents a partnership between Michel Rolland s top assistant Jean-Philippe Fort and Jean-Luc Thunevin. The 2003 s deep ruby/purple color is followed by superb scents of roasted herbs meat black cherry jam cassis licorice smoke and a hint of truffles. This flavorful up-front low acid wine (4 000 cases produced) combines power and concentration with a sense of elegance and balance. Enjoy this savory expansive exceptionally pure 2003 over the next 10-15 years. It is unlikely to shut down. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.




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