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  • Beef
  • Cheese
  • Game Meat
  • Hearty Stews
  • Pasta with Tomato Sauce
  • Pizza
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Veal

2011 Secret de Cardinale Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • CH94
  • RP93
  • JS91
  • WS90

Reviews

CH94
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, April 2012
100% merlot. From a 1.4-hectare parcel owned by Fleur Cardinale this is not a second wine but a luxury cuvee in its own right. Average vine age is 35 years. A very complex and exotic bouquet with notes of cassis black... 100% merlot. From a 1.4-hectare parcel owned by Fleur Cardinale this is not a second wine but a luxury cuvee in its own right. Average vine age is 35 years. A very complex and exotic bouquet with notes of cassis black cherry and blackberry with some stone and roasted meat aromas. Intense milk chocolate mixes with black cherry candy flavors that are not overripe thanks to perfectly integrated acidity. The tannins are present on the finish but are not too grippy. Drinkable on release and through 2022. Tasted three times. Jean-Philippe Fort consults.
RP93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
This 100% Merlot cuvee from the Decoster family is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sadly, the tiny production in 2011 was only 150 cases. If the 2011 has turned out this well, one wonders what the Decosters might have... This 100% Merlot cuvee from the Decoster family is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sadly, the tiny production in 2011 was only 150 cases. If the 2011 has turned out this well, one wonders what the Decosters might have achieved in a great vintage. Beautiful notes of smoky barbecue intermixed with espresso roast, chocolate, ripe black cherries and mocha emerge from this complex, sexy, full-throttle St.-Emilion. The vintage characteristic provides a precocious style, and the Merlot gives the wine beautiful ripeness and headiness. It is a big wine, but is also incredibly well-balanced and fresh. Drink it over the next decade. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JS91
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2012
(JS90-91 points) This is outstanding with plum, berry, tobacco and chocolate character. Full and silky with fresh acidity and a pretty combination of fruit and spice. Wow. Made from special parcel of Fleur Cardinal vineyard.
WS90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2014
This kicks up the ripeness a notch, with juicy raspberry pâte de fruit, plum sauce and blackberry coulis flavors pumping along, carried by polished structure and backed by licorice and fruitcake accents. Shows a... This kicks up the ripeness a notch, with juicy raspberry pâte de fruit, plum sauce and blackberry coulis flavors pumping along, carried by polished structure and backed by licorice and fruitcake accents. Shows a flicker of prune on the finish, maintaining solid depth and mouthfeel. Best from 2015 through 2023. 140 cases made. –JM