2005 Fleur Cardinale Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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  • WS 93
  • IWC 92

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
This beautiful wine from Fleur Cardinale performed great in its youth, both from barrel as well as post-bottling. A gorgeous blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon made by the Decoster family... This beautiful wine from Fleur Cardinale performed great in its youth, both from barrel as well as post-bottling. A gorgeous blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon made by the Decoster family, the 2005 provides more evidence that this property is fully exploiting its tremendous potential. A few years away from reaching its plateau of maturity, its stunning nose of black cherry liqueur, cassis, licorice, earth and spice is followed by a full-bodied, concentrated and pure wine. Drink it over the next 15 or more years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2008
Beautiful aromas of black licorice berry and vanilla follow through to a full body with soft velvety tannins and a long caressing finish. Polished and very pretty. Incredibly well done for this estate. Best after 2016... Beautiful aromas of black licorice berry and vanilla follow through to a full body with soft velvety tannins and a long caressing finish. Polished and very pretty. Incredibly well done for this estate. Best after 2016. 5700 cases made. –JS
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2008
Good deep red-ruby. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of black cherry, blackberry, mocha and licorice, with a hint of minerality adding complexity. Sweet and generous but with excellent flavor definition and plenty of... Good deep red-ruby. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of black cherry, blackberry, mocha and licorice, with a hint of minerality adding complexity. Sweet and generous but with excellent flavor definition and plenty of underlying structure; in fact, this very juicy, fresh, mineral-driven wine shows a restrained sweetness and seems to be shutting down in the bottle. Builds impressively on the back end, with the chewy tannins coating the teeth. This should be superb in seven or eight years. 92+
JJB 95
Mike Supple - JJ Buckley, March 2007
Watch an interview with Dominique Decosters as he explains how through soil composition vineyard management and winemaking techniques he is able to make such an outstanding wine. <object width="425... Watch an interview with Dominique Decosters as he explains how through soil composition vineyard management and winemaking techniques he is able to make such an outstanding wine. <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/dhai6kMPqAI"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/dhai6kMPqAI" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>
JJB 92
Kyle Luke - JJ Buckley, May 2017
At 12 years old, this ’05 shows little visual evidence of its age. There’s serious depth that can be found on the nose with a proper decanting – aromas of black cherry, fig, cola, dark chocolate, fresh sage, chanterelle... At 12 years old, this ’05 shows little visual evidence of its age. There’s serious depth that can be found on the nose with a proper decanting – aromas of black cherry, fig, cola, dark chocolate, fresh sage, chanterelle mushrooms, balsamic and leather. The palate is very well developed, soft, and has excellent tannins that provide a rigid structure but silky texture. A lengthy and pleasant finish. This has years of drinking pleasure ahead of it. An excellent wine from an excellent vintage.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2005

Label

The grand vin of Chateau Fleur Cardinale displays a deep color and powerful ripe fruit aromas mingling with floral notes. Feminine in style, the wines have a seductive, rich mouth-feel, underpinned by elegant, silky tannins. The finish is long and harmonious, promising very long aging potential in bottle.

Winery

Fleur Cardinale

Chateau Fleur Cardinale is located on a limestone plateau just a few miles from the historic village of Saint-Emilion. Due to continuous investments in the vineyard and in the winery, and its consistent quality, Chateau Fleur Cardinale was promoted to the rank of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe in 2006, and re-confirmed in 2012.

In 2011, the owners also acquired Chateau Croix Cardinale, next to the main estate. They now offer four wines: Chateau Fleur Cardinale, Chateau Croix Cardinale, Secret de Cardinale, and Bois Cardinale.

The two properties include 23.5 hectares for Chateau Fleur Cardinale and 4 hectares for Chateau Croix Cardinale. Both vineyards are planted on clay-limestone soil in the middle of the hillsides, and enjoy an identical harvest time.

Varietal distribution is 75% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The growing methods used at Chateau Fleur Cardinale are traditional, and the thinning of crops and leaves is done without chemicals.