2009 Fleur Cardinale Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2012
A good value among over-achieving St.-Emilion estates is La Fleur Cardinale's 2009. Composed of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon some of the abrasive tannins noticeable early on in this big wine... A good value among over-achieving St.-Emilion estates is La Fleur Cardinale's 2009. Composed of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon some of the abrasive tannins noticeable early on in this big wine (14.5% alcohol) are now sweeter and better integrated. Made from tiny yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare this is a concentrated rich effort revealing lots of black cherry and black currant fruit as well as a fragrant firm full-bodied personality. It should be at its best between 2016 and 2030.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Wow. Blueberry minerals oyster shell and black chocolate aromas. Full body with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Delicious and succulent. Better in 2018.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This delivers the textbook panoply of blueberry plum and blackberry fruit of the appellation with a lush creamy mouthfeel and a long licorice- and sweet toast-filled finish. Along with the suave fruit there's latent grip... This delivers the textbook panoply of blueberry plum and blackberry fruit of the appellation with a lush creamy mouthfeel and a long licorice- and sweet toast-filled finish. Along with the suave fruit there's latent grip that should mellow nicely with midterm cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2023. -JM
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
(70% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon; 15% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of kirsch blackberry and licorice. Thick and sweet but juicy with some superripe qualities leavened... (70% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon; 15% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of kirsch blackberry and licorice. Thick and sweet but juicy with some superripe qualities leavened by nicely integrated acidity. Densely packed and loaded with fruit. Big sexy and long finishing with ripe tannins and a note of nutty oak.
JJB 96
John Sweeney - JJ Buckley, March 2010
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... 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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2009

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.