2014 Fleur Cardinale Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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DC 94 JS 94 JL 94 JA 92 WS 92
DC 94

Decanter, April 2022

Up to a full quarter of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, which may have helped bring the alcohol degree down a little. Gorgeous balance, juicy and rich, with blackberry and black cherry. It has plenty of St-Émilion...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, February 2017

Fantastic aromas of crushed berries, lavender and blueberries. Full-bodied, dense and layered yet always polished and beautiful. Really impressive. Drink in 2020.
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2015

(92-94 points) Flowers, espresso, plum, truffle, chocolate notes, this wine is supple, round, ripe, sensuous, pure, clean and fresh. A very elegant, vintage for Fleur Cardinale, this wine is produced from a blend of 75%...
JA 92

janeanson.com, October 2021

A more subdued vintage in St Emilion than in some parts of Bordeaux, notably the northern Médoc, and yet this is still a confident and highly enjoyable wine. Still tightly wound even at nine years old, but there is no...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2017

Lush, with lots of warm fig and boysenberry confiture flavors. Shows ample muscle thanks to lots of brambly grip. Mouthfilling licorice root and fruitcake notes grace the finish. Fleshes out well in the glass. A bit of a...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2014
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a captivating Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Saint Emilion sub-region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, this wine is a true gem that embodies the essence of the region.

Upon pouring, the 2014 Fleur Cardinale reveals a rich and alluring bouquet that captivates the senses. Crushed berries, lavender, and blueberries intertwine to create a symphony of delightful aromas that instantly transport you to the vineyards of Saint Emilion.

On the palate, this wine showcases its full-bodied nature and impressive density. It is dense and layered, yet impeccably polished and beautiful. The wine exudes an elegant balance, with juicy blackberry and black cherry flavors that are complemented by a powerful gourmet edge. The ample muscle and brambly grip give it a robust structure, while the flexible tannins and lovely texture provide a velvety smoothness that lingers on the palate.

The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a wine that continues to evolve and impress even after several years of aging. It fleshes out well in the glass, revealing additional notes of warm fig, boysenberry confiture, licorice root, and fruitcake, making each sip a truly indulgent experience.

With a 14% alcohol percentage, this wine is aged in 100% new French oak barrels, adding complexity and depth to its character. It is no wonder that this wine has received high praise from esteemed critics. Wine Spectator awarded it an impressive score of 92, while James Suckling awarded it a remarkable 94 points. The Wine Cellar Insider and Decanter also gave it a score of 94, highlighting its supple, round, and sensuous qualities. Jane Anson, on the other hand, bestowed a score of 92, emphasizing its subtlety and the pleasure it brings even at its current age.

The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a wine that should not be missed. It is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of the Fleur Cardinale winery and the unique terroir of Saint Emilion. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for further aging, this wine is a true delight that will leave a lasting impression.