2019 Fleur Cardinale Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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DC 95 JS 95 JA 95 JD 94 JL 94 VN 94 WE 93 WA 92 WS 92
DC 95

Decanter, January 2022

Really smoky, coffee bean aromas on the nose with ripe blackcurrants. Great texture and flavour here, it's full of herbs and liquorice-tinged black fruits (cherries mainly) but really well integrated so that no one aspect...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, December 2021

Beautiful clarity of crushed red berries with dried flowers and sliced oyster mushrooms on the nose. Full-bodied with layers of ripe tannins and juicy fruit. Chocolate and walnut character comes through, together with...
JA 95

janeanson.com, October 2021

Though barely getting going at two years old, you already see what a great wine this is. Juicy plum and damson fruits, shot through with richly textured raspberry coulis, all kissed by smoky oak without going over the...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, April 2022

A consistently impressive Saint-Emilion, the 2019 Château Fleur Cardinale shows the vintage beautifully, with a medium to full-bodied, elegant style as well as classic darker cherry and mulberry fruits, notes of dried...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2022

Dark in color with a nose that sports espresso bean, smoke, licorice, crushed stone and chocolate-covered plums. There is richness, freshness, balance, and layers of black and red fruits liberally coated with cocoa...
VN 94

Vinous, February 2022

The 2019 Fleur Cardinale is a real head-turner. Lush and voluptuous in the glass, the 2019 offers up copious dark fruit, along with hints of chocolate, spice, new leather, menthol and licorice. There is no shortage or...
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, September 2022

After 12 months in wood, the wine has a fine spicy edge. That balances the rich black fruits with their floral character. This is a ripe wine that has plenty of potential. Drink from 2026. ROGER VOSS
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2022

The 2019 Fleur Cardinale derives from a late-ripening site on the north-facing side of Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau. Revealing aromas of jammy cherries, spices, dark chocolate and mocha, it's full-bodied, broad and...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2022

Richly textured, with currant and fig paste notes rolling through slowly, laced liberally with humus, alder and tobacco. A touch burly, but the fruit has an unctuous hint as a counterbalance. This is for fans of the...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2019
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14.5%
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 2019 Fleur Cardinale is an exquisite Bordeaux blend that showcases the best of what the Saint Emilion region in France has to offer. With its deep red color and elegant label, this wine immediately catches the eye and promises a world of complexity and refinement.

On the nose, the wine reveals beautiful clarity, with crushed red berries taking the lead. The aroma is further enhanced by delicate notes of dried flowers and sliced oyster mushrooms, creating a captivating bouquet that entices the senses.

Upon tasting, the Fleur Cardinale truly shines. It is a full-bodied wine with layers of ripe tannins and juicy fruit that coat the palate. The flavors of chocolate and walnut add depth and complexity, while hints of vanilla bean provide a subtle sweetness. The blend consists of 76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, showcasing the artistry and balance of the winemaker.

Renowned wine critics have praised the 2019 Fleur Cardinale for its exceptional quality and aging potential. James Suckling awarded it an impressive score of 95 points, describing it as "beautifully curated" and recommending it to be enjoyed after 2025. Jeb Dunnuck also rated it highly, awarding it 94 points and noting its elegant style and classic dark cherry and mulberry flavors.

Decanter awarded the wine a score of 95 points, praising its smoky and coffee bean aromas, as well as its great texture and flavor profile. They described it as a "big shouldered wine" with power and poise, offering a harmonious and elegant experience.

With its balanced fruit, tannins, acidity, and mineral freshness, the 2019 Fleur Cardinale is a complete and well-executed wine. It is recommended to be enjoyed from 2027 to 2045, allowing it to fully develop its potential.

In conclusion, the 2019 Fleur Cardinale is a top-quality Bordeaux blend that showcases the best of Saint Emilion. With its captivating aromas, complex flavors, and exceptional aging potential, it is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for a few years, this wine promises a truly unforgettable experience.