CHÂTEAU LA FLEUR CARDINALE
2012 Grand Cru Saint Emilion Château Fleur Cardinale
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Black as the ace of spades. Blackcurrant cordiale incarnate. Sweet, pure and ripe. Then unexpectedly thick tannins on the palate. A bit tough on the finish but might come round. 2017 - 2025. Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2013)
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Rating: 86 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2013)
This full-bodied beauty exhibits a dense opaque purple color in addition to copious notes of creme de cassis, kirsch, licorice and incense. It should drink well for 15-20 years. This will be a sleeper of the vintage A superstar of the vintage (not surprising given how successful the proprietors, the Decoster family, have been over the last decade or more), this 58-acre vineyard located near the village of St.-Etienne de Lisse enjoyed yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. The harvest took place extremely late — between October 22 and November 3. The final blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon came in at 13.5% natural alcohol. Every detail, both in the vineyard and the winery, is looked after by the meticulous owners. This will be a sleeper of the vintage as the Decosters have been among the most realistic proprietors in Bordeaux when it comes to pricing their wines. Drink 2033. Rating: 92-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(May 2013)
Château Fleur Cardinale
A Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux located on one of the highest points of the Saint-Émilion appellation, owned by Florence and Dominique Decoster - who used to be in the porcelain trade. The vineyards of Château Fleur Cardinale spread over 18 hectares, with an average vine age of 35 years, and are planted at a density of 6000 vines/hectare. Florence and Dominique bought the property in 2001, and the property quickly gained the ranking of Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006.
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