Drank 1/22/20. Very nice with lamb chops and a red wine reduction, but best to avoid anything sweet.
Scents of Blackberry, cassis, wet stones, tar, and just a hint of green bell pepper. Very dark on the palate, with blackfruit, tar, cocoa nib, and espresso. Very well balanced. Tannins are somewhat firm, with a long, dry finish. Give it at least a 30 min decant. Should hold at least 5 more years. A quality wine for sure.
4/21/8/4/4 +50 =91 pts. — 7 days ago
Brilliant pale ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of red plum, ripe blackberry, ripe raspberry, red and black cherry, bramble, subtle earth; dry, high acid, medium minus tannins, medium alcohol, medium minus body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; very bright and surprisingly complex and concentrated, a good food wine, very good — 2 days ago
Black cherries, blueberries, vanilla, oak, dried sage, dark chocolate, full-bodied Merlot-based, right bank Bordeaux. Smooth tannins and great versatility. Vintage 2016. So delish! Oui, s'il vous plaît!
#chateaufleurcardinale #merlotblend #rightbankbordeaux #stemiliongrandcru #oldworldwine — 13 hours ago
1 hour decant was perfect. Dark purple color. Nose of firewood burning on a cold night. Wine is dark cherry with some medicinal elements. Great depth! Medium finish. High quality producer in my mind as this is the first time I’ve had it. I really enjoyed it. Paired well with seasoned, marinated beef skewers and lamb steak. — 11 days ago
Superb nose with tar, meat juice, black currant, an irony thing. This is inviting and strong, very inviting. The palate is wonderful! Super acid backbone with a bright black currant all along, a velvety touch on the sides that remains all along, tannins have already started to integrate. There is width, there is length, there is fruit, there is grip. The finish lasts for a long time with a nice fruit, some meat juice too and a pinch of bitterness. V
In a great place right now! — 11 days ago
The great 2005 vintage. Power and structure, rich black fruits, pencil shavings, saddle leather, tobacco and spices. Finishes with exceptional length and complexity. A bottle that can be enjoyed thoroughly now or age for decades. A terrific treat at Tak Room. — 9 days ago
30+ minute decant. The most purple colored wine I’ve ever had. Wine is very young and has many years/decades left. Unique in that it is a mix of Bordeaux, Napa, Aussie Shiraz, and Spain all in one. Very deep wine with tons of fruit, even some rhubarb! Medium plus finish. Very enjoyable, but needs more age. — 5 days ago