Château Fleur Cardinale

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.146 ratings
9.38 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

On the nose, bright, lean, ripe cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranate juice, vanilla, cinnamon, very light spice, wood shavings, loamy soils, dry stones, and bright red fragrant florals. The mouthfeel is lean for Bordeaux. The tannins are lighter than dusty...so resolved. You can tell this is 70% Merlot & 20% Cab Franc as the cherries are singing in harmony better than the group America on the album "Horse with No Name" or for you kids "Fifth Harmony." The rest of the fruits are equally amazing, bright, lean, ripe; cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries & pomegranate juice. Vanilla, cinnamon, very light spice, wood shavings, loamy clay soils, dry, crushed, fine powdery rocks, dry stones & bright red roses/florals. This wine is pictured in the dictionary under pure elegance. The soft, round, acidity pours over the palate. The fruit driven finish goes on and on. I'm not sure this is going to continue to improve. I think it has about 5 years of good drinking left. Producer notes...Chateau Fleur Cardinale was purchased by Dominique and Florence Decoster in 2001. Prior to buying their first Bordeaux wine estate, they were in the fine porcelain and China business in the Limoges region of France. Chateau Fleur Cardinale is located next door to Valandraud & Rol Valentin & near Chateau Faugeres. Fleur Cardinale takes its name from the myriad of roses and other flowers that are planted around the estate. The 24.5-hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Fleur Cardinale is planted to 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The oldest Merlot vines are 60 years old and vineyard average is 40 years. The soils of their terroir are clay over limestone. Since 2013, the vineyard is farmed using organic, self-sustainable techniques. For the vinification, the juice undergoes a cold maceration at 5 degrees Celsius for 5 or 6 days. This is followed by alcoholic fermentation and a warm maceration for 2 to 3 weeks. All the pumping over is done by gravity, which avoids stirring the musts and stressing the yeasts. Chateau Fleur Cardinale is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. It is also good paired with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta. Photos of, the Chateau and estate vines, beautiful fruit waiting to be delivered to the Chateau and pressed, the gate entrance and barrel room. The 05 vintage is as beautiful as advertised and drinking better than the 2000's I've had in the last two years. This 05 is a steal for just under $50 when I purchased it in 2007.
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On the nose, bright, lean, ripe cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranate juice, vanilla, cinnamon, very light spice, wood shavings, loamy soils, dry stones, and bright red fragrant florals. The mouthfeel is lean for Bordeaux. The tannins are lighter than dusty...so resolved. You can tell this is 70% Merlot & 20% Cab Franc as the cherries are singing in harmony better than the group America on the album "Horse with No Name" or for you kids "Fifth Harmony." The rest of the fruits are equally amazing, bright, lean, ripe; cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries & pomegranate juice. Vanilla, cinnamon, very light spice, wood shavings, loamy clay soils, dry, crushed, fine powdery rocks, dry stones & bright red roses/florals. This wine is pictured in the dictionary under pure elegance. The soft, round, acidity pours over the palate. The fruit driven finish goes on and on. I'm not sure this is going to continue to improve. I think it has about 5 years of good drinking left. Producer notes...Chateau Fleur Cardinale was purchased by Dominique and Florence Decoster in 2001. Prior to buying their first Bordeaux wine estate, they were in the fine porcelain and China business in the Limoges region of France. Chateau Fleur Cardinale is located next door to Valandraud & Rol Valentin & near Chateau Faugeres. Fleur Cardinale takes its name from the myriad of roses and other flowers that are planted around the estate. The 24.5-hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Fleur Cardinale is planted to 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The oldest Merlot vines are 60 years old and vineyard average is 40 years. The soils of their terroir are clay over limestone. Since 2013, the vineyard is farmed using organic, self-sustainable techniques. For the vinification, the juice undergoes a cold maceration at 5 degrees Celsius for 5 or 6 days. This is followed by alcoholic fermentation and a warm maceration for 2 to 3 weeks. All the pumping over is done by gravity, which avoids stirring the musts and stressing the yeasts. Chateau Fleur Cardinale is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. It is also good paired with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta. Photos of, the Chateau and estate vines, beautiful fruit waiting to be delivered to the Chateau and pressed, the gate entrance and barrel room. The 05 vintage is as beautiful as advertised and drinking better than the 2000's I've had in the last two years. This 05 is a steal for just under $50 when I purchased it in 2007.
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Jul 8th, 2017
Doug Kahn

Will develop beautifully

Will develop beautifully

Dec 27th, 2016
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.6

Magnificent showing! Started slowly and needed a good 5-6 hours to really express itself, but then... Wow! Powerful and drinking perfectly now with resolved yet present tannins, great plummy fruit, cassis, fading flowers and roasted herbs, wonderfully framed by toasty, yet completely integrated oak. Long, still fruity finish, with all components in place.

Magnificent showing! Started slowly and needed a good 5-6 hours to really express itself, but then... Wow! Powerful and drinking perfectly now with resolved yet present tannins, great plummy fruit, cassis, fading flowers and roasted herbs, wonderfully framed by toasty, yet completely integrated oak. Long, still fruity finish, with all components in place.

May 12th, 2015
Lawrence Bernstein

On the dry side. But after airing out for well over an hour it has had depth and earthy complexity. Black fruit. Very dry tanin but pleasant. 87.

On the dry side. But after airing out for well over an hour it has had depth and earthy complexity. Black fruit. Very dry tanin but pleasant. 87.

Dec 20th, 2019
Paul Jakubowski

Decanted 30+ minutes. Darkest wine color wise I’ve ever had. Pitch black almost. Extremely young wine even though it’s a 2005. Many years left! Nose was restrained and if I had the blind I probably would have guessed Australian Shiraz. Massive wine and tastes higher than 14% alcohol. Dark fruit and very thick. Give this guy ten more years.

Decanted 30+ minutes. Darkest wine color wise I’ve ever had. Pitch black almost. Extremely young wine even though it’s a 2005. Many years left! Nose was restrained and if I had the blind I probably would have guessed Australian Shiraz. Massive wine and tastes higher than 14% alcohol. Dark fruit and very thick. Give this guy ten more years.

Sep 27th, 2019
Sylvain Rhainds

2005 légèrement oxydé

2005 légèrement oxydé

May 27th, 2018
J Rich
9.0

2005 drinking nicely but could actually use a bit more age.

2005 drinking nicely but could actually use a bit more age.

Oct 20th, 2017
Leo Bernstein

Phenomenal after 30 min. Should've waited 45. One bottle left.

Phenomenal after 30 min. Should've waited 45. One bottle left.

Jul 14th, 2017
Lawrence Bernstein

Very tannic for the first hour and then it softened. Dry and chalky but after time it opened and some fruit emerged but too little too late.

Very tannic for the first hour and then it softened. Dry and chalky but after time it opened and some fruit emerged but too little too late.

Mar 18th, 2017
Christian Fischer

Very nice. Typical intense st. Emilion aromas

Very nice. Typical intense st. Emilion aromas

Aug 20th, 2016