Château Fleur Cardinale

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.161 ratings
9.19 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
JD
8.9

Ready to drink. I like this after supper

Ready to drink. I like this after supper

Apr 27th, 2019
Sipping Fine Wine

Bought in 2001 by Florence & Dominique Decoster. Ch Fleur was promoted to "Saint-Emilion Grand cru classé" in 2006. I did a vertical ‘12, ‘13 & ‘14, check my notes on ‘14 for conclusion. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc and 5% Cab Sauvignon, deep red with big ripe fruit aromas and gentle notes of floral. Blue & Black berry flavors, great mouthfeel delivers nice balance on structured soft tannins that could benefit with more time, lingering finish ending with smoky mineral notes. Will cellar Nicely!

Bought in 2001 by Florence & Dominique Decoster. Ch Fleur was promoted to "Saint-Emilion Grand cru classé" in 2006. I did a vertical ‘12, ‘13 & ‘14, check my notes on ‘14 for conclusion. A blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc and 5% Cab Sauvignon, deep red with big ripe fruit aromas and gentle notes of floral. Blue & Black berry flavors, great mouthfeel delivers nice balance on structured soft tannins that could benefit with more time, lingering finish ending with smoky mineral notes. Will cellar Nicely!

Oct 7th, 2017
Matt Trader

Goodness... I couldn't get my nose out of the bowl! Where to begin? Espresso, sweet tobacco, mint, vanilla, fresh flowers... I could have made a candle of the scent of this wine and be in heaven! Upon tasting, even if it hadn't had time to open like the rose it was, still flushed an overwhelming wave of red lush fruits, dark ripe blueberry, perfectly harmonizing with the chalk tinge to the firm, yet forgiving tannin that grasped you at the finish. I seriously need to buy this one and give it a chance to unfold and tell me it's secrets! I definitely have a new love for st Emilion..

Goodness... I couldn't get my nose out of the bowl! Where to begin? Espresso, sweet tobacco, mint, vanilla, fresh flowers... I could have made a candle of the scent of this wine and be in heaven! Upon tasting, even if it hadn't had time to open like the rose it was, still flushed an overwhelming wave of red lush fruits, dark ripe blueberry, perfectly harmonizing with the chalk tinge to the firm, yet forgiving tannin that grasped you at the finish. I seriously need to buy this one and give it a chance to unfold and tell me it's secrets! I definitely have a new love for st Emilion..

7 people found it helpfulAug 29th, 2015
Sandeep Chakravarty

This is one of the best wines money can buy at this price range. Represents classic St Emillion wine with a great nose and earthy limestone notes. 2012 was great. Looking forward to 2015 which is rumored to be even better.

This is one of the best wines money can buy at this price range. Represents classic St Emillion wine with a great nose and earthy limestone notes. 2012 was great. Looking forward to 2015 which is rumored to be even better.

2 people found it helpfulSep 18th, 2016
Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Owner, Brix Wine Consultants

9.3

Generous and lush, offering sweet and fine-tuned tannins, framing ripe dark berries and spice flavors with acidity kicking in towards the end, providing balance and early drinking pleasure. Great purity.

Generous and lush, offering sweet and fine-tuned tannins, framing ripe dark berries and spice flavors with acidity kicking in towards the end, providing balance and early drinking pleasure. Great purity.

2 people found it helpfulJan 24th, 2016
Sipping Fine Wine

Aged for about 18 months in French oak (100% new) with a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic Bordeaux bouquet of rich black fruits and earthy spice. On the palate blackberry and black cherry flavors with leather, gentle herbs and smoky notes. Round firm tannins, elegant, but needs more time to refine, with nice acidity balance from start to finish. Lingering finish ending with earthy mineral tones. Wait a bit on this one!

Aged for about 18 months in French oak (100% new) with a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic Bordeaux bouquet of rich black fruits and earthy spice. On the palate blackberry and black cherry flavors with leather, gentle herbs and smoky notes. Round firm tannins, elegant, but needs more time to refine, with nice acidity balance from start to finish. Lingering finish ending with earthy mineral tones. Wait a bit on this one!

Apr 28th, 2017
Kyle Groombridge

Yes ma'am

Yes ma'am

Aug 29th, 2015
DE
9.4

Amazing and balanced

Amazing and balanced

Apr 12th, 2020
Paulo Saliby

At a very good moment to drink. Complex and elegant. Impressive. Harmonious.

At a very good moment to drink. Complex and elegant. Impressive. Harmonious.

Mar 1st, 2020
Christophe Aebi

Great concentration and length, lots of blackberry and flowers, grippy tannins that prolongs the pleasure for 30s+!

Great concentration and length, lots of blackberry and flowers, grippy tannins that prolongs the pleasure for 30s+!

May 10th, 2018