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Château-Fleur-Cardinale Saint Emilion 2016

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92-95
wa
92-94
Château Fleur Cardinale has thrilled wine lovers in every vintage, achieving that much sought-after quality of power combined with elegance. The wines display a deep, dense-coloured hue, while on the nose there are 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 ageing potential in bottle. These specific tasting characteristics, immediately recognisable to its growing number of followers, are the hallmark of Château Fleur Cardinale.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château-Fleur-Cardinale
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • ws92-95

Wine SpectatorWell-endowed, with dark plum and blackberry puree notes forming the core, while a hefty dose of licorice-accented toast frames everything. Lush mouthfeel, though there is some energy rippling underneath. The fruit is copious and alluring, though this leans to the power/extraction side of the ledger. (Barrel Tasting)

James Molesworth, 2017
  • wa92-94

Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Fleur Cardinale is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak. Now this is a more restrained take for Fleur Cardinale, very pure and refined with red cherries, wild strawberry and light cassis notes, the oak neatly integrated (better than the 2015). The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, a fine bead of acidity, crisp and structured with a tightly wound finish that suggests that it will need four or five years in bottle. I suspect this will surpass the 2015 Fleur Cardinale - this is very fine.

Neal Martin, April 28, 2017