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Château Fleur Cardinale

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2018 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Loaded with licorice, chocolate, coffee bean and black fruits, the wine is fleshy, round, fruit-filled and finishes with lusciously textured, espresso, dark plums, licorice and even darker cocoa. The wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest took place September 27 - October 24. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Due to heavy frost damage, only 1,000 numbered magnums were produced for this vintage. Blue-black dark with a faultlessly effective density of flavor, richness and length, the wine is round with impressive quantities of dark chocolate, licorice and juicy plums.

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2016 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Deep in color the wine offers round, luscious textures that allow the full weight of the fruits to come though on your palate. Concentrated, with waves of licorice, smoke, dark chocolate, black cherries and espresso, the wine is rich, fat and juicy, ending with a blast of opulent chocolate-covered plums, coffee bean and black cherry.

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Luscious textures with purity of fruit, this wine is all about the chocolate-covered plums and black cherry with their licorice and floral accents. The tannins are soft, the texture is velvety and the dark red fruits, anise, smoke, cocoa and earthy personality really shine in the finish.

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2015 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Is there a better wine for the money in St. Emilion today? I don't think so! This sexy little beast is loaded with juicy dark fruits, chocolate, licorice, espresso and plums. This should offer pleasure early and age for years as well.

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It's the texture that reels you in and rolls you over. A lavish, satiny cloud of luscious fruits, flowers, coffee bean, juicy plum liqueur and sweet black cherries coated in chocolate keep you involved with this wine. Concentrated, rich and round, the wine was produced from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.47, the wine is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels.

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2014 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Flowers, espresso, plum, truffle, chocolate notes, this wine is supple, round, ripe, sensuous, pure, clean and fresh. A very elegant, vintage for Fleur Cardinale, this wine is produced from a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Reaching 14% alcohol, the wine is aging in 100% new, French oak barrels. 92-94 Pts

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2013 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Deep garnet in color with licorice, coffee bean, flowers, stone and spicy, plum scentsthe wine offers a supple, plush, polished and sweet finish brimming with boysenberry, fresh cherry, spice and cocoa. The wine was made with a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and reached 13.5% alcohol. After sorting, the yields were only 16 hectoliters per hectare. The wine is aging in 100% new French oak for close to 12 months. 91-93 Pts

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2012 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Forward in style, you can already enjoy the supple textured, multi-layered, sweet, ripe, dark red, juicy fruits, mocha, chocolate and black cherries found here.

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Ripe, sweet, black cherry, plum, licorice and chocolate scents greet your nose. Your palate is introduced to lush, sensuous textures and a rich, polished finish.

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Truffle, earth, spice, blackberry, plum and cocoa scents open to a full bodied, sweet, round wine with character and ripeness. 92-94 Pts

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2011 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium bodied, forward in style, and while not mature, this is definitely ready to drink, with its soft, round textured, dark cherries, espresso, cocoa and fennel notes, in the perfume, palate and finish. This is perfect for drinking, while waiting for the 2009 and 2010 to reach maturity.

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Dark chocoalte, flowers and black cherry notes are easy to find in the aromatics. Soft, round, forward and open, this early drinking wine delivers a lot of pleasure in the glass with its lush style.

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Packed with black licorice, floral, stone, blackberry and chocolate, this blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a lush, round, St. Emilion that ended with chocolate covered black cherries. This is a very successful wine for the vintage. 90-93 Pts

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2010 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

It is so easy to drink this right now, the wine is lush, round, opulent, dark in color and fruit, concentrated and loaded with licorice, smoke, black cherry and chocolate.

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Rich, concentrated, and loaded to the gills with velvety, fat, lush, juicy, sweet, dark, fleshy fruits. Deep in flavor and color, the wine is still quite young, yet it's also hard to not pop a cork and dig it, for what it shows today. With its extra jolt of freshness and purity, this is probably the best vintage yet produced by Fleur Cardinale.

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Everything about this wine is great from the start, with its showy aromatics to the opulent, sensuous, rich layers of fat, ripe, sweet, fresh fruits. Yes, I know its young. But all great wines show well young and get better with age. There are not many wines at this level of quality that sell for this reasonable price.

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If there is a better in St. Emilion, I’d like to hear about. The remarkable level of consistency displayed in the wines of Fleur Cardinale is also tough to beat. Packed with black and blue fruits, licorice, dark cherry jam, earth and chocolate, the wine is intense, dense and opulent in texture, finishing with layers of sweet, ripe, rich, fresh, polished fruits.

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Fleur Cardinale From an 18 hectare, clay and limestone vineyard, located next to Valandraud, Florence and Dominique Decoster put a lot of effort into their 2010, starting with reducing their yields to 36 hectoliters per hectare. With its deep color, cassis, blackberry, licorice and jammy liqueur aromas exude from the glass. This full-bodied wine offers layers of opulent dark fruit ending with a fresh, licorice, blackberry, dark cherry and chocolate finish. From an assemblage of 78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol. This is the best wine from the estate since their outstanding 2005. For consumers not yet familiar with this estate, Fleur Cardinale is one of the most consistent Bordeaux producers making wines that combine price and quality. 93-95 Pts

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2009 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Just a pop and a pour is all this needs to get going. The chocolate covered, dark cherries, licorice, smoke and juicy array of plums are al wrapped up in a plush, opulent finish that is ready to go. If you can keep your hands off this beauty, the truffle notes found in the background will come on much stronger.

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Round, opulent, forward and loaded with chocolate covered black cherries, plums, licorice, espresso and smoke, this lushly textured wine really delivers the goods.

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Luscious, sensuous, opulent, perfectly ripe, inky, dark fruits. Gobs of black licorice, dark chocolate, smoke and espresso also show up for the party. The wine is long, concentrated, deep and mouth filling. This wine of pleasure has the ability to age and evolve. And the best part is, this is still available at a fair price too! What more can you ask for?

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Lush, opulent, sweet, ripe fruits, licorice, chocolate and earth, with hedonistic textures are already available, if you like your wines young.

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Opulent, rich, concentrated and plush, the chocolate covered plums, cherries and truffle notes with that fresh kick of boysneberry are hard to resist. Still, its best days are in the future.

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From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, fennel, dark chocolate covered boysenberry, plum and spice aromas, full bodied, silky, round and rich in texture, the wine ends with sweet, fleshy, juicy, licorice, spice and plums.

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2009 Fleur Cardinale, 70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, and 10% cabernet sauvignon, offers a nose of kirsch, black raspberry, espresso, and jammy blackberries. Full bodied, rich, and ripe, this wine finishes with sweet black cherries, licorice, mocha, and spice. 91-94 Pts

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2008 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

This is so deeply colored, it looks like a baby. The wine is loaded with layers of black cherries, plums, cherries and licorice, Lush, rich, and long, the finish brings it all home with its juicy, black cherry, chocolate and licorice finish.

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Still with nice, deep, color, you can easily find the licorice; truffle, crushed stones, dark, plums, black cherries and smoke. There is length and freshness and the finish is replete with sweet, juicy, plums and dark chocolate. Give this a few more years and it should rock!

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No need to decant. Just pop and pour this licorice, chocolate covered cherry, fudge and earthy scented wine and enjoy its open, lush, round, fruit filled pleasures.

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Already drinking well, this medium bodied, round, soft, sweet expression of St. Emilion is probably best enjoyed on the young side.

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Chocolate, licorice and jammy black raspberry notes work well with the soft, lush, round, inviting textures. The wine ends with sweet plums and cocoa. This tasty wine is already offering pleasure.

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08 Château Fleur Cardinale, from 70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, and 10% cabernet sauvignon, is dark with purple accents. Filled with jammy black fruit, oak, and fennel, this fat, concentrated, plush wine offers ample quantities of licorice coated black fruit in the long, opulent finish. 91-94 Pts

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2007 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Fully mature with a salty, mineral character, coupled with red berries, licorice, tobacco and forest leaf. Medium bodied, soft and ready, the wine needs to be consumed sooner than later.

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2006 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A firm, masculine vintage for this normally, soft, polished, sexy wine. Here, you find harder tannins than usual, and a crisp, fresh character the wine sweet, dark, red fruits. This should age longer than most vintages of Fleur Cardinale. An hour to 90 minutes of air, could help soften the wine.

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A bit on the muscular, structured side for Fleur Cardinale. The nose, with its licorice, caramel, earth, dark chocolate and black cherry personality charms you. But there is a firmness on the palate that I was not expecting in this normally seductive wine. Made from a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, I'd give it 2-4 more years in the bottle to soften the tannins.

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It took about 45 minutes before the truffle, chocolate covered black cherry, smoke, licorice and spicy nose hit full bloom and the tannins softened. The finish is soft, with a red and black, sweet and tart plum quality, along with a hint of dryness in the finish.

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Licorice, spice and gobs of black cherries in the nose, supple textures and a round, fennel, blackberry filled finish. This is drinking great today.

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With licorice coated black and blue fruit, this is a more structured, firm style of Fleur Cardinal. Full bodied and rich, the wine ends with a blend of cassis and spicy blackberries.

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2005 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The first bottle of my second case, shows you how much I like this wine. With 30-45 minute of air, it is easy to see why, as the wine fills out on the full bodied, rich palate. Now, you find secondary notes of wet earth, roasted cherry, licorice smoke and burnt wood. In the mouth, the soft textured ripe, sweet, chocolate covered cherry and plum feels great. You find a bit of licorice in the end note. This is probably close to fully mature. It might get a bit better from here, but this is so tasty now, why wait?

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Still youthful at 12 years of age, the offers depth of color, flavor and intensity. The fruit is perfectly ripe, the tannins are lush, lending an opulent quality to the texture. Dark chocolate, licorice and loads of black cherries are all over the place. This has been a joy to drink since it was bottled and it should remain at this high level for at least another 15 more years.

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While the wine might not be gaining in complexity, the chocolate, sweet, black cherry, truffle and cigar wrapper notes are already charming. Where the wine already shines is on the palate, as the texture continues to soften, adding more silky touches as the wine fills out. If you own it, this is a good time to start popping your corks. The bottle was decanted for about 30 minutes at most. This is definitely ready to go.

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The first of many vintages that really showed how good this estate can be, is ready to drink. The wine is already showing its plush, round, opulent silky mouthfeel. With a nose of dark chocolate, licorice, espresso, dark cherry and truffle, the wine finishes with a blast of chocolate covered, ripe black cherries, thyme and sweet juicy plums.

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Licorice, cocoa, black cherry, plums, truffle and chocolate scents create the nose. On the palate, this luscious, sensuous, rich wine leaves a silky, smooth, plush sensation that lingers.

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This is really coming around. The soft, plush, ripe, polished character with layers of lush, sweet juicy fruit is more than ready to go. That being said, there is no hurry to drink it, but there is no need to wait either.

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This wine has never closed down. It's been delicious since it was first bottled. Chocolate covered black raspberries, black cherries, licorice and hints of wet earth are paired with concentrated, opulently textured fruits and a sensuous finish that comes alive with 30 minutes of air. This is a wine for pleasure seekers!

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With its licorice, truffle, smoke, black cherry and earthy aromas, soft, round textures and sweet dark berry with black cherry, cocoa and plum finish, this is a pleasure to drink today.

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With its showy nose of licorice, espresso bean, earth, dark cherry, plum and cocoa, coupled with silky, plush textures, this is pure bottled pleasure. Still young, this is showing great now. It’s going to get better, but there is no reason to wait before popping a cork.

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Deep in color with a perfume that pops from the glass with notes of licorice, chocolate, blackberry liqueur, stone, smoke, espresso and plums. Rich, opulent, concentrated and flamboyant in texture, this sexy St. Emilion is offering a lot of pleasure today. Still primary, because the tannins are ripe and plush, it's worth opening a bottle today to experience its lush qualities.

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With swirling and coaxing, juicy black plums, jammy blackberries, coco, licorice and kirsch greet your nose. This concentrated wine fills your mouth with pleasure ending with a long opulent, sensation of rich, chocolate covered dark pit fruits, cassis and fennel. Another 5-7 years will add a lot of complexity and texture to this wine.

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Already approachable due to its sexy style, this concentrated wine is filled with dark berries, blue fruit, licorice, chocolate and spice. With the structure to age, this will add complexities with a few more years of bottle age.

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2004 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Only the third vintage for the new owners, and it is obvious that things continue improving here. Medium bodied, and soft in texture, the dark red fruits offer the right levels of sweetness and freshness. The smoke, tobacco, fennel, and earthy notes add to the fruits and to the fun. However, this is fully mature and should be consumed before the wine hits 20 years of age.

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Either there is bottle variation, or I was extremely unlucky as it took 3 bottles to find one that showed the opulent, chocolate covered cherry, licorice and lush profile that we usually expect from Fleur Cardinale.

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Better on the nose than the palate with its licorice, earth and black cherry perfume. This medium bodied, easy to like, round wine seems to be less interesting than it was a few years ago. I'd opt for drinking this over the next few years before it drops more of its fruit.

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Black raspberries, espresso bean, licorice and cassis get you going. Opulent in texture and concentrated with sweet ripe, jammy berries, this delicious wine is already drinking well.

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2003 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Soft, polished and while not concentrated, there is ample, ripe, lush, dark cherries, licorice, fig, dark chocolate, smoke and kirsch in the nose and on the palate. With bricking to the color starting to kick in, this is not a wine to hold for further development.

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Fully mature, the plush, dark cherry, chocolate and truffle filled personality is delivering its all today. I’d opt for drinking this over the next 3-5 years.

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Licorice, blackberry jam, smoke, chocolate and earthy scents offer their charm with little effort. Lush textures, medium body and a ripe, mocha, cherry tinged sensation are found in the finish. There is no reason to hold this wine any longer. It’s close or at full maturity.

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This is the first vintage that showed real promise to Florence and Dominique Decoster. Ripe Jammy plums, licorice and black cherries make up the perfume. This round and lushly textured wine offers ample jammy black raspberries, chocolate, spice and hints of fennel. This is drinking perfect today. I've tasted this wine numerous times with consistent results. I'd drink this over the next 5-7 years

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2002 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Fully mature, medium bodied, with juicy, sweet and tart plums, freshness, and hints of leafy herbs in the finish.

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This fully mature wine shows coffee, cassis and truffle aromas. There is some green flavors in the plummy finish. Drink up.

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2001 Château Fleur Cardinale  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Fully mature, the debut vintage for the new owners, the Decoster family is on the light side, with more red fruits than black in its makeup. Here, you also find freshness, licorice, sweet cherries, tobacco, soft textures and an earthy quality. The wine needs to be consumed sooner than later, if you are lucky enough to have a bottle.

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This slightly past fully mature wine is medium bodied and displays dark berries and earthy flavors. The tannins do not feel fully ripe. This is the debut vintage of this wine for Dominique and Florence Decoster.

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