2011 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This gorgeous 2011 continues the succession of impressive wines made by this estate since it was acquired by the Decoster family. Beautiful black raspberry, blueberry and black currant fruit notes intermixed with a touch of spring flowers emerge from a wine with excellent balance, nicely integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood, and a healthy saturated ruby/purple color. This full-bodied, long, captivating La Fleur Cardinale is already drinking well, and should continue to do so for 10-12 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)
Here is a warm, ripe wine with dark tannins. It’s well spiced and fruity, showing crisp black currant fruits.
This is very rich and dense with an almost cooked-blackberry character. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely mouthfeel to this wine. Better in 2017.
This is solid, with lush fig, blackberry and black currant compote notes, accented by a warm ganache edge. Dark and fleshy through the finish, showing prominent yet integrated dark toast. Should settle in with modest cellaring. For fans of the more hedonistic style. Best from 2015 through 2023.