2011 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090894 93 points 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)  (4/ 2014)

89-91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Here is a warm, ripe wine with dark tannins. It’s well spiced and fruity, showing crisp black currant fruits.  (4/ 2012)

90 points James Suckling

 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.  (2/ 2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2014)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/23/2013  | Send Email
*V Exotic and spicy. A very lush wine. Sleeper?

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/23/2013  | Send Email
These guys are doing some great stuff! Exotic nose of Chinese five spice, good fruit, great balance and harmony. Delicious.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion