2007 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A strong effort from this well-run estate, the 2007 Fleur Cardinale may turn out to be as good as the 2009, which is a slightly more ruggedly constructed and bigger wine, but not necessarily better. The 2007 is a mid-weight blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Yields were only 35 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine hit 13.5% natural alcohol. Sweet black currant and blueberry fruit intermixed with spring flower, graphite, and subtle wood aromas are followed by an intense, richly fruity St.-Emilion with low acids, sweet, ripe tannins, and a lush, heady finish. It should drink beautifully for a decade or more. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Ripe aromas of blackberry and licorice, with a violet topnote. A nicely sweet, pliant midweight, with good chewy texture and spine to its flavors of dark fruits, minerals, mocha and roasted meat. Finishes juicy and long, with sweet tannins, noteworthy length and a late hint of leather. A big success in the context of the vintage.
Shows mineral, sweet tobacco and cool dark fruit character on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of chewy tannins and toasty oak. Good fruit for the vintage. Needs some age to come together. Best after 2011. (JS)
While it is true that 2007 will never have the power or authority of the finest vintages of the decade, the best wines display a remarkable ripeness and an admirable richness of texture.