2007 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

SKU #1054425 90 points 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)  (4/2010)

90 points 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.  (7/2010)

Wine Spectator

 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)  (3/2010)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
This was my personal favorite among the wines recently tasted and a perfect example of all that is best about the 2007 vintage. At nearly 10 years past the vintage the wine is just beginning to show some development. Purple to garnet in color with a lightly floral nose and still youthful fruit. Generous ripe, sweet red and black fruits, cherry and plum. The oak is well integrated on both the nose and palate with subtle spice notes. Altogether a very polished effort with admirable weight. Should continue to provide years of pleasure.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2016 | Send Email
This is everything I love about the right bank – inky dark with plum and blackberry fruit, good acid, some spice, and a clean but remarkably velvety texture. Since Merlot ripens slightly earlier, Fleur Cardinale was able to harvest before 2007’s rain really hit, and the resulting wine is special: subtly woodsy while still plush. Classic St-Émilion with perfect restraint.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2016 | Send Email
This is full and rich for the vintage with raspberry, earth and oak aromas. There is a deep core of fleshy red and black fruit along with a touch of licorice and ripe tannin to accent the limestone-kissed finish. The body is surprisingly plump with plenty of sweetness to the oodles of blue and black fruit.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2016 | Send Email
This great property has made a superb 2007-we tasted it in Bordeaux in April 2016 and fell in love with it. Blackberry fruit aromas and flavors. Sexy, spicy palate feel and lingering finish. So good you will drink the bottle quickly so buy two. One of the superstar new properties in Bordeaux. Watch for their wines in 2012 and 2015.
Drink from 2016 to 2026

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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.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion