2014 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201239 94 points James Suckling

 Fantastic aromas of crushed berries, lavender and blueberries. Full-bodied, dense and layered yet always polished and beautiful. Really impressive. Drink in 2020.  (2/2017)

94 points Vinous

 The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a dark, sumptuous wine. Dark cherry, plum, rose petal, licorice and sweet spices are all pushed forward. Extravagantly ripe and flamboyant, the 2014 hits all the right notes. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more overt, opulent side of Saint-Émilion, and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. Tasted two times. (AG)  (2/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Lush, with lots of warm fig and boysenberry confiture flavors. Shows ample muscle thanks to lots of brambly grip. Mouthfilling licorice root and fruitcake notes grace the finish. Fleshes out well in the glass. A bit of a hefty style, but well done. Best from 2020 through 2030. (JM)  (3/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Fleur Cardinale 2014 is rich and decadent on the lavish nose (as it always is). One sample tasted at the Cercle de Rive Droite was more refined and focused than another sample tasted a day later in Saint Emilion. The palate is full-bodied and mirroring the aromatics, rich and extravagant on the palate. The acidity is well judged and there plenty of weight and presence towards the finish that I would suggest has more tension and precision the recent vintages. It’s an unashamedly modern style of Saint Emilion, but it feels as if it is reading from its own script instead of that of the terroir or the growing season. (NM)  (4/2015)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Bold and fruity, this wine is rich with smooth tannins and a fine ripe texture. Powered by its structure and its dark fruits, it is a wine for serious aging. Drink from 2022. (RV)  (4/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark purple. Intense nose of admirably ripe fruit. Good balance of this concentrated elderberry with fine, not drying, tannins. Promising. Drink 2022-2035 (JR)  (3/2015)

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Saint Emilion