2015 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253104 95-96 points James Suckling

 This is tight and very focused with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry and stone aromas and flavors. Such purity of fruit here. Full and very, very polished. Compacted and compressed.  (4/2016)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Shows very pretty fruit, with boysenberry and raspberry confiture notes rolling along, picking up hints of anise and fruitcake. There's lush toast and velvety structure, but the energy is good enough to let it all play out harmoniously. (JM)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Château Fleur Cardinale is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 100% new oak. It offers sweet dates and figs tincturing the dark cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose. Heady perhaps, yet there is more delineation here than I have discerned in other vintages. The palate is full-bodied with lush ripe black cherry fruit, blueberry and cassis coming in behind, fanning out towards a plush finish that just needs a little more precision to come through. (NM)  (4/2016)

91 points Decanter

 One of the latest to harvest in St-Emilion. Rich, plush and modern – oozes fruit. Tannins are ripe and firm with chocolate notes from the oak. Successful in that seductive, come-hither style. (JL)  (4/2016)

87-90 points Vinous

 An extreme wine, the 2015 Fleur Cardinale pushes ripeness to the edge. The flavors are inky, jammy and intense, with plenty of blackberry preserve, menthol, licorice, plum, dark spice and chocolate notes. The finish is broad, sweeping and ample. There is not much subtlety here, rather Fleur Cardinale is a wine of pure opulence and intensity. I saw some variation across the four samples I tasted. If the bottled wine captures a bit of freshness, the 2015 may turn out to be outstanding, but some samples were decidedly pruney and overripe. Tasted four times. (AG)  (4/2016)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
One of our favorite right bankers for the last six years. Perfectly balanced and not overdone at all. Brambly, blackberry flavors. Great structure, but the massive amounts of fruit hide the tannins.
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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
This wine shows you all the flashy, attractive merlot fruit and oak you could ever want without spending hundreds of dollars! Definitely new world-international in style and just flat-out delicious!

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
Lots of spicy red fruits, forward and silky in the mid-palate with ripe crunchy tannins on the finish. Very fresh and lively wine that is not overdone. Lovely balance.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2016 | Send Email
This wine showcases all that silky, soft St. Emilion fruit on the initial entry, but turns into a structured and tannic tour de force on the finish. This is a great cellar candidate from the Right Bank. I think five to ten years should pay huge dividends.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion