2016 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299185 94-95 points James Suckling

 A dense and layered red with blackberry and blueberry character. Hints of stones and minerals. Full body and chewy tannins. Serious potential.  (4/2017)

92-95 points Vinous

 The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is utterly magnificent. Rich and sumptuous on the palate, it brings together luxurious, super-ripe fruit and striking aromatic freshness to balance things out. This is a stunning vintage for Fleur Cardinale in which all the elements come together to yield a complete, deeply satisfying and delicious Saint-Émilion. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consultant. (AG)  (4/2017)

92-95 points Wine Spectator

 Well-endowed, with dark plum and blackberry puree notes forming the core, while a hefty dose of licorice-accented toast frames everything. Lush mouthfeel, though there is some energy rippling underneath. The fruit is copious and alluring, though this leans to the power/extraction side of the ledger. (JM)  (4/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak. Now this is a more restrained take for Fleur Cardinale, very pure and refined with red cherries, wild strawberry and light cassis notes, the oak neatly integrated (better than the 2015). The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, a fine bead of acidity, crisp and structured with a tightly wound finish that suggests that it will need four or five years in bottle. I suspect this will surpass the 2015 Fleur Cardinale - this is very fine. (NM)  (4/2017)

92 points Decanter

 Dominique and Florence Decoster know how to make textured, complex, silky wines that err on the side of big and bold. It's a style that has some natural tempering in 2016, and there is some mouthwatering salinity on the finish. The mid-palate is closed down right now and the tannins are sizeable. 35hl/ha yield from 23.5ha planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged in 100% new oak. (JA)  (4/2017)

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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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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion