2009 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

SKU #1114978 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A good value among over-achieving St.-Emilion estates is La Fleur Cardinale’s 2009. Composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the abrasive tannins noticeable early on in this big wine (14.5% alcohol) are now sweeter and better integrated. Made from tiny yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare, this is a concentrated, rich effort revealing lots of black cherry and black currant fruit as well as a fragrant, firm, full-bodied personality. It should be at its best between 2016 and 2030.  (2/ 2012)

93 points James Suckling

 Wow. Blueberry, minerals, oyster shell and black chocolate aromas. Full body, with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Delicious and succulent. Better in 2018.  (2/ 2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This delivers the textbook panoply of blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit of the appellation, with a lush, creamy mouthfeel and a long licorice- and sweet toast-filled finish. Along with the suave fruit, there's latent grip that should mellow nicely with midterm cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2023.  (3/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon; 15% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of kirsch, blackberry and licorice. Thick and sweet but juicy, with some superripe qualities leavened by nicely integrated acidity. Densely packed and loaded with fruit. Big, sexy and long, finishing with ripe tannins and a note of nutty oak.  (7/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*1/2V Black fruit aromas. Spicy, sexy, lively wine. Could be a great value!

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/23/2013  | Send Email
My pick as the best value under $50 from this great vintage. Black fruit aromas. Spicy, sexy, lively wine!

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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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Saint Emilion