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2009 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion

SKU #1114978 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Wow. Blueberry, minerals, oyster shell and black chocolate aromas. Full body, with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Delicious and succulent. Better in 2018. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (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. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Extremely dark and lustrous. Sweet nose with a hint of animal fur. Stewed black cherries this time! Very sweet start and very polished with a certain amount of alcohol in evidence. Strictly for modernists. 16.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (3/2010)

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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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