2009 Fleur Cardinale, St-Émilion

SKU #1114978 94 points 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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Plenty of cassis, toasted spice, black cherries, graphite, and tobacco notes emerge from the 2009 Château Fleur Cardinale, a rich, full-bodied Saint-Emilion that's still relatively youthful. Full-bodied on the palate, with firm, chewy tannins and a great finish, this powerful, pedal-to-the-metal beauty is ideal for drinking over the coming 10-12 years. It will be interesting to see how these tannins evolve over the coming decade. Regardless, it certainly has more than enough fruit at the moment. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

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

92 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Plump raspberry and blueberry fruits on the nose alongside liquorice and black chocolate – with some added concentration in the glass from the low yield of 33hl/ha. There’s just a touch of heat on the finish, but it gets overtaken with a glossy cigar and mocha finish if you leave it in the glass for a good 15 minutes. Beautiful texture, this feels full and generous and is holding on extremely well at 10 years old. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

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

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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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