Château-Fleur-Cardinale Saint Emilion 2009
In 2001, Florence and Dominique Decoster bought Château Fleur Cardinale, located in the east of Saint-Emilion, on one of the highest points of the appellation. Thanks to constant investments, both in the vineyard and in the winery, Chateau Fleur Cardinale quickly became a blue chip of the appellation. Noted for its consistent quality, Château Fleur Cardinale was promoted to the rank of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006 and confirmed in 2012. In 2011, Florence and Dominique Decoster acquired Château Croix Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, next to Château Fleur Cardinale.Château Fleur Cardinale is planted to 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with an average vine age of 45+ years. This high-altitude, limestone-rich site, is always picked late for optimal concentration and ripeness, and the wine usually spends 12-15 months in new oak barrels.
'The approach at Fleur Cardinale results in wines with a deep and powerful color and lots of body, vigor and depth. These modern wines have nevertheless retained all of the fruity and mineral identity that is worthy of the very fine wines of Saint-Émilion and of Bordeaux.'
Jean-Philippe Fort, Oenologist at the Michel Rolland Laboratory'Fleur Cardinale, which has been in the hands of Florence and Dominique Decoster since 2001, has been producing great wines with clockwork regularity every year and as a result is now considered one of the best 100 growths in Bordeaux. It came as no surprise when it was promoted to Classified Growth status in 2006, which it maintained in the new 2012 classification. The Decosters have been unwavering in their determination to get the best possible results every year regardless of cost or the efforts that may be necessary. I’ve been very proud to be the consultant for this property and to become a friend of the Decoster family. And whatever the successes or partial successes we may have achieved, we won’t hesitate to keep on making the best wine possible to meet the high expectations of our customers, who in the end are the only real judges of what we do.
In each vintage, I believe we have given it all we can, setting the bar higher the following year, seeking that extra detail which further enhances this lovely estate standing just next door to Valandraud and located undoubtedly in one of Saint-Emilion’s best wine growing areas. Our vineyard crew working among the old vines of the estate shows the greatest care for the natural environment and tends the vineyard as they would the loveliest of gardens, helping produce wines that are the fullest expression of a grand vin.' Jean-Luc Thunevin, consultant
Wine AdvocateA 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.
Wine SpectatorThis 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. 6,500 cases made.
James SucklingWow. Blueberry, minerals, oyster shell and black chocolate aromas. Full body, with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Delicious and succulent. Better in 2018.