|WBOTD||Just the Good Stuff|
|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Consistently great 96 Point Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe | Acclaimed 2015 Vintage delivers Top Bordeaux for only $45 | Cellar Selection | Open after 2022|
|Why now?||On sale now $45|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||92WA | 93VM | 96JS | 93WS | 94JD|
|What is it?||St. Emilion Bordeaux|
|What’s in it?||70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|When to drink?||Now to 2032+|
|Pair with:||Pairs w/Finest Red Meat, Poultry, Cheese|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Classy Meal or Get-Together|
|If you want to drink now...||Don't | Wait until 2022 and then Decant 60 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||4+|
Fleur Cardinale 2015 | Pure Personality
96JS | Super rich baking spices across ripe dark plums in a very suave and attractively styled nose. While the palate projects incredible depth offering succulently seductive, fleshy plum flavors. Wow. Try Fleur Cardinale 2015 from 2022.
94JD | The Fleur Cardinale 2015 is beauty in the vintage. While checking in as a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up all in new oak. Yet offering sensational notes of black cherries and currant fruits, toasty oak, graphite, and licorice. In addition, it’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and gorgeously pure and elegant on the palate. It has fine tannin emerging on the finish and is made in a straight, structured, classic style. Give bottles a year to two and it should drink beautifully over the following 15+. Finally, it has the purity of fruit that’s the hallmark of the vintage. Most of all Fleur Cardinale 2015 is a gem the reader should seek out.
93AG | The Fleur Cardinale 2015 is terrific. Exotic and flamboyantly ripe, it exudes richness and depth in all of its dimensions. Blackberry jam, grilled herbs, mocha, leather, and menthol are all amped up in a dramatic, full-bodied wine that is long on personality. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more opulent side of Saint-Émilion. While a burst of red cherry jam, spice, new leather, spice, lavender and French oak punctuates the unctuous finish.
93WS | Delicious dark fig and boysenberry confiture flavors run from start to finish here. Also with a graphite spine embedded along the way. Plus flashes of anise, tar, and singed mesquite add range. Not shy but has the cut to pull it off. Best from 2022 through 2032
About Chateau Fleur Cardinale:
The estate was bought in 2001 by Florence and Dominique Decoster, and it has benefited from major investments which have made Château Fleur Cardinale one of the top names of the appellation. It is located to the east of the village of Saint-Émilion, on one of the high points of the appellation and it extends over 20 hectares. The vineyard is planted in a clay-limestone soil in the middle of the plateau on a pleasant late producing terroir. The vines are mainly merlot (70%) and then a balance of 15% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc.
With its great value for money, and showing great consistency in its quality, Château Fleur Cardinale was promoted to “Saint-Emilion Grand cru classé” in 2006. National Forest.