Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Fleur Cardinale, St Emilion 2012

R1,395

A rising star in St Emilion, over-achieving with quality and longevity of beautifully textured wines. One to look for

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2012

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Formal Entertainment, Indulgence

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Right Bank

Critics Top Rating

93 points

Story

Story

Château Fleur Cardinale is a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé.Chateau Fleur Cardinale was purchased by Dominique Decoster and Florence Decoster in 2001. Before the Decoster family bought the property, it was owned by the Asseo family.

If you did not know, Fleur Cardinale takes its name was the myriad of roses and other brightly colored flowers that are planted in front and surrounding the chateau, which is the family home. Following their initial purchase of Chateau Fleur Cardinale, they renovated the entire estate and all the wine making facilities.

Over the past few years, the children of Florence Decoster and Dominique Decoster, Caroline Decoster and Ludovic Decoster have been taking increased roles in managing the estate and will eventually be placed in charge of Chateau Fleur Cardinale.

The more impatient among you can start discovering it four years after the harvest, but in this case it should be decanted for several hours beforehand.For those who are more patient, Château Fleur Cardinale is a wine that ages extremely well. It remains fresh and lively after the first decade and will stay in excellent form for the next ten years, acquiring additional maturity. It will then reach a ripe old age, silently resting, waiting in your cellar.

Specifications

Specifications

Terroir – Dark red clay over limestone soil in the St. Etienne-de-Lisse sector, which is situated due east of the St. Emilion village. The vineyard is ideally situated, on a gentle slope, next to the chateau. Fleur Cardinale has a cooler, late ripening terroir, which coupled with the Decoster’s drive for picking ripe fruit, often has Fleur Cardinale being one of the last chateau to finish harvesting on the right bank. 23.5 hectares (58.07 acres), 57 plots

Average age of vines – 38 years

Blend – 76% Merlot,18% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon

Ageing – 12 to 14 months – new French oak

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

A wine with a deep, concentrated colour. The bouquet is equally delightful, with its intense range of aromas dominated by ripe fruit with floral and spicy overtones. This wine is charmingly balanced and generous on the palate with perfectly smooth tannins. The finish is long and aromatic. In short, a wine with an astonishing personality, embodying both power and elegance.

  • Optimal tasting period: 2017 – 2030.
  • Today: place the wine three hours in a carafe before the tasting, or keep it in the cellar.
  • Serving temperature: 17-18°C.
  • The 2012 vintage is synonymous of:

    • Freedom
    • Brightness
    • Trust
    • Timelessness

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker – 93 points

The flagship wine from the Decoster family, this blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon has been a hugely successful wine since they acquired this 58-acre estate and revolutionized the level of quality. This is consistently one of the best St.-Emilions and over-achieving for its classification. The 2012 has pure, striking aromatics of blueberry, black raspberry, minerals and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and multi-dimensional, with a beautiful texture, this is stunning wine that completely dominates its classification and over-delivers in terms of quality and potential longevity. It should drink well for 15 or more years. Yields were a modest 34 hectoliters per hectare from an unusually late harvest – October 22 to November 2.


Decanter – 92 points

December 2019. This is a little more mellow and balanced than the 2011, and for me much better for it. Full of soft gourmet-edged chocolate with plum, raspberry and blackberry fruits. A tiny bit short through the finish, the fruit is definitely softening, and you can drink this already, especially with a few hours in a carafe. Good quality, giving pleasure already, soft tannins. More Cabernet Franc and a little less Cabernet Sauvignon notable in the blend, in a late harvest year that ran from October 22 to November 3. Yield at 37hl/ha. Drinking Window 2019 – 2040


Vinous – 93 points

The 2012 Fleur Cardinale is a beautiful example of modern Saint-Emilion. Silky tannins and soft contours wrap around a core of red cherry jam, wild flowers, mint, cinnamon and white pepper. Dramatic and expansive on the palate, the 2012 shows remarkable nuance for such an intense wine. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. January 2016


Wine Spectator – 90-93 points

April 2013 Features a core of dark anise, fruitcake, plum sauce and raspberry, with a fleshy texture that hangs through the finish. Has guts without the vintage’s chewy, taut feel.

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