2014 Chateau Fleur Cardinale St Emilion 750ml



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    Chateau Fleur Cardinale is always one of my favorite places to visit in Saint Emilion. First, because the owners, the Decoster family, are truly amazing people. And second, the wines are always a standout for me vintage after vintage. Ever since the 2005 vintage this Chateau has been on a roll! Coming in under $45, this Grand Cru Classé is truly one of the great values in Bordeaux!” – Jim Knight, The Wine House

    Blend: 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon


    2014 Bordeaux: A September Surprise

    Two thousand fourteen was one of the most dramatic growing seasons ever witnessed in Bordeaux. It may be hard to believe today, but well into August, 2014 was shaping up to be a repeat of 2013, a vintage most would like to forget. Then something remarkable happened. Freakishly warm, dry conditions arrived with a vengeance in September and saved the harvest. By all accounts, it was one of the warmest and driest Septembers ever recorded.

    It is, of course, a little more complicated than that. While the Indian summer was an unexpected and a positive surprise, there was some rain during harvest, while the blisteringly hot conditions caused issues with dehydration and shriveling in some areas. For the most part, however, September and October benefited from a glorious Indian summer that led to a late harvest. One of the hallmarks of 2014 is very long hang time, which in the finest wines manifests itself in very silky, polished tannins. – February 2017

    Wine Spectator: 92 points

    A light ganache edge leads the way, followed by flattering, lightly mulled cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. Offers a toasty finish, but there's enough flesh, grip and focus to pull this along. James Molesworth

    Review date: March 2017

    Vinous: 94 points

    The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is a dark, sumptuous wine. Dark cherry, plum, rose petal, licorice and sweet spices are all pushed forward. Extravagantly ripe and flamboyant, the 2014 hits all the right notes. As always, Fleur Cardinale shows the more overt, opulent side of Saint-Émilion, and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. Tasted two times. Antonio Galloni

    Review date: February 2017

    James Suckling: 94 points

    Fantastic aromas of crushed berries, lavender and blueberries. Full-bodied, dense and layered yet always polished and beautiful. Really impressive. Drink in 2020.”

    Review date: November -0001

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 90 points

    The 2014 Fleur Cardinale is located in Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse, the vines populating the lieu-dit of Thibaud. it has a powerful, rich and decadent bouquet bestowed with licorice and boysenberry jam. The palate is medium-bodied with muscular tannin, good depth, fine acidity with a structured and quite spicy finish that replicates the showing from barrel. Enjoy this over the next 8-10 years.

    Review date: March 2017