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2005 Château Fleur Cardinale

ITEM 7954458 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
davco60 1 $75 $75
Ronwalke… 2 $75 $150
10 $75
Item Sold Amount Date
I7973692 1 $75 Oct 10, 2021
I7972512 1 $76 Oct 10, 2021
I7972512 5 $75 Oct 10, 2021
I7967028 1 $75 Oct 3, 2021
I7954458 3 $75 Sep 19, 2021
I7949843 1 $75 Sep 12, 2021
I7943789 1 $75 Sep 5, 2021
I7911725 1 $75 Aug 8, 2021
I7911724 2 $77 Aug 8, 2021
I7826910 1 $75 May 9, 2021
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RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

Stunning nose of black cherry liqueur, cassis, licorice, earth and spice is followed by a full-bodied, concentrated and pure wine.

93Wine Spectator

Beautiful aromas of black licorice, berry and vanilla follow through to a full body, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, caressing finish. Polished and very pretty.

92+ Stephen Tanzer

...Sweet and generous but with excellent flavor definition and plenty of underlying structure; in fact, this very juicy, fresh, mineral-driven wine shows a restrained sweetness...

PRODUCER

Château Fleur Cardinale

Château Fleur Cardinale is a 60-acre Grand Cru estate in St.-Emilion. Though the estate dates back several centuries, its current owners, Florence and Dominique Decoster, purchased it in 2001. Dominque Decoster had been in the porcelain business in Limoges. The flagship wine is about 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and about 45,000 bottles are produced annually. The second wine is Château Bois Cardinale. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “Fleur Cardinale is made in a very satisfying, round, generous style that offers immediate satisfaction.”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.