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2009 Château Fleur Cardinale

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ITEM 8459797 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

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RATINGS

92Stephen Tanzer

Slightly high-toned aromas of kirsch, blackberry and licorice. Thick and sweet but juicy, with some superripe qualities leavened by nicely integrated acidity. Densely packed and loaded with fruit. Big, sexy and long...

90-92Robert M. Parker Jr.

The wine is concentrated, pure, impressively perfumed, and long, but the tannins are astringent at present, giving it a dry, raspy element in the finish.

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.