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2012 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

4/21/2015 - bignbold Likes this wine: 92 points

This was an interesting bottle. I shared with a few wine friends and we all came to the same conclusion. We initially decanted and had a 1/4 glass for first impressions. The fruit was nice and there was an interesting hint of moss or truffle...mixed with earth (I call it dust bunnies), dark berries, and cocoa. We decided to let the wine open up a little and came back to it 90 minutes later. Talk about a change. It had opened up and had become considerably more balanced. I highly suggest anyone trying the 2012 show some restraint and give it a solid 90 minute decant. Overall, I give it a 92, with some upside in 3-5 years. If you want an interesting comparison, try tasting along side of the 2011 Fleur Cardinale. The differences are not slight whatsoever.

  • Comment posted by Caroline Decoster:

    4/30/2015 3:51:00 AM - Hello,
    Thanks for your very interesting comments abour our wines. In fact, we've opened a new section on our website with our own suggestions as to the best moment to open our bottles and fully enjoy each vintage:
    Do not hesitate to visit it ;-)
    Wishing you many other great tastings with our wines.
    Caroline Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale


2010 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/19/2014 - Klos Sr. wrote: flawed

After tasting the '11, I tried the better vintage of '10. My son an I did a blind tasting against new and old world wines (all cab, with one Spanish Rioja). This one was absolutely horrible, with serious VA problems. The nose smelled of acetone, and the wine had hints of gasoline. Likely a bottle problem; will try again.

  • Comment posted by Caroline Decoster:

    1/5/2015 2:48:00 AM - Hello,

    I'm very sorry to read that you had problems with a bottle of Fleur Cardinale 2010. Taking into account the descriptors you use to describe the wine, which are very precise (acetone, gasoline), I can assure you that the problem did not come from the wine itself, blind-tasted or not. Cork? Bad conditions of transport / storage (not because of you, but because of the seller for example)? One thing is sure: something has completely ruined our work, and so your tasting. Once again, I'm very sad / sorry for that, and wish you better luck next time.

    Best regards,

    Caroline Decoster, Chateau Fleur Cardinale.


2007 Château Fleur Cardinale

St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend more

3/16/2013 - Esteban wrote: 85 points

Nez sur les arômes de torréfaction. En bouche, beaucoup de bois, beaucoup de tannins mais très peu de fruit. Le 2e jour les tannins se sont un peu adoucis mais le fruit n'est toujours pas là. Bouteille défectueuse, mauvaise conservation ou simplement un mauvais millésime?

  • Comment posted by Caroline Decoster:

    5/28/2013 6:41:00 AM - Bonjour,

    Je viens de prendre connaissance de votre post avec un peu de retard.
    Cette bouteille de 2007 est très étrange effectivement : nous en ouvrons beaucoup à ce moment à la propriété et nos dégustations nous donnent à chaque fois l'occasion d'apprécier un joli fruit toujours bien présent. Peut-être effectivement que cela est dû à une mauvaise conservation ou à une bouteille défectueuse. Nous sommes désolés pour vous de cette mésaventure et espérons que vos prochaines dégustations de Fleur Cardinale seront à la hauteur de vos attentes !

    Bien cordialement,
    Caroline Decoster
    Château Fleur Cardinale

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