Dominique and Florence Decoster also had a clear idea of the wine they wanted to make: one which mirrors their love of the Saint-Emilion region and above all one which expresses the terroir of the vineyard of Château Fleur Cardinale.
Château Fleur Cardinale has since thrilled wine lovers in every vintage, achieving that much sought-after quality of power combined with elegance.
The wines display a deep, dense-coloured hue, while on the nose there are powerful ripe fruit aromas mingling with floral notes. Feminine in style, the wines have a seductive, rich mouth-feel, underpinned by elegant, silky tannins. The finish is long and harmonious, promising very long ageing potential in bottle.
These specific tasting characteristics, immediately recognisable to its growing number of followers, are the hallmark of Château Fleur Cardinale.
Tasting note for 2009: Dark hue with purple-blue tints. Nose of ripe fruits (blackcurrant, redcurrant) with delicate oak undertones. Lovely stuffing on the palate and melted, silky tannins. The finish is still powerful yet focused and driven by spice and fruit. A fine effort.’
ROBERT PARKER – THE WINE ADVOCATE CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE 94/100
A good value among over-achieving St-Emilion estates is Fleur Cardinale’s 2009. Composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the abrasive tannins noticeable early on in this big wine (14,5% alcohol) are now sweeter and better integrated. Made from tiny yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare, this is a concentrated, rich effort revealing lots of black cherry and black currant fruit as well as a fragant, firm, full-bodied personality. It should be at its best between 2016 and 2030
JAMES SUCKLING.COM : CHATEAU FLEUR CARDINALE 93/100
Wow. Blueberry, minerals, oyster shell and black chocolate aromas. Full body, with velvety tannins and juicy finish. Delicious and succulent. Better in 2018. SECRET DE CARDINALE 94/100
Lycee fruit, with hints fruit tea aromas. Dark ripe fruits too. Full body, with loads of velvety tannins and a crazy finish of exotic fruits. This is 100% Merlot and a tiny parcel next to the estate of Fleur Cardinale. Try after 2017(Février 2012)
WINE SPECTATOR.COM : 93/100
This delivers the textbook panoply of blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit of the appellation, with a lush, creamy mouthfeel and a long licorice-and sweet toast-filled finish. Along with the suave fruit, there’s latent grip that should mellow nicely with midterm cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2023. JM (January 2012)