First samples of 2019 Bordeaux en primeur have landed on our tasting desk. Fleur Cardinale at it's best. Deep bright purple, small black berries dominate, bright and crunchy mid palate, with extra fine grain tannins in the background. Will be gorgeous from 2030. Very well done Ludovic and team.THIS IS ON THE LEVEL OF THEIR 2009. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
The 2019 Fleur Cardinale is ripe, bold and luscious, with striking depth and resonance. Inky dark fruit, graphite, lavender, spice, menthol and blueberry jam all race out of the glass. Even with all of its obvious intensity, the 2019 has terrific freshness and vibrancy. In 2019, the blend is 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasted two times. Score: 93 - 95Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com 18 June 2020
Deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Fleur Cardinale exudes opulent scents of cinnamon stick, star anise, plum preserves and chocolate-covered cherries with a seducing undercurrent of lilacs, mulberries, allspice and black truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is already tantalizingly delicious, revealing layer upon layer of black fruits, exotic spices and earthy sparks, finishing with great freshness and depth. This year's blend is 76% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.Score: 93 - 95Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate 18 June 2020
The 2019 Fleur Cardinale has a very composed bouquet, perhaps more so than its sibling, Croix Cardinale. It offers black cherries, black olive and light cassis aromas, all nicely integrated with the oak. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit mixed with graphite and cedar, almost Left Bank like towards the structured finish. Excellent. Score: 92 - 94Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2024-204816 June 2020
Stunning stuff, the 2019 Château Fleur Cardinale might be the finest vintage of this wine I've tasted. Deep purple-hued, with awesome notes of ripe red and black currants, tobacco, chocolate, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a plush, seamless texture, polished tannins, and a great finish. This is a killer 2019 that shows the class, balance, and purity of the vintage while backing it up with depth and richness. Tasted twice. Score: 93 - 95Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com 11 June 2020
Always one of the bigger more powerful St Emilions, and this has plenty of estate signature. Excellent presence, it heads downwards, carving out a space for itself and settling in for the long haul. Clear oak character but not overdone, and has the glamour and sense of fun that I love about this property. Clear spice also, sage and rosemary alongside liquorice and black chocolate. Well handled, definitely a bigger-framed wine but delivered with confidence and appeal - you're going to want to try this. Tasted twice, three weeks apart. 100% new oak. A yield of 44hl/ha. Every case sold this year will see one tree planted, with the hope of planting 10,000 trees. Score: 94 Jane Anson, Decanter.com Maturity: 2027 - 204201 June 2020
This is a wine that has a broad brush of tannins that give energy and subtle texture to the palate. Beautiful blue fruit and terracotta. Really fine-grained tannins. Beautiful, sweet fruit at the finish. One of the best I have had from here. Really want to drink it. 76% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 4% cabernet sauvignon. Score: 95 – 96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 20 May 2020