A remarkably balanced Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Chateau Fleur Cardinale is a red wine produced in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. The domain, which covers an area of 23.5 hectares, has several red grape varieties planted: Merlot (76%), Cabernet Franc (18%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%). The average vines are on average 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and limestone. The wine is aged for 12-14 months depending on the vintage, specifically in French oak barrels.
After a relatively complicated start of the year, due to heavy rainfall and frost at the end of March, flowering occurred at the end of May-early June. The month of July was perfect, which allowed for a rapid and even maturation. Pruning took place shortly before the expected drought in August. Water was retained by the famous clay-limestone soils after the rain of September 14th. These factors all contributed to the vines maturation.
With a sublime dark red color, Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2016 shows its suave and indulgent fruity character. Dripping in fruit and rich aromas, it is the result of diligent work in the vines. The tannins are both precise and creamy. This is a balanced wine that perfectly blends alcohol and acidity with an extremely fresh finish.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 100% new oak. Now this is a more restrained take for Fleur Cardinale, very pure and refined with red cherries, wild strawberry and light cassis notes, the oak neatly integrated (better than the 2015). The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, a fine bead of acidity, crisp and structured with a tightly wound finish that suggests that it will need four or five years in bottle. I suspect this will surpass the 2015 Fleur Cardinale - this is very fine.