“Jane Anson tastes seven vintages of Château Fleur Cardinale.”- Decanter

Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru – New Jane Anson’s Decanter Reviews
95 points
Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2016
“Plump, well-ripened but mellow fruit from the first nose. Touches of violet florality also as the Cabernet Franc takes the lead, and again the minerality is emphasised with a slate texture on the finish which does a brilliant job of counterbalancing the generous ripeness of the fruit. Crushed mint, liquorice, bitter chocolate on the finish also, this is gourmet and easy to love. Still has an austerity at this point – it needs another few years to really soften. These are lovely wines full of confidence and pleasure with their own distinct personality. 100% new oak. Drinking Window 2023 – 2044.”- Jane Anson, Decanter
92 points
Château Fleur Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2012
“This is a little more mellow and balanced than the 2011, and for me much better for it. Full of soft gourmet-edged chocolate with plum, raspberry and blackberry fruits. A tiny bit short through the finish, the fruit is definitely softening, and you can drink this already, especially with a few hours in a carafe. Good quality, giving pleasure already, soft tannins. More Cabernet Franc and a little less Cabernet Sauvignon notable in the blend, in a late harvest year that ran from October 22 to November 3. Yield at 37hl/ha. Drinking Window 2019 – 2040.”- Jane Anson, Decanter