Fleur Cardinale Saint-Émilion 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Bordeaux
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'Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Fleur Cardinale—composed of 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon—leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and ripe, juicy plums, plus hints of sandalwood, unsmoked cigars, menthol and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of ripe black and blue fruits, framed by velvety tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing long with lots of mineral and exotic spice layers. A very stylish Saint-Émilion! Drink 2023-2040.' – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, 94+/100 (Mar 2021)

'The 2018 Fleur Cardinale is bright and focused, yet has all of the raciness the estate's fans have come to expect. Inky red fruit, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal develop with a bit of coaxing. Today the 2018 is a bit tightly wound, but that should serve it just fine as it ages in bottle. Pretty Cabernet Franc accents linger on the persistent finish. Drink 2026-2038.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 94/100 (Mar 2021)

'An estate that is just doing such good work right now. This was delicious en primeur and for me a little better in bottle. Has that slow slate-textured finish that makes things inch along slowly, giving time to appreciate the rich berry fruits and floral edge to the aromatics. An interesting initiative in the packaging also, with a wooden cask that has instructions for being turned into a bird box afterwards, encouraging recycling. A yield of 45l/ha. 100% new oak. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045.' – Jane Anson, Decanter, 94/100 (Nov 2020)

'Ripe and focused, with tasty red and black currant fruit flavors that have a racy edge, mixed with hints of anise, bramble and steeped dark tea developing through the finish. Very solid. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2034.' – James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 93/100 (Mar 2021)

'The Decoster family, formerly producers of porcelain in Limoges, have given this estate considerable luster. This latest release shows a solid character, powered by dark tannins, hints of licorice and rich fruit. Cabernet Franc aromas shine through the jammy Merlot. Drink from 2025.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 93/100 (Apr 2021)

'The 2018 Fleur Cardinale replicates the bouquet that I found out of barrel, offering copious and quite precocious black fruit and hints of iodine and vanilla (the latter receding with aeration). The cohesive palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, touches of tar and cedar and sufficient freshness on the peppery finish. A composed Saint-Émilion that just needs to develop more personality with bottle age. Drink 2023-2040.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 91+/100 (Mar 2021)

'Dark, intense nose – blackcurrants in black velvet. Blackberries and box leaf and some charred chocolate undertones. Dry, polished, disciplined tannins. Every flavour component is carried by and testament to balance of fruit concentration, tannic structure and freshness. Has a dark gleam and focus. Drink 2025-2045.' – Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20 (Jan 2021)
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Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Blend information 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating WA 94+
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