Marc Soucy - Focus on Bordeaux :
Château Fleur Cardinale Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2003
Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France Grapes: 70% Merlot - 20% Cabernet Franc - 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Even though the new owners Dominic and Florence Decoster only bought Château Fleur Cardinale in 2001, their rapid investment in both field and winery earned the property the rank of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006, and it was reconfirmed this year in 2012. This wine has developed a reputation for reflecting the Saint-Émilion terroir, while being at once powerful yet feminine in style. A group of talented wine professionals, including Jean-Luc Thunevin and Robert Avargues work with them to create this classified growth.
Slightly cloudy in the glass, this wine shows a tawny color, and is fairly opaque. A rich nose of cherry and blackberry compote, caramel, and smoky forest floor aromas demonstrate the wine’s original complexity and effect of proper bottle aging. The palate shows flavors of rich plum pudding with ripe cherry notes. Solid but smooth acidity and matte tannins reveal hints of mocha as well. In addition, a subtle hint of something between white button mushroom and hearts of palm peaks out once in a while on the palate. All this complexity reminds me a bit of well made fruit cake: assorted cooked fruits, smoky baking spices, and an illusive umami character, combine to make for a satisfying aged wine experience.
-- Marc Soucy, FWS
FWS: Certification by the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris France
Wine Tasting Notes Prepared for BLM Wine