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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Spectator, 91 Wine Enthusiast, 90 James Suckling
Region: St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 15%
Item no. 116373
Another top-notch success, the 2011 (70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon) hit 15% natural alcohol. Yields were a low 30 hectoliters per hectare, and the harvest occurred quite late. The result is a dense purple-colored wine with a stunning bouquet of blackberry jam, graphite, charcoal and blueberries. With superb density and purity as well as a multidimensional mouthfeel, this intense St.-Emilion is a sleeper of the vintage, although consumers are catching on to the exquisite quality emerging from La Fleur Cardinale. The 2011 should drink well for 15+ years.
Barrel Sample: 92-94 Points
A ripe, fleshy style, with lots of fig and mulled blackberry and blueberry fruit. Good toast and ganache notes thread this together, with a muscular feel on the finish. An overt style, but well done.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points
Here is a warm, ripe wine with dark tannins. It’s well spiced and fruity, showing crisp black currant fruits.
Barrel Sample: 89-91 Points
Plenty of good fruit with mineral and blueberry character. Full and chewy with polished tannins and a violet fruit undertones. Well made.
Barrel Sample: 89-90Points