Decanter: "Intensely perfumed on the nose, so expressive and aromatic with dark chocolate and blackcurrant liqueur aspects. Juicy, fresh, playful, lifted and upfront - this has a lot going on. It's lightly framed with a lifted nature on the palate, the flavours all vertical and expansive but not heavy. It's a delicate style in terms of structure but the flavours are persistent and really fill the mouth with a brightness as well as minty, chocolate, liquorice fresh tannins. I love this one - a real success of the vintage. Usually 70-75% Merlot, so this is a new Fleur Cardinale, the' kind of blend we'd like to have in the future' says Ludovic and Caroline Decoster, with increased plantings of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon taking place at the estate. Consultants Jean Philippe Fort - Michel Rolland Laboratoire. "
Suckling: "A refined and linear wine with blackberry and blueberry aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a racy finish. Classy."
Galloni: "The 2021 Fleur Cardinale is an unqualified success for the Decoster family. Dense, rich and beautifully layered, the 2021 offers up copious dark plum, chocolate, spice and licorice, deftly balancing its extroverted personality with the vibrancy of the year. The 2021 was gorgeous both times I tasted it. Sadly, yields are down a startling 50%."
Wine Cellar Insider: "Deeply colored, lush, round, opulent, and concentrated for the vintage, you find spicy, floral, black cherries, touches of chocolate, licorice, espresso and a hint of spice. Silky in the mouth, fresh and fruity, the finish is soft, supple and polished. The blend is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. All that extra Cabernet really makes a difference adding more freshness, complexity and individuality. I hope they continue using more Cabernet here in future vintages. The harvest took place October 1 - 12. This is the first vintage from 100% organic farming. Drink from 2023-2039."
Weinwisser: "Intensives Bouquet, schwarzes Johannisbeergelee, Holundersaft, Anflug von Vanilleschote und Flieder. Am satten Gaumen mit weicher Textur, sandigem Extrakt, nerviger Rasse, engmaschigem Körper. Im konzentrierten Finale Wildkirsche, eine volle Ladung Graphit und mürbe Adstringenz. Fällt zum Vorjahr leicht ab."
Dunnuck: "The 2021 Château Fleur Cardinale is terrific, and certainly an outstanding wine. Lots of ripe darker cherry and almost blue fruits give way to a medium-bodied, concentrated, balanced, textured 2021 that has a great mid-palate and ripe tannins. It offers tons of pleasure and will drink well right out of the gate. The blend is 75% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in 90% new barrels, it was harvested between the 1st and 12th of October, and it hit 13.5% natural alcohol."
Neal Martin: "The 2021 Fleur Cardinale has a very ripe bouquet of black cherries, blueberry
and crushed violets scents, showing better delineation than previous vintages.
The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, fine acidity, gentle grip
and judicious use of oak on the finish. This is a more restrained Fleur Cardinale
and it works well."
Wine Advocate: "The 2021 Fleur Cardinale exhibits aromas of sweet cherries and blackberries mingled with vanilla pod and spices. Medium to full-bodied, bright and unusually elegant, it's seamless and polished, with good depth at the core and a mouthwatering finish. I suspect it will continue to flesh out with further élevage."
Falstaff: "Dunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Frische Brombeeren, zart nach Lakritze und Edelholz, Mandarinenzesten klingen an. Mittlerer Körper, rotbeerig und frisch, zarte Tannine, etwas weitmaschig, Kirschen, zitronig im Abgang, ein leichtfüßiger Speisenbegleiter."
Chateau Fleur Cardinale
Chateau Fleur Cardinale, 33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, Frankreich