This is tight and very focused with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry and stone aromas and flavors. Such purity of fruit here. Full and very, very polished. Compacted and compressed.
We are stepping up a gear with this wine from the late-ripening side of the plateau. It is showing extremely well, but is still very young. One of the more interesting wines to taste in bottle, because the final blend was only selected in March 2017. Expect seductive, well fleshed out fruit. Contemporary in style and extremely enjoyable. Consultants are Jean-Philippe Fort and Jean-Luc Thunevin. (JA)
The 2015 Château Fleur Cardinale is beauty in the vintage and checks in as a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up all in new oak. Offering sensational notes of black cherries and currant fruits, toasty oak, graphite, and licorice, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and gorgeously pure and elegant on the palate. It has fine tannin emerging on the finish and is made in a straight, structured, classic style. Give bottles a year to two and it should drink beautifully over the following 15+. I was able to taste this wine three separate times and, surprisingly, it showed best from a bottle purchased here in the US. It has the purity of fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage and is a gem readers should seek out. This wine is an exclusive of American Jeffrey Davies.
Shows very pretty fruit, with boysenberry and raspberry confiture notes rolling along, picking up hints of anise and fruitcake. There's lush toast and velvety structure, but the energy is good enough to let it all play out harmoniously. (JM)
The 2015 Château Fleur Cardinale is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon matured in 100% new oak. It offers sweet dates and figs tincturing the dark cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose. Heady perhaps, yet there is more delineation here than I have discerned in other vintages. The palate is full-bodied with lush ripe black cherry fruit, blueberry and cassis coming in behind, fanning out towards a plush finish that just needs a little more precision to come through. (NM)
An extreme wine, the 2015 Fleur Cardinale pushes ripeness to the edge. The flavors are inky, jammy and intense, with plenty of blackberry preserve, menthol, licorice, plum, dark spice and chocolate notes. The finish is broad, sweeping and ample. There is not much subtlety here, rather Fleur Cardinale is a wine of pure opulence and intensity. I saw some variation across the four samples I tasted. If the bottled wine captures a bit of freshness, the 2015 may turn out to be outstanding, but some samples were decidedly pruney and overripe. Tasted four times. (AG)
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