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2003 Château Fleur-Cardinale


Base neck level; Josue V. Harari Collection help

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$40.00 per Bottle


2 Bottles




"As suggested in previous reports, Fleur-Cardinale has become a seriously run estate under the new owners, Dominique and Florence Decoster. The vineyard consists of 45 acres planted (in rich clay/limestone soils) with 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. The winemaking team represents a partnership between Michel Rolland's top assistant, Jean-Philippe Fort, and Jean-Luc Thunevin. The 2003's deep ruby/purple color is followed by superb scents of roasted herbs, meat, black cherry jam, cassis, licorice, smoke, and a hint of truffles. This flavorful, up-front, low acid wine (4,000 cases produced) combines power and concentration with a sense of elegance and balance. Enjoy this savory, expansive, exceptionally pure 2003 over the next 10-15 years. It is unlikely to shut down." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #164
(WA, 04/01/2006)

Rating: 91
Drink from: 2006-2021

"Healthy ruby-red. Exotic jammy berries, plum, smoked meat, coffee and truffle on the nose. Sweet and fat, with full-blown flavors of woodsmoke and truffle. Relies more on its substantial ripe tannins than its acids for structure, but there's no shortage of energy. Finishes with building tannins and notes of plum, redcurrant and mocha." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
(AG, 05/01/2006)

Rating: 90

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