Saturday, January 14, 2006

Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2000 wine review by (PB)

This St. Emilion (Bordeaux) Grand Cru from the fabled vintage was a little disappointing. It is youthful in appearance with a fairly intense garnet hue. The bouquet on opening is full of milk chocolate—wonderful! Beneath the chocolate is buried fruit.

In the mouth it is well balanced but lacking in flavor. I am hoping it just needs to be breathed.

With an hour of air, the milk chocolate aromas are still present but subdued with a dark berry fruit and raspberries stronger than on opening. The tannins are quite gentle yet with some heft though and I suspect this wine is at its peak. Still, I think it will hold for some time yet; even possibly a couple years. (But if you have one, I’d drink it this year!)

The finish is adequate but not remarkable and that is my assessment of the wine in general.

It cost me $25 when I bought it about 2 years ago. It is well made as I stated but lacks oomph, and real character. It’s just “good” like, “85” points good if a point score helps. We had it with grilled filet mignon as our daughter—(NW’s wife) was up for the weekend. So, raise a glass to old world wines!

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