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Château Croix Cardinale

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Our Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is produced on a small neighbouring estate, separate from Château Fleur Cardinale.

Château Croix Cardinale - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

PROFILE

Château Croix Cardinale is a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru from plots bordering the Château Fleur Cardinale estate. The wine is made and aged in its own winery that was fully renovated in 2012 with an ecological approach.

We like to say that Château Croix Cardinale is Château Fleur Cardinale’s “cousin”,  since we use similar vine-growing, winemaking and harvesting practices for both. Like its cousin, Château Croix Cardinale is a wine with great ageing potential and the additional benefit of being easy to enjoy young, within two or three years after the harvest.

However, depending on the vintage, we advise waiting at least some time before tasting it. This wine will then blossom over the next fifteen years.

Capsule de Château Croix Cardinale - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

TASTING NOTES

Château Croix Cardinale boasts fresh aromas of ripe black fruit.

The wine is full-bodied and delicious on the palate.

Like its older cousin, Château Croix Cardinale is known for its smooth tannins.

The finish is long and aromatic

Specifications

Appellation:

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

First vintage of the Decoster family:

2011

Surface area:

4.5 hectares (11.12 acres)
4 plots

Type of soils:

Clay : 100% brunisols issus de Molasse du Fronsadais

Density of plantation:

5400 vines / ha

Average age of vines:

50 years

Planting:

72% Merlot
28% Cabernet Franc

Harvest:

Manual, in small crates
Sorting by density (Tribaie) and manual sorting

Vinification:

Stainless steel vats

Ageing:

12 to 14 months - new French oak

Average production:

18 000 bottles

Distribution:

100% Place of Bordeaux

Croix Cardinale vintages