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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.

LOCATION

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.

THE “COUSIN”

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.

PROFILE

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:

10,5 hectares
13 plots

Type of soils:

Clay and limestone, 6 types of soils:

Limestone soil over an Asteria limestone sub-soil
Limestone soil over green marl
Limestone colluvial soils over silty-sandy molasse
Limestone soil over silty-sandy molasse
Clay soil over silty-sandy molasse
Clay-silty-sandy limestone colluviosoils

Density of plantation:

5400 vines / ha

Average age of vines:

50 years

Planting:

64% Merlot
24% Cabernet Franc
12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest:

Manual, in small crates
Manual sorting

Vinification:

Stainless steel vats

Ageing:

12 to 14 months - new French oak

Average production:

Until the 2021 vintage : 18 000 bottles

Distribution:

100% Place of Bordeaux

Croix Cardinale vintages