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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 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


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.



Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

First vintage of the Decoster family:


Surface area:

11 hectares
12 plots

Type of soils:

Clay : 100% brunisols issus de Molasse du Fronsadais

Density of plantation:

5400 vines / ha

Average age of vines:

30 years


72% Merlot
28% Cabernet Franc


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


Stainless steel vats


12 to 14 months - new French oak

Average production:

18 000 bottles


100% Place of Bordeaux

Croix Cardinale vintages