In 2020, the perfectly aligned planets brought about favourable weather conditions to combine with precision tools to produce an immense wine –the first to be entirely vinified in the estate’s new cellars and the Decoster family’s 20th vintage. Vinification, tasting and inspiration(s) -everything conspired to turn this 3rd collector’s edition into an epic adventure in space. The wine produced in 2020 marked the Grand Cru’s departure towards a new signature. With this limited release of 2,000 magnums, the knight and the world of Fleur Cardinale have taken on a new form.
The idea of the theme germinated at the beginning of 2021, then blossomed with the events that took place over the year.
In February, marking a major advance in the history of space adventure, the Mars ‘Perseverance’ rover entered into Mars’s atmosphere.
In April, Thomas Pesquet made his preparations for going into space. Meanwhile, far from the excitement of this departure, alone among the alignments, vignerons were keeping an eye on the imminent threat of frost. As they scanned the skies, their minds wandered as they thought about the preparations of this French astronaut, who had been called upon to head up the ISS team. In the silence of these freezing nights in the vineyards, surrounded by anti-frost towers that resembled launch-pads, their imaginations took off. Space aspirations and earthly realities merged. On the frontier between the infinitely great and the infinitely small, the idea of this extra-terrestrial theme took root.
In November, NASA launched with DART its very first space defence mission to counter asteroids. And in December, the James Webb telescope, the largest space telescope ever designed, was launched. These events out in space helped complete our 2020 theme among the stars.