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Château Croix Cardinale 2018

#Energy #Silky

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

Identity

Blend:

  • 75% Merlot
  • 25% Cabernet Franc

Alcoholic degree: 14,5°

Une feuille par transparence - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

Weather conditions

The 2018 growing season was marked by excess rainfall up till the end of June, followed by hot weather at the end.

Favoured by ideal weather conditions at the end of the season, we were able to perform “haute-couture” harvesting work.

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

Harvest

  • 10 to 24 October 2018
  • Yields: 40hl/ha
  • Production: 25 000 bottles

Tasting suggestions

  • Optimal tasting period: 2021 – 2035.
  • Today: to be kept in the cellar.
  • Serving temperature : 17-18°C.
Hashtag Croix Cardinale - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

HASHTAGS

#minty #redfruits #licorice #finesse #elegance #fresh #salivating

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

Soundtrack

Enjoy a glass of Château Croix Cardinale 2018 while listening to the tune I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos.

Reviews for this vintage

ANTHOCYANES, YOHAN CASTAING

90-92
Très fruité, presque gourmand, des arômes de fruits noirs très frais. Veloutée et juteuse, la bouche offre une réelle charge tannique avec une finale sur la longueur. Plein et gourmand à la fois. Avril 2019

YVES BECK

88-89
Rouge grenat aux reflets violacés. Bouquet de bonne intensité marqué par des notes de mûres et de myrtilles. Le corps est crémeux et doté de bons tannins qui assurent bien les arrières. Finale friande et fruitée. 2022-2028 Mars 2019

BETTANE & DESSEAUVE

88-89
Velouté, paré d’une gourmandise de fruit déjà très expressive, avec un profil tannique qui parvient à demeurer élancé. Avril 2019

JEANNIE CHO LEE, MW

88
A delicious St Emilion red with elevated plush tannins and plenty of dark plum fruit. Balanced and delicious even young. January 2021

MARKUS DEL MONEGO, MW

92
Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Elegant nose with restrained fruit and discreet hints of flowery components as well as mild spices. On the palate well balanced with ripe tannins, sweet fruit, mild spices and convincing length. April 2019

92
Intense purple colour with violet hue and almost black core. Delightful nose with refined fruit reminiscent of blackberries, mulberries and hints of cherries, complemented by mild spies and a flowery touch. On the palate well structured with velvety tannins, fine acidity adding freshness, flavour of dark berries and cherries with hints of gingerbread spices lingering in the aftertaste. January 2021

JEB DUNNUCK

91-93
From vines just beside Fleur Cardinale (the estate acquired this 4.5-hectare parcel in 2012), the 2018 Château Croix Cardinale reveals a deep purple color as well as medium to full-bodied notes of spiced plums, graphite, licorice, and earth. It’s a ripe, sexy wine that has plenty of sweet tannins, a great texture, and plenty of length on the finish, and it’s very much in the style of the ripe yet pure vintage. The blend is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, brought up in new French oak. April 2019

FALSTAFF, PETER MOSER

93
Kräftiges Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, dezente Randaufhellung. Zart florl, ein Hauch von Veilchen und Lakritze, rotes Waldbeerkonfit, zart nach Mandarinenzesten, einladendes Bukett. Saftig, elegant, angenehme Extraktsüße, runde Tannine, gute Frische, ein Hauch von Nougat im Abgang, bleibt haften, vielversprechendes Reifepotenzial. Strong ruby garnet, violet reflections, discreet rim brightening. Delicate floral, a hint of violets and liquorice, red forest berry jam, delicate tangerine zest, inviting bouquet. Juicy, elegant, pleasant extract sweetness, round tannins, good freshness, a hint of nougat in the finish, remains adherent, promising maturity potential. January 2021

FORBES, TOM MULLEN

97
From Fleur Cardinale comes this 75/25 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Silky, elegant aromas of cherries, raspberries, strawberries and chocolate. In the mouth—structured and statured with silent tannins and spectacular acidity that accentuate a royal flush of flavors: red fruit, figs, peaches and a sliver of eucalyptus on the finish. Bravo. Consider pairing with escargot, a chorizo and mushroom stew or hard cheese such as comté. February 2021

GAULT & MILLAU

90-92
Très fruité, presque gourmand, des arômes de fruits noirs très frais. Veloutée et juteuse, la bouche offre une réelle charge tannique avec une finale sur la longueur. Plein et gourmand à la fois. Juin 2019

JANCIS ROBINSON

16
Mid crimson. Very light leafiness on the nose. Neat, well-balanced palate with ripe but not too-ripe fruit with real freshness. Light sandpaper tannins on the end. Not for the very long term but very nice supper wine in the short to medium term. January 2021

JAMES SUCKLING

91-92
Very refined and polished with dark-berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium body, soft and fine tannins and a flavorful finish. April 2019.

91
Currants, wild raspberries, hazelnuts, dried herbs and flowers on the nose. Some meaty aromas, too. It’s medium-bodied with sleek tannins. Fresh and silky. A little light on the finish, but very attractive. 75% merlot and 25% cabernet franc. Try from 2023. January 2021

RODERICK SMITH MW

90
Warm spicy oak aromas with oatmeal and smoke. Dried petals and roasted fruit underneath. Juicy black fruits and rich concentrated depth. Juicy and fresh. Young and yet to integrate tannins, enough acidity and freshness to balance. Not a hugely complex finish, but a serious and well constructed wine. Good. January 2021

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST, ROGER VOSS

90
This smoothly rich wine comes from an estate under the same ownership as cru classé Fleur Cardinale. It is spicy, dense with blackberry fruits and swathes of ripeness. This opulent wine will age relatively quickly. Drink from 2023. January 2021

VERTDEVIN, JONATHAN CHOUKROUN CHICHEPORTICHE

16 // 92
The nose is fruity, well-balanced, racy and offers a fine power. It reveals notes of ripe/crunchy cassis, Boysen berry and small notes of wild strawberry associated with fine touches of flowers, spices as well as very discreet hints of Cuben pepper and an imperceptible varietal hint (in the background). The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers a beautiful juiciness, a mineral/acidulous frame, tension, freshness, suavity, a beautiful precision, a good finesse of the grain, a beautiful finesse of the grain, silkiness as well as an aerial side. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy blackberry, fresh wild cassis and small notes fresh/crunchy red fruits associated with fine touches of flowers (iris, peony), cocoa, very discreet hints of toasted as well as a very discreet varietal hint (in the background), toasted almond and an imperceptible hint of vanilla pod (in the background). Tannins are fine, elegant and structuring. Good length.

15,75 // 91-92
The nose is fruity, elegant and offers a small deepness as well as a very fine concentration. It reveals notes of pulpy cassis, small bright blue fruits and small notes of small wild black fruits associated with small touches of lily, violet, very discreet hints of dry leaf/sense of the place, a very discreet hint of cardamom and an imperceptible hint of fresh tobacco. The palate is fruity, well-balanced and offers a beautiful juicy/fresh/bright fruit, structure, a small power as well as juiciness. On the palate this wine expresses notes of bright cassis and small bright/fresh blue berries, fresh Boysen berries associated with small touches of fresh violet plum, lily as well as discreet hints of sense of the place/dry oak leaf. Tannins are well-built and structuring. A discreet hint of salinity on the finish which bring appetence. A very discreet hint of liquorice stick in the persistence. Septembre 2020

VINOUS, ANTONIO GALLONI

90-92
The 2018 Croix Cardinale is rich, racy and full of personality. Super-ripe dark cherry, mocha, espresso and spice flavors give the 2018 its naturally exuberant, generous feel. Plush and creamy, with silky tannins, the 2018 is a winner. Consulting winemaker Jean-Philippe Fort coaxed a gorgeous Croix Cardinale in 2018. The blend is 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times. April 2019

VINOUS, NEAL MARTIN

87-89
The 2018 La Croix Cardinale has a ripe creamy, sexy bouquet that is very modern in style, but admittedly very seductive. The alcohol seems to be nicely contained here. The palate is medium-bodied with (again) a creamy texture. The acidity feels a little low here and consequently it just lacks the tension and race to see this through, rendering it a bit monotone. November 2019

WINE SPECTATOR, JAMES MOLESWORTH

92-95
There's lots here, with blackberry, plum and black currant flavors and anise, briar and sweet tobacco notes. Shows good energy throughout. Still needs to knit together, but all the pieces are in place. April 2019