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Château Croix Cardinale 2018

#Energy #Silky

#Energie #Soyeux

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

Identity

Potential blend:

  • 75% Merlot
  • 25% Cabernet Franc

Potential 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 > 24 October 2018
  • Yields: 40hl/ha
  • Estimated production: 23 000 bottles

Tasting suggestions

The wine is still in barrel and will tell us more in the months to come…

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

HASHTAGS

The wine is still in barrel and will tell us more in the months to come…

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

Soundtrack

The wine is still in barrel and will tell us more in the months to come…

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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