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Château Croix Cardinale 2022

#Unique #ToucheOfPeps

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

IDENTITY

Potential blend:

  • 65% Merlot
  • 30% Cabernet Franc
  • 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Potential alcoholic degree: 13,79°

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

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The coldest point was -7°C in early April 2022. But thanks to favourable weather conditions in the following weeks, the vines is starting to grow again.

While May ended with exceptionally low rainfall, June and July were similar to 2020, and August was lower again.

However, our vineyards on the northern slope of the clay-limestone plateau favour us: here, temperatures will not exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

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

HARVEST

  • September 12th, 29th & 30th
  • Yields: 27hl/ha
  • Estimated production: 26 000 bottles
Verre de Château Croix Cardinale - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

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

#Unique #TouchOfPeps #IntenseFruit

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

SOUNDTRACK

Enjoy a glass of Château Croix Cardinale 2022 while listening to the tune Le Temps de l’AmourBon Entendeur vs Françoise Hardy

Reviews for this vintage

DECANTER, GEORGINA HINDLE

93
Fruity and forward on the palate, a rush of bright and tangy blackcurrant, black cherry and strawberry fruit with a calm succulence and crushed stone minerality. This feels nicely complete and round, easy to drink even now with balanced acidity and a super smooth yet appealingly weighted tannic structure. Freshness and mass appeal here. 3.67pH. Yield of 27hl/ha. Bee friendly. Ageing 12-14 months, 70% new French oak barrels, 26% in one wine barrels, 4% in amphora of 750l. 7.62ha estate on clay and limestone soils. Harvest 12, 29 and 30 September. Jean-Philippe Fort consultant. May 2023

FALSTAFF, PETER MOSER

93
Deep dark ruby, inky, opaque core, purple reflections. Fresh black cherries, blackberries, fine wood spice, nuances of herbs and orange zest. Medium complexity, blackberry fruit, fresh structure, chalky minerality, lemony finish, good ageing potential. May 2023

GREAT WINES OF BORDEAUX

92
65% Merlot, 30% C. Franc and 5% C. Sauvignon. 13.79% alcohol. Beginning with 2022 vintage, grapes from the vineyard on the northern slope were included in Fleur Cardinale, while grapes from the vineyard planted with C. Sauvignon on the southern slope were included in Croix Cardinale. It’s the first time C. Sauvignon is in the blend. Lush cherries, violets, dark chocolate, energetic, well-defined on the palate, silky tannin, and delicate finish. Seductive effort. May 2023

JAMES SUCKLING

91-92
Fresh berry and orange peel with some stone aromas and flavors. Rose stems, too. Medium body. Savory and crisp. April 2023

JEB DUNNUCK

91-93
Coming from the same team as Fleur Cardinale, the 2022 Château Croix Cardinale is a more Cabernet Franc-driven blend and checks in as 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Hitting 13.79% natural alcohol, with a pH of 3.69, its vivid purple color is followed by a lifted, floral, red and blue-fruited bouquet. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, lively, elegant 2022 with plenty of ripeness, outstanding purity, and fine-grained tannins. May 2023

THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER, JEFF LEVE

91-93
Medium-bodied, soft, silky, and fresh, with sweetness, and lift to the red cherries, and plums on the supple, textured palate. There is fruit, and freshness in the finish. Drink from 2025-2035. May 2023

THE WINE INDEPENDENT, LISA PERROTTI-BROWN

90-92
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2022 Croix Cardinale sashays out with suggestions of black raspberries, black cherry compote, and stewed plums, plus touches of licorice, tar, and dried roses. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is velvety and juicy with compelling freshness and a perfumed finish. Croix Cardinale is a small, 8.5-hectare vineyard composed of limestone and clay. The blend this year is 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. May 2023

YVES BECK

91-93
Le bouquet de Croix Cardinale se révèle de manière filigrane, subtilement. Cela surprend quelque peu, entendez par cela que je l'ai connu plus exubérant. C'est tout en sa faveur d'ailleurs ! En bouche le vin est de bonne densité. Belle harmonie entre l'ampleur et une touche friande. Les tannins, veloutés, sont de bonne facture et de pair avec la fraîcheur de la structure acide. Un vin convaincant ! May 2023