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Château Fleur Cardinale 2018

Precision & Ambition

Un verre de Château Fleur Cardinale - © M. Johnson

IDENTITY

Potential blend :

  • 70% Merlot
  • 25% Cabernet Franc
  • 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Potential alcoholic degree: 14,5°

La vigne - © 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.

Le temps des vendanges - © J. Buchholtz

HARVEST

  • 27 September > 24 October 2018
  • Yields: 45 hl/ha
  • Estimated production: 120 000 bottles of first wine
Ludovic carafant une bouteille de Château Fleur Cardinale - © M. Johnson

TASTING SUGGESTIONS

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

Une bouteille de Fleur Cardinale 2015 - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

The 2018 vintage is synonymous of:

  • Resurgence
  • Generosity
  • Precision
  • Ambition
Vin et musique - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

SOUNDTRACK

The wine is still in barrel… but we can already say that the 2018 vintage has got great energy like in the song Green Day – Still Breathing

Reviews for this vintage

ANTHOCYANES, YOHAN CASTAING

93-95
Nez frais, iris, mure et myrtille. Nez de terroir froid ce qui lui sied merveilleusement cette année. Velouté, satiné avec une grosse charge tannique, une densité sur la profondeur et une finale élégante et fruitée. Plein de mouvement. Un vrai changement de style.

YVES BECK

94-95
Pourpre violacé. Bouquet intense marqué par son terroir avec des notes crayeuses. Ils révèlent également des notes de cerises et une touche confite. Au palais, le vin est crémeux, élégant et doté d’une structure rafraîchissante qui confère un peu de peps à l’ensemble du palais. Les tannins sont fins et se révèlent lentement en fin de bouche. Une belle réussite à Fleur Cardinale. 2024-2043Avril 2019.

DECANTER, JANE ANSON

94
After a tough 2017 in terms of frost, Fleur Cardinale returns to a more normal blend this year and has produced a very beautiful wine. This is, as ever with this cooler terroir over to the west of St-Emilion, a little bigger than some, with well defined tannins and a fairly masculine feel. Give it time in the glass and the rich, ripe brambly fruits come spilling over, full of juice and promise. The tannins are equally full of life and overall this is extremely appealing. It has settled in already at this early stage, and will age well. April 2019.

MARKUS DEL MONEGO, MW

94
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Elegant nose with fine fruit, slightly closed character but opening up well. On the palate elegant and juicy fruit, sweet tannins, full-bodied with good length, multi-layered finish. A combinaison of elegance and structure Avril 2019

JAMES SUCKLING

94-95
This is really linear and tight for this winery and shows seriousness and polish. Medium-to full-bodied and a tight, compact palate. Very fresh and long, too. I can see a change to more linear and precise wines here. April 2019.

VERTDEVIN, JONATHAN CHOUKROUN CHICHEPORTICHE

17,5 // 95
The nose is fresh, fruity, elegant, complex and offers power, generosity/gourmandize, a beautiful finesse of the structure, a very beautiful finesse of the grain (Silk !), a very beautiful precision as well as a fine concentration. It reveals notes of blackberry, strawberry and small notes of cassis associated with fine touches of flowers, nutmeg/spices, fine mineral hints as well as very fine hints of violet/flowers (in the background) and very discreet toasted hints/spices. The palate is beautifully juicy, gourmand, well-balanced, currently slightly on the hold and offers a mineral frame, freshness, a very beautiful finesse, complexity, a very beautiful finesse of the grain, fresh/crunchy/juicy fruit as well as suavity. On the palate this wine expresses notes of fleshy/juicy cassis, juicy blackberry and small notes of juicy/fresh raspberry associated with fine touches of toasted, caramelized oak, toasted almond and a very discreet hint of flowers. Tannins are fine, elegant and structuring. Beautiful persistence. There are fine hints of chocolate, oak and caramelization on the persistence (bring gourmandize). Great finesse !

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST, ROGER VOSS

92-94
Ripe and juicy, this is a delicious wine with its fine tannins and acidity already in harmony. The structure of the wine is powerful with a dry core that will broaden out as the wine matures. April 2019.

WINE SPECTATOR, JAMES MOLESWORTH

93-96
Offers lovely fruit, with exotic plum and boysenberry notes gliding along, carried by a very velvety structure. The long finish has a nice flow, showing a latent anise echo. Seems to be holding back a bit, but there's some serious depth of fruit here. April 2019.