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Château Fleur Cardinale 2019

Brightness & Enthusiasm

Un verre de Château Fleur Cardinale - © M. Johnson

IDENTITY

Potential blend :

  • 76% Merlot
  • 20% Cabernet Franc
  • 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Potential alcoholic degree: 14,5°

La vigne - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The year 2019 has been a year of extremes. At the beginning of May we lost 1.5 hectares due to the frost. Then the following weeks were very dry and the temperatures very high.

Finally, the rainfall in July and August was satisfying and will allow the grapes to reach maturity at the end of September.

Le temps des vendanges - © J. Buchholtz

HARVEST

  • from 2 to 14 October 2019
  • Yields:  44hl/ha
  • Estimated production: 115 000 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 2019 vintage is synonymous of:

  • Brightness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Energy
  • Reactivity
Vin et musique - © C. Decoster, Château Fleur Cardinale

SOUNDTRACK

The wine is still in barrel but it already reminds us of the song By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Reviews for this vintage

YVES BECK

93-94
Pourpre violacé dense. Très invitant et complexe ce bouquet ! Il associe parfaitement les notes fruitées, la maturité et la fraîcheur. Agréables nuances de mûres, de cerises et de graphite, suivies d’une touche de fèves de cacao. En bouche le vin est friand, crémeux et équilibré. Il est doté de tannins élégants qui se révèle doucement et qui assurent bien les arrières communément avec la structure. Ce Fleur Cardinale a de l’ampleur, un peu de gras et du tempérament. Finale fruitée et persistante. Une belle réussite. Ludovic et Caroline Decoster ont su allier charme et vigueur. C’est prometteur ! Mai 2020

JAMES SUCKLING

95-96
This is a wine that has a broad brush of tannins that give energy and subtle texture to the palate. Beautiful blue fruit and terracotta. Really fine-grained tannins. Beautiful, sweet fruit at the finish. One of the best I have had from here. Really want to drink it. May 2020