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Château Croix Cardinale 2011

#Density #Licorice

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

Identity

Blend:

  • 70% Merlot
  • 15% Cabernet Franc
  • 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcoholic degree: 15°

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

Weather conditions

In the spring, we would have thought in summer, with a hot and very dry weather.

The freshness of July and August came restored balance.

The harvest was early, and took place during a beautiful Indian summer.

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

Harvest

  • 30 September > 20 October 2011
  • Yields: 28 hl / ha
  • Production: 25 000 bottles

Tasting suggestions

  • Optimal tasting period: 2013 – 2022.
  • Today: open the wine one hour before the tasting, or keep it in the cellar.
  • Serving temperature : 17-18°C.

 

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

Hashtags of the vintage

#blackcurrant #blueberry #chocolate #licorice #new #generosity #density

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

Soundtrack

Enjoy a glass of Château Croix Cardinale 2011 while listening to the tune Come by Jain.

Reviews for this vintage

LE FIGARO VINS, BERNARD BURTSCHY

15
Très joli vin suave et charmant, bien construit. 2012

PERSWIJN

***(*)
Vreemde wijn, wat vluchtig, kruiden, stevigheid, krentjes. Mei 2012Vin étrange, court, épices, fermeté, groseilles.

JEAN-MARC QUARIN

14,75
Couleur sombre, d'intensité normale. Nez discret, fruité et légèrement viandé. Bouche fruitée, ronde, à la tanicité enrobée, au corps et à la longueur moyens.

THE WINE ADVOCATE, ROBERT PARKER

90-92
April 2012Recently acquired by the owners of La Fleur Cardinale, Dominique and Florence Decoster, this is a 19-acre estate located in the sector of St.-Emilion known as St.-Etienne de Lisse. Composed of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 came in at 15% natural alcohol. A strong effort, this rich, deep wine offers a deep blue/purple color along with notes of road tar interwoven with spicy new oak, black currants and kirsch. Opulent, rich and moderately tannic with good acidity and impressive purity as well as density, it should be cellared for 3-4 years and drunk over the following 15-20.

92
April 2014From nearly 19 acres recently acquired by the Decoster family, the 2011 Croix Cardinale is a beauty. Dense ruby-purple-colored, this vineyard was cropped at a low 28 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved nearly 15% alcohol. Supple and silky-textured with a sumptuous, full-bodied mouthfeel as well as loads of black currant and black cherry fruit, it is a rich, long, stunning beauty meant to be consumed over the next 10-12 years. Bravo!

THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER, JEFF LEVE

92
2011 is the debut vintage for the Decosters, the owners of Fleur Cardinale and Secret de Cardinale. With the name Croix Cardinale, are you sensing a pattern here? Truffle, chocolate, licorice and jammy black berries are found in the perfume. Rich, polished, sexy and long, the plush finish is filled with chocolate-covered plums. From a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 15% alcohol and will be aged in 100% new oak. April 2012

WINE SPECTATOR, JAMES MOLESWORTH

88
Rather lush, with warm plum sauce and raspberry coulis notes pumping along, lined with broad, velvety tannins. Flirts with a jammy character, but has enough of a charcoal hint to keep it honest. Drink now through 2018. 2,080 cases made. 2014