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Château Croix Cardinale 2014

#LittleBomb #Blueberry

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

Identity

Blend:

  • 80% Merlot
  • 20% Cabernet Franc

Alcoholic degree: 14°

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

Weather conditions

The beginning of the year was rainy and wet.

The weather conditions became perfect again at the end of August. Then an Indian summer stretched until the end of October and allowed us to optimize the maturity of the three grape varieties.

The year was particularly successful for the Cabernets Francs.

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

Harvest

  • 24 & 25 October 2014
  • Yields: 13.3 hl / ha
  • Production: 7 800 bottles

Tasting suggestions

  • Optimal tasting period: 2018 – 2028.
  • Today: place the wine three hours in a carafe 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

#blueberry #blackberry #dense #SmoothTanins #deep #LittleBomb #graphite #tobacco

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

Soundtrack

Enjoy a glass of Château Croix Cardinale 2014 while listening to the tune Adventure Of A Lifetime by Coldplay.

Reviews for this vintage

LE FIGARO VINS, BERNARD BURTSCHY

16
Nouvelle acquisition de la famille Decoster, celle de la Fleur Cardinale dont il est voisin, joli vin bien constitué, les tannins sont lisses, la bouche fraîche, l'ensemble équilibré. Une affaire.

PERSWIJN

15,5 // ***(*)
Makelijk, zacht en rond, mooi hout, verleidelijk, goed rijp rood en zwart fruit. Mei 2015

JANCIS ROBINSON, JULIA HARDING

15
Bright dark fruit and a nice dustiness, both following through on the palate. Soft and sweet fruited on the palate. Not very long or intense but easy and well fruited for simple pleasure. March 2015

JAMES SUCKLING

91-92
A broad-shouldered red with dark fruit, cedar and tobacco. Full and round. Excellent structure and texture. March 2015

THE WINE ADVOCATE, NEAL MARTIN

90-92
It is crisp and fresh on the nose with lively black and blueberry fruit. The 100% new oak here feels nicely integrated even if I feel that it would have benefitted from less. The palate is medium-bodied with gently gripping tannin, good depth and acidity with a structured, quite dense finish. There is good breeding behind this Saint Emilion. Tasted twice with consistent notes. April 2015

THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER, JEFF LEVE

89-91
Chocolate-covered cherries with a hint of truffle in the nose, this wine is silky, smooth and inviting with sweet berries and coffee bean in the finish. April 2015

VINOUS, ANTONIO GALLONI

90-92
A big wine, the 2014 Croix Cardinale offers up huge dark fruit in an explosive, powerful style that is all about immediate gratification. Smoke, incense, mocha, plums and new oak meld into the enveloping finish. The 2014 is a bit bombastic and not at all subtle, but at the same time, all the elements are in the right place. The blend is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasted three times.April 2015

WINE SPECTATOR, JAMES MOLESWORTH

88-91
Rounded and flattering in feel, with crushed plum and blackberry reduction notes, carried by a buried graphite edge. Shows ample toast, too, but this is decidedly fruit-driven. 2015