Révélation de Croix Cardinale 2023

Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

“Because a Revelation is a look that opens up new perspectives”.
Révélation de Croix Cardinale, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, is a fine introduction to the world of its elder brother Château Croix Cardinale, a confidential cru of which it is the second vintage.


Surface area: 1.40 hectares in production
Soil: clay-limestone/ southern slopes of the Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse limestone plateau
Third year of conversion to organic farming

Technical Sheet

2023 potential blend: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Potential degree: 13.5% vol.
Potential pH: 3.5

Château Croix Cardinale (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé): 5,500 potential bottles
Révélation de Croix Cardinale (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru): 3,500 potential bottles

Climatology of the vintage

The winter of 2023 saw a period of cool weeks, with little rain from mid-January onwards. The buds gently burst at the end of March without any real fear of the frost, which was short and early. In spring, the vines exploded into life. Warmth, rain and mild nights gave way to magnificient flowering and wild growth, creating the right conditions for the plant kingdom to express itself (including fungi). The weather conditions at the beginning of the summer allowed good vegetative growth of the berries.

Harvest conditions

The end of the summer was favourable to the ripening of the grapes, with drier, sunnier weather and a significant contrast in daytime and night-time temperatures. The aromas developed and the tannins refined. As the harvest approached, we paid particular attention to the ripening of the grapes.

Harvest dates: 21 September – 29 September 2023
Yield: 15 hL / ha

Vinification and ageing

Full vinification takes place in three 500-litre barrels. Aromas are mainly extracted by pumping over.

Révélation de Croix Cardinale is expected to age for 13 months.
70% one-year oak barrels
30% demi-muids

Tasting comment

Révélation de Croix Cardinale 2023 has a very distinctive nose of wild berries such as rosehip and strawberry, accompanied on swirling by notes of strawberry confit and roasted blackberries. The attack is rich and tight. The tannins are fresh and indicate good longevity. The finish is distinguished by sappy aromas suggestive of gentian.

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