In 2024, Château Fleur Cardinale and Château Croix Cardinale were brought together under the name La Maison Cardinale

Surf Session Edition - Château Fleur Cardinale
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Surf Session Edition

"Roll Out The 2019 Barrel"

For this 2019 vintage, the Château Fleur Cardinale’s family knight heads off to take on the Hawaiian waves in our “Surf Session” Collector Edition.


Surfing offers a number of parallels with wine-growing. They share similar values. Both vignerons and surfers have a humble respect for nature; both are able to adapt and to stay patient. They both seize the moment, and also share the same sensitive concern about preserving the eco-systems.

Another thing that connects them is the word “barrel”. For surfers it describes the roller formed by the wave which carries them along on its crest for several unique thrilling moments; while for vignerons it is the object in which the new vintage is kept to age over several months.

This Surf Session Collector Edition has been released for the 2019, a vintage which can be described as the ideal wave –one that will only ever come along once.


For this new edition, the knight is ready to ride the wave. Surfboards have replaced the fighting sword, sharks and exotic fruits have taken their place on this new label.

The knight, haloed by a crown of flowers, wears Polynesian tattoos that carry meaning: the tiki, which protects against danger, the gecko, which favors luck and fortune, and the turtle, symbol of eternity, union, and harmony.


All the technical elements specific to the 2019 vintage are available on the page dedicated to Château Fleur Cardinale 2019.

  • Blending : 71% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2019 is unique, the result of a year of extreme weather conditions, beginning with frost at the beginning of May, followed by a hot and very dry summer, and then completed by optimal conditions during the harvesting of the grapes. The vigneron in this vintage could be compared to the surfer seeking to tame the natural power of the wave, standing on his board in a supple posture with perfect control of his balance.

A bright, medium-deep to deep garnet colour. The nose reveals aromas of morello cherries, ripe red berry fruits, and subtle nuances of violets. The freshness of the attack gives way to a mouth-watering palate with a sensation of ripe black fruits bursting through to fill the whole mouth. The structure is underpinned by wonderfully silky tannins, giving the whole great finesse and elegance. The palate develops towards a long finish with lingering creamy fruit notes.


Only 2000 magnums carry this one-off label. They have been numbered by hand and presented in a specially screen-printed single wooden case.

The graphic design is the work of Lisa Wieland from Bordeaux : freelance graphic designer, art director and a regular lecturer at several design, marketing and communication schools. Coming from a family of creative advertisers in London, she grew up in the middle of the Andalusian mountains, before coming to the South-West of France some thirty years ago. For the past 15 years, she has been developing communication, design, visual identity and publishing projects.

“When you create a special edition of a wine label as we did last year with the “Hard Rock” collector’s edition, you’re already quite far away from the traditional wine codes people are used to – it’s a real breath of fresh air! This second Fleur Cardinale “special” edition is even more special when you realise that a new collection is in the making, and the potential for developing it becomes greater the more we invest in it. With Fleur Cardinale, that potential is like a bottomless pit, and that’s one of the reasons I get so much inspiration and motivation from our working together. Together we develop strong, aesthetic, original visuals whilst breaking the habits of a world where tradition and standards still carry a lot of weight. We create a bridge between what is and what can be. This brings me great pleasure.”

The work is meticulous and well thought-out – we give tremendous attention to detail, whilst remaining relaxed and playful overall. The passion we both have for doing the absolute best job we can on everything is probably part of what makes this partnership such a success.


In order to complete the success of this project, Château Fleur Cardinale is collaborating with the surfing entrepreneur Damien Marly of Chipiron Surfboards (Hossegor).

Damien Marly has specially shaped for the occasion, a surfboard with the colors of the Surf Session Edition.

This surfboard, together with a collector’s case, has been sold at an auction on Idealwine, and the proceeds of the sale has be donated to the Surfrider Foundation.

These encounters, experiences and sharing of values help showcase the commitment of the protection of the environment.


This surfboard specially created for the occasion, was surfed by Vincent Duvignac: the one who is three times French Open Champion (2009, 2011, 2016), twice ESF European Champion (2009, 2013), and World Champion with the French Surf Team (2017). He launched himself into the assault of the Landes coastline, the time of a surfing session.


Until you receive or buy your magnums, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Surf Session Edition by listening a playlist, carefully selected by Caroline !


Château Fleur Cardinale 2019 Surf Session Edition has been sold through our Bordeaux wine merchants, who in turn have offered it to their customers (professionals or individuals) in France and abroad. Depending on your place of residence, we advise you to contact our retailers, whose non-exhaustive list can be consulted here.

You can already find it on sale on some online wine websites :