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Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2018

Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2018
$612 a case of 12 Bottles (750ML) | $51 / Unit
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    The refined style of a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe

    The Grand Vin of the estate, the Chateau Fleur Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe reveals the true terroir characteristics of Saint-Emilion, an emblematic appellation of the Right Bank of Bordeaux.

    The Chateau La Fleur Cardinale estate includes a vineyard of 22.5 hectares, on a mosaic of terroirs with 7 different soils and subsoils of clay-limestone. The planting is dominated by Merlot (76%), followed by Cabernet Franc (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (4%).

    The 2018 vintage will be remembered for the new technical team and new viticultural methods put in place at Chateau Fleur Cardinale. The soil was prepared with winter seedlings of grasses and leguminous plants. During the flowering, the vine was sprayed with a kind of seaweed cream that helped with physiological regulation of the plant. The implementation of these natural farming methods allowed the vine to achieve perfect physiological balance and withstand the climatic challenges, which included significantly wet conditions until the month of June.

    The harvest began on September 27, making it the earliest in the history of the property, and continued until October 24. These "haute-couture" grape harvests yielded perfectly ripened fruit with a great aromatic freshness.

    Bright and fresh, the Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2018 displays the signature style of Chateau Fleur Cardinale, with a magnificent structure and beautiful velvety grain tannins. The gorgeous Cabernet Franc stands out clearly in the blend of this vintage. Refined, structured and elegant, the Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2018 is a beautiful testament to the excellence of Saint-Emilion.

    Parker : 91-93 / 100
    J. Suckling : 94-95 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Fleur Cardinale features pronounced baked blueberries, stewed black plums and blackberry preserves scents with touches of bay leaves, moss-covered bark and forest floor. Full-bodied and laden with black fruit preserves sparked by earth and dried herbs, it has a solid backbone of ripe, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. Barrel aging is expected to be for 12-14 months in 100% new oak barrels. The tentative blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
    BordeauxSaint-Emilion
    Alcohol
    14.5

    Grape varieties
    Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    15

    J. Suckling
    94-95

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    91-94

    Wine Spectator
    93-96

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Libournais

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau Fleur Cardinale

    Classification
    Grand cru classe

    Parker
    91-93

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

    On Special
    No

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