Chateau Fleur Cardinale 2018

 A case of 12 Bottles (750ML)
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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
Wine Spectator : 93-96 / 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
Vineyard
Libournais

Grape varieties
Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert wine
No

J. Robinson
15

J. Suckling
94-95

Vinous - A. Galloni
91-94

Wine Spectator
93-96

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Region
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Emilion

Color
Red

Producer
Chateau Fleur Cardinale

Classification
Grand cru classe

Parker
91-93

Allergens
Contains sulfites