Chateau Fleur Cardinale Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2018
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PRODUCER: In May 2001, Dominique and his wife Florence decided to buy Château Fleur Cardinale from the Asséo family who had owned the estate since 1982. The family was drawn to the quality of life here and the welcome they received from those in the wine trade. To succeed in this new project, they felt it would be best to live on the estate, so they decided to take up permanent residence at Château Fleur Cardinale along with their three children: Ludovic, Matthew and Lucie. In addition to its activities, the property now also became a family home.
As soon as they arrived in 2001, Florence and Dominique decided to keep the team that had been working there for several years and surround themselves with knowledgeable advisers: an agricultural engineer, an oenologist and their neighbour Jean-Luc Thunevin, the owner of Château Valandraud, who is now the estate’s general consultant.
Aware of the potential improvements that could be made to the estate, they together defined priority investments in the vineyard, including uprooting the plots that did not meet their standards and reducing yields. They acquired new equipment and soon decided to build a new winery, inaugurated in 2002, allowing them to carry out plot-by-plot fermentation and ensure the traceability of each batch.
These strategic decisions earned Château Fleur Cardinale the rank of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006.
WINEMAKING: 100% by hand in small crates. First sorting in the vineyard, de-stemming of the bunches, sorting by densimetry and then a final manual sorting is done.
Tronco-conical stainless steel vats, with temperature-control from top to bottom
Micro-vinification in twenty 500-litre barrels (around 10% of the production). 12 to 14 months - new French oak barrels
Ageing old Merlot and Cabernet Franc in two 750 litre Tava amphoras (around 3% of the production)
TASTING NOTES: Rich autumnal fruits, architectural with plenty of tannic muscle, with clear ageing potential. Delivering juicy damson and blackcurrant fruits, all expertly judged and with velvet textured tannins that keep pace through the mid palate. You feel that you are in safe hands here, just give it another four or five years to open up. Drinking between 2022-2040
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