Chateau Fleur Cardinale Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2019
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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: Hand picked 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). Ageing for 13 to 15 months in new French oak barrels. This year's blend is 71% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
TASTING NOTES: A consistently impressive Saint-Emilion, the 2019 Château Fleur Cardinale shows the vintage beautifully, with a medium to full-bodied, elegant style as well as classic darker cherry and mulberry fruits, notes of dried herbs, loamy earth, and incense, supple yet present tannins, and a great finish. It's one classy, balanced 2019 to drink over the coming two decades.