This first edition, which was launched with the Château Fleur Cardinale 2018 vintage, powers us into the high-energy world of hard-rock.
For this vintage, the knight is clothed in the graphic codes specific to this universe, skillfully integrated into the original coat of arms. The flames that halo the crest symbolize the energy that emerges when tasting this 2018 vintage. The crest is pierced by the original swords, and is surrounded by skulls: drum sticks are nonchalantly placed in a corner. The knight seems to be fully savoring the moment, wearing a bandana, studded wristbands, and making the horns sign with his hands.
Colour: A deep, dense colour displaying ruby glints.
Nose: The nose is today incredibly expressive with ripe black fruits coming to the fore (black cherries and fresh plums) together with sweet spices.
Palate: The entry on the palate is clean and bright with a real explosion of fruit flavours giving the sensation of a very exuberant vintage. The up-front juiciness on the palate in no way conceals the underlying sensation of freshness. The lingering flavours give to the wine as a whole an impression of great drinkability. The bottle just needs to be uncorked a few hours beforehand to enable full enjoyment of the hedonistic character of this vintage.
Grape Varieties: 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Awards: 95pts – James Suckling; 94pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 94pts – Decanter; 94pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 94pts – Wine Cellar Insider; 93pts – Wine Enthusiast; 94pts – Vinous-Antonio Galloni
History of Château Fleur Cardinale
A Grand Cru Classé, Château Fleur Cardinale produces wines that reflect the Decoster family’s philosophy: creating wines that reflect their passion for the Saint-Émilion terroir all while treating the land with the utmost respect.
The history of Château Fleur Cardinale’s rise to glory has been shaped by human passion and the undeniable quality of the terroir. The estate owes its current name, Château Fleur Cardinale, to Jean-Louis Obissier, son of the mayor of Villerouge-Termenes who purchased Clos Bel-Air in 1975. It is said that the Obissier family owned race horses at the time, by the names of Fleur and Cardinale. After the death of his race horses, Mr. Obissier changed the name of the estate to Château Fleur Cardinale.
Château Fleur Cardinale watches over a 23.1-hectare vineyard in the Saint-Émilion appellation, which comprises an array of terroirs with 6 different soils and sub-soils of clay-limestone origin.
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. 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. These strategic decisions earned Château Fleur Cardinale the rank of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006.
Having attained the status of Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006 and again in 2012, Château Fleur Cardinale has quickly become a blue chip of the Saint-Emilion appellation noted for its consistent quality and very good scores for every vintage.