For the impatient, you can start discovering it four years after the harvest, but it should be decanted for several hours beforehand. For those who are more patient, Château Fleur Cardinale is a wine that ages extremely well. It remains fresh and lively after the first decade and will stay in excellent form for the next ten years, acquiring additional maturity. It will then reach a ripe old age, silently resting, waiting in your cellar.
Colour: Deep red with with violet reflections
Nose: Blackcurrant, clove, walnut-husk, tobacco and pine-cone aromas. Dried flowers and mocha, too.
Palate: It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, tight-grained tannins. Polished layers of dark fruit and wood notes with a long, chewy finish. Focused. Very fine. (JS)
Grape Varieties: 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 12 to 14 months in new French oak
Awards: 94pts – James Suckling; 94pts – Jeb Dunnuck; 94pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 94pts – Vinous; 94pts – Decanter; 93pts – Wine Spectator; 93pts – Wine Enthusiast
History of Château Fleur Cardinale
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.
In May 2001, Dominique Decoster 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.
Château Fleur Cardinale is located on the northern rim of a clay-limestone plateau. There are precisely 7 different types of soil and subsoil. The majority of these soils are exactly the same in terms of soil classification as those found in the very heart of Saint-Émilion village. The average age of the vines at Château Fleur Cardinale is 40 years and the grape varieties consist of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.