The second wine of Château Fleur Cardinale: because an Intuition is the beginning of a bigger project- Something greater. This name conveys beautifully the relationship between this Second Wine and our “Great Wine”, Château Fleur Cardinale.
Intuition de Fleur Cardinale is produced with the same approach as for the First Wine, i.e. identical vine-growing methods, harvesting, vinification and ageing. It is in fact only at the end of one year of ageing that the winery will decide, according to the profile of the vintage, which batches will be better blended in the First Wine and which are more suitable for the Second Wine.
Colour: Vibrant ruby-purple
Nose: Aromas of blackberries, dark plums, bark and baking spices.
Palate: Medium-bodied with velvety tannins and fresh acidity. A juicy red with a silky texture and an elegant, flavorful finish. Drink after 2023 (JS)
Grape Varieties: 78% Merlot; 22% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 12 to 14 months – new French oak, 50% new barrels and 50% one-year barrels
Awards: 92pts – Wine Enthusiast; 91pts – James Suckling; 91pts – Jane Anson-Decanter; 90pts – Wine Cellar Insider
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.