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Château Fleur Cardinale

Chteau Fleur Cardinale

Ref: A049209

Grand Cru St. Emilion

The Decosters, having sold their Havilland porcelain business, bought Fleur Cardinale in 2001 and have transformed this estate in to an exceptional over-performer. Assisted by Jean-Luc Thunevin (Valandraud) and Jean-Philippe Fort (Michel Rolland's right-hand man), they laid down the gauntlet with a brilliant 2005 and their 2009 is on the same lines. The wine is very crystalline with a powerful concentrated black cherry and cassis fruit which easily mask the silky tannins. It has a magnificent richness and refreshing acidity which helps the finish even more. Very much a modern style St. Emilion but is very definitely not over-extracted. Will take a bit longer than the 2005 to come out of its shell. [Drink: 2015-2027]

It is amazing to think that in the early 1980's wine from Château Fleur Cardinale was sold in bulk to negociants who blended it with other mediocre wines to form a generic St. Emilion. Today it is one of the most respected Grand Crus in St. Emilion.

Florence and Dominique Decoster purchased this beautiful 17 hectare domain located in Saint-Etienne de Lisse in May 2001. Dominique Decoster, former owner of the porcelain firm Haviland in Limoges, put an end to his industrial work in order to do a job that is also tightly linked to the soil and luxury : wine. With his wife, he has dramatically improved the quality and the standing of his property. On the advice of wine maker Jean-Luc Thunevin, they have scheduled this year, to have the winery, and the cave rebuilt in an ecological way. The fermenting room will be equipped with small tanks to realize the vinification plot by plot and, moreover, the ageing of the wine will take place in 100% new barrels. In order to select the best of the grapes during the harvest, they also bought a new sorting table, crusher and destemmer.

In the vines, the team works to keep eight bunches per plant maximum. Deleafing is also carried out and the vines are maintained in a traditional way. The grape varieties are Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Cabernet Franc (10%).

 Contains Sulphites

Region France - Bordeaux - St. Emilion

Grape Cabernet-Sauvignon/Merlot

Producer Chteau Fleur Cardinale

Vintage 2009

Eco Warrior  0

Colour Red

Dryness Medium Dry

Body Medium Full Bodied

Food Pork/Beef/Venison

Drink Best laid down

Price: 51.38


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