Château Fleur Cardinale 2016
• Domaine: Château Fleur Cardinale
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
Château Fleur Cardinale is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé that has been on the rise since the mid 2000s. The property was purchased in May 2001 by Dominique and Florence Decoster to fulfil their dream of becoming vignerons. The former business owners who made a name for themselves in the porcelain industry were strangers to the Bordeaux wine scene, but that wasn’t going to deter them from making the best wine possible. For the Decoster family, owning a property like Château Fleur Cardinale is a serious commitment that they devote themselves to in its entirety. The results speak for themselves, and the wine of this estate is dynamic, expressive and richly concentrated.
Château Fleur Cardinale has a history spanning a couple centuries. The first records of the property date back to 1819, when there were vineyard plots and buildings in a place called Thibeaud, where the current winery exists. Clearly, the enormous potential of the terroir at Château Fleur Cardinale impressed multiple vignerons. The estate began to produce wine in the 1920s and 1930s under the name of Clos Bel-Air and was owned by the Obessier family. The property’s current name stems from the names of the two beloved racehorses, “Fleur,” and “Cardinale,” that were purchased by the Obessier family in 1975. After the horses died, they gave the estate their names to honor their memory. Once the Decoster family got involved with Château Fleur Cardinale, serious changes were made. They made the intelligent decision to hire their neighbor and legendary vigneron Jean Luc Thunevin of Château Valandraud to be their consultant. Just five years after they purchased the estate, it received the high honor of being classified as a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé in 2006.
Château Fleur Cardinale has the gift of some special terroir. The property rests on a clay and limestone plateau, bordering Château Valandraud, a Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Crus Classé B estate. Château Fleur Cardinale grows Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to the more traditional Right Bank varietals, like Cabernet Franc and Merlot. In the vineyard, Château Fleur Cardinale uses no chemical weedkillers or insecticides. They use cover crops to reduce erosion and use natural fertilizers. Château Fleur Cardinale values sustainability and as of 2021 has made a commitment to convert to organic viticulture. The vines are all harvested and sorted by hand prior to being vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. They are aged mostly in New French Oak barrels, and as of 2020 some percentages of Merlot and Cabernet Franc are aged in amphorae to preserve a mineral driven freshness.
Château Fleur Cardinale is also a property that takes care of its team and the environment as well. The property has a High Environmental Value Certification because of their commitment to prioritizing biodiversity. But the commitment to ethics is not just in the vineyard. Château Fleur Cardinale values its team by prioritizing good working conditions for its employees, which is always a bonus. Without a doubt, this producer is a rising star in Saint-Émilion.
"The 2016 Fleur Cardinale is medium to deep garnet-purple colored and bursts from the glass with crushed blackberries, mulberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of spice cake, dried herbs and fragrant soil. The palate is medium to full-bodied and wonderfully elegant with soft, rounded tannins and a great backbone of freshness, finishing perfumed." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/29/2019, Interim Issue), Rating: 93, Drink from: 2020-2042
"A blend of 74% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Château Fleur Cardinale spent 14 months in new French oak. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with a stunning nose of smoked black fruits, classy oak, violets, and camphor, this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, beautiful purity, ripe, present, polished tannins, and a great finish. It's a beautiful wine from this tip-top estate that has the class to keep for two decades or more." Jeb Dunnuck, Bordeaux 2016: Firing On All Cyllinders, Rating: 95
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