Region : AOC Saint-Emilion is located in Libourne, on the right bank of the Dordogne, and gives its name to two appelations: Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. The vineyard is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
This AOC covers 5600 hectares and produces an average of 235,000 hl/year of red wines.
AOP : Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé
Grape Variety : 75 % Merlot/20 % Cabernet Franc/5 % Cabernet Sauvignon
Domain : Château Fleur Cardinale (24 ha)
Type of Soil : Clay and limestone
Density of Planting : n/a
Age of Vines : 35 years
Yield : n/a
Features : 15 % alcohol. Contains sulfites.
Cultural method : Noticed for its constant quality, the growth was rewarded by its classification as Grand Cru of Saint-Emilion in 2006, and maintained in 2012.
Winemaking : Manual harvesting. Classical vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Cold maceration before fermentation. Long vatting (30-35 days).
Ageing on lees, 100% in new French oak barrels.
The Colour : A dense purple-colored wine.
The Smell : A stunning bouquet of blackberry jam, graphite, charcoal and bluberries.
The Taste : “Superb density and purity as well as a multidimensional mouthfeel, this intense st-Emilion is a sleeper of the vintage.” – Rober PARKER, April 2012
Serving Suggestions :
Serve at 17-18 °C with confit of suckling lamb, grilled rib steak and candied shallots or with traditional coq au vin, along with pan-fried potatoes and boletus mushrooms. This wine will be perfect with Pata Negra ham, panfried foie gras or with desserts such as melted dark chocolate cake and raspberry tart.
Aging Capacity :
More than 15 years.