Chateau Fleur Cardinale – Château Croix Cardinal (2nd Wine)


Saint Emilion Grand Cru AOC

In 2001 Florence and Dominique Decoster bought Château Fleur Cardinale. After 27 years as owners of the company Haviland, a fine porcelain business in Limoges, Florence and Dominique settled once and for all at the Château Fleur Cardinale as soon as its purchase had been completed. Thanks to continual investments done in the vineyard and in the vat-room, Château Fleur Cardinale became quickly one of the figureheads of the appellation. Noticed for itsconstant quality, the growth wasrewarded by its classification as Grand Cru of Saint-Emilion in 2006, and maintained in 2012. In 2011, Florence and Dominique Decoster took over the neighbouring property; Château Croix Cardinale.

Grape Variety:

70% Merlot – 15% Cabernet-Sauvignon – 15% Cabernet-Franc


Château Croix Cardinale is produced from vines that are an average of 40 years old.  They border onto the vines at Château Fleur Cardinale and are planted on a single holding vineyard. The techniques that we use for the Château Croix Cardinale are similar to those used for the Château Fleur Cardinale:  careful management on the vine, manual harvesting of the grapes into small crates at the point of optimal grape maturity, grape-sorting by density.


This Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is made into wine and then matured in cellars that have been fully renovated using environmentally friendly principles. After a cold maceration before fermentation, fermentation’s done  in stainless steel vats (50 à 70 hl) for 30 to 35 days. Aging on lees, 100% in new French oak barrels.

Tasting Note:

Château Croix Cardinale is a wine for laying down that is opulent, rich and moderately tannic with a voluptuous black fruit aroma.

Food Pairing:

This wine will be delightful with a braised or smoked beef along with mashed potatoes and gravy sauce.


Vintage 2015 : 93 Points James Suckling


33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, France
Additional information

Saint Emilion Grand Cru




Wine type

Red wine


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