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Vintage 2020

In Bordeaux, the heat led to early flowering. Additionally, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and we can expect a more opulent vintage than in recent years.

This year's summer was the hottest since 1959, but the rain fell at just the right time during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will produce grapes with high alcohol potential and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: “It was a good and extreme growing season which , hopefully, also produces great wines.”


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Dark purple colour with violet hue and black core. Complex wine with an aroma reminiscent of graphite, pencil shavings and fine toasting. Backed by juicy and ripe blackberries, cherries and plums, with oriental spices in the background. On the palate great freshness with juicy character, ripe fruit reminiscent of plums, blackberries and blackcurrants, ripe and well-structured tannins, elegant toasting, dark chocolate and mild spices. Power and elegance complement each other, a wine with excellent length.

  • 94p

Fleur Cardinale - 77% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. 14.5% alcohol. This property is situated on the hills of Saint-Etienne-de Lisse commune and close neighbour to Valandraud. The 2020 vintage was made in a fully operational new cellar, and for the first time, two 750 hl amphoras were used for ageing Cabernet and Merlot grapes from old vines. Dense and fragrant black cherries on the nose, intense and creamy on the mid-palate with velvety tannin and acidity, keeping everything in perfect order. Subtle complexity and finesse. As thrilling as 2019 but a little more precise. Tremendous effort. 94-95p.

  • 95p

2020 Château Fleur Cardinale
APR 21 77M 18CF 5CS Ruby. Scented, floral, blackberries and blueberries, fruit driven and pure nose, detailed. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, dark fruits, anise, juicy, detailed and quite bright, lovely harmony to it, long. 14,5% alcohol and PH of 3,57. Fleur Cardinale is confirming a new level with this vintage. 93-95

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