2018 Croix Cardinale Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 93 JL 92 WS 92 JS 91 WA 90 WE 90
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

Coming from a tiny parcel next to Fleur Cardinale and 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château Croix Cardinale has a beautiful, complex nose of red and black fruits, white truffle, flowers, and sandalwood. With...
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2019

(90-92) Medium/full bodied, silky, polished, forward and juicy, this wine is a show off with its ripe fruits, licorice, smoke and chocolate. Enjoy this early drinking charmer while waiting for its big brother to develop...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2021

This glides in seductively, with crushed plum, warmed raspberry compote and black currant paste flavors that have subtle energy, while hints of black tar, singed alder and savory underscore the finish. For more near-term...
JS 91

jamessuckling.com, February 2021

Currants, wild raspberries, hazelnuts, dried herbs and flowers on the nose. Some meaty aromas, too. It’s medium-bodied with sleek tannins. Fresh and silky. A little light on the finish, but very attractive. 75% merlot and...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

Composed of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, possessing 14.5% alcohol, the 2018 Croix Cardinale is deep garnet-purple colored, bursting from the glass with notions of juicy black and red plums, lifted cherries and baked...
WE 90

Wine Enthusiast, April 2021

This smoothly rich wine comes from an estate under the same ownership as cru classé Fleur Cardinale. It is spicy, dense with blackberry fruits and swathes of ripeness. This opulent wine will age relatively quickly. Drink...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Screw Cap

The 2018 Croix Cardinale Bordeaux Blend from Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, is a wine that embodies elegance and finesse. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine is visually striking, setting the stage for the sensory journey to come.

On the nose, the wine reveals a captivating bouquet of currants, wild raspberries, and hazelnuts, accompanied by delicate notes of dried herbs and flowers. There is also a hint of meatiness, adding complexity and depth. The aromas are enticing and invite you to explore further.

As you take your first sip, you will experience a medium-bodied wine with sleek tannins that glide effortlessly across the palate. The texture is fresh and silky, leaving a lasting impression. While the finish may be slightly light, the overall attractiveness of the wine is undeniable.

Crafted from a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this wine showcases the harmonious combination of these varietals. The Merlot brings forth richness and opulence, while the Cabernet Franc adds structure and finesse. Together, they create a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds.

Notable wine experts have praised the 2018 Croix Cardinale. James Suckling awarded it a score of 91, describing it as very attractive with its fresh and silky character. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate bestowed a score of 90, highlighting the well-knit frame of soft tannins and fragrant earth notes.

Jeff Leve also commended this wine, giving it a score of 92. He described it as medium to full-bodied, silky, polished, and forward. It is a show-off with its ripe fruits, licorice, smoke, and chocolate notes. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it a score of 93, noting its Pomerol-like elegance, beautiful minerality, and ripe, sweet tannins.

The Wine Spectator gave it a score of 92, praising its seductive flavors of crushed plum, warmed raspberry compote, and black currant paste. Wine Enthusiast also appreciated its richness and opulence, awarding it a score of 90 and predicting that it will age relatively quickly.

Overall, the 2018 Croix Cardinale is a wine of exceptional quality that showcases the best of Bordeaux. It is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment.