Château Vieux Cardinal Lafaurie

Lalande-de-Pomerol - 2010

This Château is an invitation to travel through time. In the 12th century, the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem established a hospice here to care for crusaders and pilgrims. Cabernet Franc vines were planted on the estate to provide wine for mass. Time is still a willing accomplice today, allowing the wine to fully develop elegance and body.

The Vineyard

Location : Néac / Lalande de Pomerol
Terroirs : Clay (15%), silt (25%), Sand (60%) and gravely sub-soil with iron-rich concretions.
Surface area : 6 hectares
Planting density : 5000 - 6000 Vine / ha
Yield : 42,5 hl / ha
Grape varieties : Cabernet-Franc, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot
Average age of the vine : 1 plot over 50 years old and two plots of fallow land to be planted in 2013. 30 years

The wine

Blend : 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vinification : Traditional vats stainless steel thermo regulated, with 2 to 3 weeks maceration
Ageing : Ageing in French oakbarrels for 12 months (50% new barrels)
Ageing potential : Ready to drink now, this wine will reach its full potential around 2019-2020
Tasting : A superb, intense ruby colour. A rich and subtle nose where the touches of soft fruit intermingle with aromas of toast and burnt wood. The initial supple and soft taste with full-bodied, fine tannins blossoms into maturity and harmony. A full-bodied finish, enhanced by the toasted flavour from the barrel.
Food pairing : Enjoy with red and white meat, wildfowl and also with cheese.


  • Gold, Berliner Wein Trophy, 2014
  • Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2014
  • 88pts, Wine spectator , 2013

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