Sitting proudly on the Medoc's highest plateau, the former Lafite-Rothschild vineyard, Chateau La Cardonne has consistently produced the finest Medoc Cru Bourgeois wines for over three centuries.
6 October for the Merlot
10 October for the Cabernet-Franc
12 October for the Cabernet Sauvignon
Hand selection on the vines before picking.
Deep crimson. Relatively subtle nose. Nicely polished fruit with some energy and real zest in this cru bourgeois supérieur. Fine, classic and silky.
Soil: Stony gravel and limestone-clay
Altitude: 30 meters
Density of plantation: 7,500 vines per hectare
Pruning: Guyot double
Vineyard practices: Elimination of excess buds; leaf stripping as needed Certification "Agriculture Raisonee 2006"
15-25 days, depending on the year, the variety, and the age of the vines.
Aged in oak barrels (50% new, 50% one year old) for 12 months.
In the commune of Blaignan, Ordonnac and Prignac in the Medoc region, 5 miles north-west of St-Estephe.
itting proudly on the Medoc's highest plateau, Chateau LA CARDONNE has consistently produced the finest Medoc Cru Bourgeois wines for over three centuries.
Chateau LA CARDONNE is vinified in an elegant fruit-forward style, with ripe blackcurrant and plum fruit, balanced by a rich, medium to full-bodied palate, with cedary, pencil-shaving character and smooth silky tannins.
With Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) and Cabernet Franc (5%), growing on gravel based soil and Merlot (50%), growing on limestone-clay based soil, our unique terroir delivers rich and complex wines with minimal intervention, winning awards and recognition around the world.
Chateau La Cardonne 2000 was voted by Decanter Magazine as the Best Cru Bourgeois of that vintage, and our 2005 vintage scored 90 points in the International Wine Challenge. More recently, our 2009 vintage scored an amazing 92 points in Wine Spectator, higher than many of the Medoc Grand Cru Classe wines, and our 2010 vintage was scored at 90 points by Robert Parker and by Robin Brooks (Decanter Magazine).
Our philosophy is somewhat different to many in Bordeaux. In 1990 we built the largest underground cellar in the region, locally known as "The Cathedral", where we have the ability to stock over 10 separate vintages, releasing the wines as they become ready to drink.
Today vintages from 2005 to 2010 are currently being enjoyed in over 40 countries around the world.
Oceanic, mild and humid Winter and Spring, warm and dry in Summer and Autumn.