Château La CardonneCru BourgeoisAppellation Médoc
Surface : 44 Ha
Production : 200 000 bouteilles
Géologie : Graves tertiaires sur le haut du plateau, quelques veines sur marnes bleues dans la pente, argilo-calcaires avec dalle plus ou moins affleurante en bas.
Encépagement :50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Elevage : 12 mois en barrique (50% de barriques neuves, 50% de barriques d’un an), puis minimum 5 ans de vieillissement.
Sitting proudly on the Medoc’s highest plateau, Château LA CARDONNE has consistently produced the finest Médoc Cru Bourgeois wines for over three centuries. Château 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.
Château La Cardonne 2000 was voted by Decanter Magazineas the Best Cru Bourgeoisof 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 Médoc Grand Cru Classé 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.
Website : http://www.chateaulacardonne.com/