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Chateau la Cardonne (375ml), 2009, Cru Bourgeois

Red, Old World, Cab/Merlot based blend from Bordeaux, France

Berries (blueberry, blackcurrant) with delicate woody notes, the palate is a perfect balance between freshness and silky tannins. Ideal with roasts and grilled meats and hard cheeses.

Why we recommend this wine
2009 was a great vintage in Bordeaux and this wine is drinking perfectly now. This is an award-winning wine produced with a nurture nature approach.

The wine
Almost all Bordeaux Left Bank wines are blends of Cabernet and Merlot, the dominant varietal often changing with the vintage. This wine is a blend of 50 % Merlot, 45 % Cabernet-Sauvignon and 5 % Cabernet Franc. Decanter - UK - February 2012 wrote “Purposeful aromas of plum, berry and oak. Pure with a lovely depth, freshness and drive. Quite lean, linear and attractive fruit. Hugely impressive - fresh, direct and comfortable in its skin.”
Château La Cardonne has a long history of making good wines. The 2000 was voted by Decanter Magazine as the Best Cru Bourgeois of that vintage, and the 2005 vintage scored 90 points in the International Wine Challenge. More recently, this 2009 vintage scored an amazing 92 points in Wine Spectator, higher than many of the Médoc Grand Cru Classé wines, and the 2010 vintage was scored at 90 points by Robert Parker and by Robin Brooks (Decanter Magazine).

The wine estate
Wine-growing at Château LA CARDONNE began in the 17th century, when its gravel and clay-limestone soils in the northern Médoc commune of Blaignan, five miles beyond the St-Estephe appellation, was first planted with vines. Now the vines average 30 years of age. The Chateau has long embraced a policy of sustainable agriculture, not only to preserve our natural environment, but more importantly to allow mother nature’s influence to be fully expressed in every vintage we produce.
After vinification specially adjusted to suit each varietal, the wines are blended and aged for 12-14 months in french oak barrels, after which they are bottle-aged in the chateau's spectacular underground cellar. Their philosophy is somewhat different to many in Bordeaux. In 1990 they built the largest underground cellar in the region, locally known as "The Cathedral", where they have the ability to stock over 10 separate vintages, releasing the wines as they become ready to drink.
After belonging to the Lafite-Rothschild family for nearly forty years, the CGR Domains, of which Château La Cardonne is one of 6 domains, were bought by the Charloux family in the 1990s. In 2016 they were acquired by the Huang family.
www.chateaulacardonne.com

Food and wine
Rich dark fruits and soft tannins make this wine ideal for roasted and grilled meats and mature, hard cheeses such as cheddar, gruyere and comte.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
In Bordeaux (as in most places) the type of soil dictates which vines are grown. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are grown on gravel based soil and Merlot on limestone-clay based soil. In many vineyards you can see the different vines by the different shaped leaves.

  • Cutlivar

    Merlot based

  • Light / Heavy

    Medium bodied

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Closure

    Cork

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