50 % Merlot, 45 % Cabernet-Sauvignon, 5 % Cabernet Franc.
|Location:||in the commune of Blaignan, Ordonnac and Prignac in the Medoc region, 5 miles north-west of St-Estephe.|
|Climate:||Oceanic. Mild and humid Winter and Spring, warm and dry in Summer and Autumn.|
|Soil:||Stony gravel and limestone-clay.|
|Average vine age:||30 years|
|Density of plantation:||7 500 vines per hectare.|
|Vineyard practices:||Elimination of excess buds; leaf stripping as needed
Certification "Agriculture Raisonnée 2006”
|Size of vineyard:||44 hectares|
|Yield:||Average 45 hectoliters per hectare.|
|Typical harvest starting dates:||Early October for the Merlot;
mid October for the Cabernet-Franc
and mid October for the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Hand selection on the vines before picking
|Maceration period:||15-25 days, depending on the year, the variety, and the age of the vines.|
|Maturation:||Aged in oak barrels (50% new, 50% one year old) for 12 months|
|Assemblage:||February after harvest|
|Bottling date:||November of the following year|
At Chateau La Cardonne we have 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.