Wine Details - Château LA CARDONNE

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.
Altitude: 30 meters
Average vine age: 30 years
Density of plantation: 7 500 vines per hectare.
Pruning: Guyot double
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.