The 2012 La Cardonne is a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and was aged for 14 months in French oak. This is a lovely, medium-bodied claret that's just hitting its peak, and 2012 has always been a softer, balanced vintage with just enough ripeness and a full texture. Hard to choose between this and the 2010 for now, though many will prefer this wine. Best decanted, for sure, but not essential. 13% vol. £16.50 a bottle.
Also available in handy half bottles (12 to a case).
Andrew McInnes's strategy is a most unusual one for Bordeaux - to cellar his wines until they're ready to be enjoyed (Château Latour are now doing the same). And what a cellar: a vast cathedral-like space comprising hundreds of thousands of bottles at a perfect temperature underground. And that's after the time spent in barrel in equally sound conditions: there are four châteaux under one roof, the others being Châteaux Ramafort, Grivière and Cardus - the latter really being the second wine of La Cardonne. The immaculate vineyards outside are at the highest point of the Médoc.
February opening offer
During February, these volume discounts will be applied automatically for unmixed cases of 6.
Do have a quick glance at the small selection of photos below.
- pics at the Chateau