Château La Cardonne is located in Ordonnac in the north of the Bordeaux region, in the lower part of the Médoc wine peninsula on the border with the Haut-Médoc. Wine has been grown here since the 17th century. La Cardonne made a name for itself in the 1980s when it belonged to Lafite-Rothschild, which made large investments here. Since then it has regularly ranked among the best of the "crus bourgeois" of the Médoc, i.e. the wines that didn't make it onto the list of the Médoc "Crus Classés" approved by the state in 1855 because they were not yet producing top-class wines at the time.
In 1990 La Cardonne was acquired by the Charloux family, who continued to improve the quality of the estate. One of these improvements was the "cathedral", as the largest underground cellar in the Médoc is still called today. Talented oenologist Magali Guyon, who earned her spurs at the famous Lynch-Bages estate in Pauillac, is responsible for vinification.
La Cardonne has just over 40 hectares of vines on soils of gravel, sand and limestone. They are planted with 50% Merlot, which gives particularly good results on calcareous soils, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet franc, both of which benefit from gravelly subsoil. Cultivation methods are environmentally aware, and they follow the rules of integrated farming. Careful pressing and ageing in small oak barrels ensure a particularly classic Médoc with interesting development potential, well-structured yet supple, that can stand comparison with far more expensive wines.