Château La Cardonne 2009

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They have called it the vintage of the decade, even the vintage of the century so far. Whatever your exact take, 2009 has already gone down as one of Bordeaux's greatest years.

Why? The summer was very warm but nights remained cool, allowing for a long, evenly paced growing season and nigh-on perfect ripeness. The very best châteaux typically make excellent wines every year these days, but it is in great vintages like 2009 when you can find truly great wines at every level.

Château La Cardonne appears in Cassini's first general map of France in 1769 and was included in the first Cru Bourgeois classification of 1932. Then in 1973 it was acquired by Domaines Barons de Rothschild (of Lafite fame), soon becoming one of the most sought-after cru bourgeois bottlings in the world. Subsequently bought and modernised by Guy Charloux in 1990 it remains at the apex of cru bourgeois, elevated to Cru Bourgeois Supérieur in 2016.

Their vineyards in the northern Médoc, planted on the typical gravelly soils of the left bank, are sustainably farmed and certified for high environmental value (HVE).

The 2009 blend is dominated by Merlot (50%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45%) with a small amount of Cabernet Franc (5%). Here is their take on the vintage:

"We previously thought the 2005 vintage was the vintage of our lifetime, as the 2009 was simply astonishing as a young wine. It has the fullness of 2005 and the softness of 1990. The 2009 in bottle possesses extraordinary aromatic intensity, freshness and precision. Rich, ripe and mineral, with a very long, lingering finish."

And here is Jancis Robinson's review:

"Very dark crimson. Very ripe, meaty and savoury on the nose and then super-voluptuous and silky on the palate but with sufficient refreshment value. Pretty smart stuff! Though built for the longish term." (drink 2017-25)

Local Collection

You can order online and collect from the shop. Just select "local pickup" at checkout stage. If we don't have enough stock at the time, please contact us because we store most of our wine elsewhere and can usually get more within a few days.

Local Delivery

Local delivery is FREE for orders over £30 and is available within 10 miles of the shop (GU10 1HR). We typically deliver locally ourselves and if you have a specific delivery request please leave a note in the relevant box at checkout stage. We can't guarantee it but we'll always do our best to accommodate it.

If you would like a guaranteed time such as the morning (when we wouldn't normally be out delivering), then you can place an order through our courier service (see below).

National UK Delivery

We can also deliver nationwide. We process orders Tuesday to Friday and if your order is received before 1pm we can usually get it to you next working day. Again if you have any specific delivery requests please let us know and we'll do our best to help.

 Delivery options Order value Delivery charge Timings
Standard (next day)*

£100+

Below £100

FREE

£13.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Standard pre-12.30

£100+

Below £100

£13.00

£25.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-12.30

Standard pre-10.30

£100+

Below £100

£17.00

£29.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-10.30

Isle of Wight**

£100

Below £100

£24.00

£12.50

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Scottish Highlands & Islands***

£100+

Below £100

£19.50

£33.00

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

Northern Ireland

£100+

Below £100

£25.00

£39.00

Mon-Fri,

9.00-17.30

 

*Next day is not available if ordered on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, in which instance the order will be processed on Tuesday for delivery Wednesday

**Isle of Wight post codes PO30-PO41

***Scottish Highlands & Irelands includes the following post codes: AB37 & AB38, AB41 - AB56, FK19-FK21, HS, IV, KA27-KA28, KW, PA20-PA78, PH15-PH50, ZE 

 

Important Notes

  • For National Delivery you will receive a tracking code for our courier APC as part of your fulfilment confirmation e-mail
  • We cannot deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays
  • If possible, please let us know where your order can be left if you are going to be out
  • Use the appropriate notes box to leave any delivery instructions
  • For National Deliveries if unsuccessful APC will leave a card for you to rearrange your delivery

If you subscribe to our e-mail newsletter (see below to do so if you aren't already) you can benefit from our same in-store case discounts when buying online.

Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further.

Some frequently asked questions.

Yes! If you subscribe to our e-mail newsletter (see below) you can benefit from our same in-store case discounts when buying online.

Buying 6-11 bottles? Use code PIP6CASE at checkout for a 5% discount.

Buying 12+ bottles? Use code PIP12CASE at checkout for a 10% discount.

NB: This can't be combined automatically with other discount codes, sorry! Contact us and we'll be able to advise further if that affects you.

Every wine we sell at Pip comes with our seal of approval and we guarantee that If a wine is corked, faulty, or it's absolutely not for you, we will replace it with a second attempt at the same wine or something else at the same value.

And if you would prefer a refund, please read our full refund policy here.

Of course, and we believe our wines make the perfect gifts. We have gift packaging and can include personalised gift notes. Please write a note in the relevant box during checkout.