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Château Cadet-Bon

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Nature of soil : limestone with asteria, clay-limestone coast
Exposure : 6 of the 7 hectares located on the southern slope of Cadet Hill at the gates of the city
Grape Varieties : 80 % Merlot, 20 % Cabernet Franc
Density of plantation : 6 666 pieds/ hectares
Average age of vines : 40 years
Yield : 35 hl/ha
Goals of the vineyard : Disbudding, shedding, leaf removal, green harvesting, biodynamic preparation
Soil cultivation : Cereal seed, mechanical tillage
Pruning : Single and double guyot
Harvest : Manual, 3 sorting tables, no crushing
Vinification : Small capacity thermoregulated tanks, punch downs, soft and low extraction for silky tannins
Barrel aging : Medium heat - 1/3 new and 2/3 of one to two wines, 12 to 18 months


“Nose of truffle and earth, complex and nuanced, preceding a mouth of great caliber, subtle and profound. A lot of softness and delicacy.” 17.10 –

1 Star – Guide Hachette 2014
92/100 Guide Gilbert Gaillard 2014
Silver Medal – Miami Challenge 2012
Silver Medal – Best French Wines for Asia 2013
16 – 17/20 – In Vino Veritas – December 2013
16.50 – Terres de Vin October 2013
16.50/20 – Bettane + Desseauve Wine Guide 2013


“The make-up of varietals is classic (80% Merlot, balanced with Cabernet Franc planted in limestone and asteria soil); the art of vinification gave birth to an extraordinary wine. This vintage has a rare elegance; the color profound, Bordeaux red with mahogany reflections; the bouquet is enchanting, an expression of magnificent grapes grown traditionally and perfectly restrained (one year in one-third new barrels); a powerful warm, rich, fleshy mouth supported by rich yet velvety tannins. It is the image of a wine with great aging potential that can nevertheless be enjoyed young.” Hachette des Vins Wine Guide – 2015

Silver Medal – Brussels World Competition 2014
Gold Medal – Best French Wine Contest in Asia 2016
Silver Medal – Best French Wines for Asia 2014
15.5 – Hors Série RVF sur Bordeaux – 2015
92 – James Suckling
89/100 – Gilbert and Gaillard 2015
15 – 17/20 – In Vino Veritas – December 2013


“An expressive nose that is full of personality, leather, spices, reseda, blueberry, strawberry, warm and ample mouth with a tannic and rather firm thread, followed by a nice balance with its freshness. Energetic.” Guide Hubert – 2016

Gold Medal – Brussels World Competition 2015
90 – James Suckling
90/100 – Gilbert and Gaillard 2015
Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards – 2015
Selected by Terres de Vin Magazine – Christmas 2015


“A beautiful signature aroma of limestone fresher than cherries. A gentle attack, straightforward, drinkable on the palate with delicate fruits. A success.” RVF – May 2014

Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards – 2016
Silver Medal –Lyon International Competition – 2016
Silver Medal – Best French Wine Awards in Germany – 2017
91 – James Suckling
90 – Gilbert and Gaillard – 2016


“A wine with a fresh and profound nose. Traditional cherry that is signature of limestone soil, blended with notes of white flowers. The powerful and savory attack introduces powdery tannins nicely defined. A chiseled mouth remarkably balanced where the gourmet fruits blend with the energy brought by the cabernet. At times intense and complex, the 2014 Cadet-Bon is a wine of balance between charming aromas and a tender, long finish.” Antoine Mariau, Winemaker

Gold Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards – 2017
15.5 – RVF Competition September 2016
92 – Gilbert and Gaillard 2018
92 – James Suckling
90 – Yves Beck


“This vintage presents a deep garnet color of great intensity, and a brilliant and captivating nose of wild black fruits and plums, along with subltle violet aromas. The wine presents a harmonious mouth, built on elegance with very velvety tannins. The limestone plateau, on which our very old vineyard is situated, is expressed in this great vintage to provide a refreshing minerality in the finish, and gives us a wine with great potential.” Antoine Mariau, Winemaker

92 – Bettane + Desseauve Wine Guide
91/92 – James Suckling
15.50 – Terre de Vins Magazine
90 – Decanter
88/91 – Wine Spectator


“With a deep and intense color, Cadet-Bon 2016 delights us with its complexity and freshness. At times, it blends wild black fruits with bold cherries and highlights a floral focus. With its composition of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, the mouth seduces with its elegance and dense tannins. This vintage definitely qualifies as a wine with great aging potential.”
Antoine Mariau – Winemaker

16.50 – Le Figaro Vin Wine Guide
90/91 – James Suckling
92 – Vinifera
16.5 – Bernard Burtschy
16.75//93 – Jean-Marc Quarin


“At first glance, this wine seduces with its shiny ruby red colour, then the nose expresses a complex fruit with a great intensity. The palate is pleasant and silky, expressing all the freshness and minerality of the limestone plateau.”
Antoine MARIAU – Winemaker

92/100 – Terre de Vins
89/90 – James SUCKLING
15.5 – Jean-Marc QUARIN
15-15.5/20 – La Revue du Vin de France


“Elegant and wonderfully complex, the nose offers notes of ripe cherries and undergrowth, flowers and soft spices. With a meaty and dense palate, this vintage is full-bodied with persistent tannins. The finish is long, dynamic, airy.”
 Antoine MARIAU – Winemaker

16/20 – Le Point
92 – Bettane et Desseauve
92 – Jean-Marc Quarin
92-93 – Yves Beck
93-94 – Bernard Burtschy
91-93 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 




“The wine shows a beautiful bright purple colour, and a nose with those raspberry, red currant and violet notes that we love so much. The palate is well-balanced, harmonious, with a fresh and sapid side and an elegant and delicate tannic structure. 2019 belongs with those beautiful vintages we are proud to keep in our cellar and that promise nice moments of tasting and sharing.”
Antoine MARIAU – Winemaker


The Wine Advocate | Lisa Perrotti-Brown – 92-94
Wine Enthusiast | Roger Voss – 93-95
James Suckling – 93-94
Jeb Dunnuck – 91-93
Vertdevin – 93-94
Decanter | Jane Anson – 93
Terre de Vins – 91
Jean-Marc Quarin – 91
Winedoctor | Chris Kissack – 92-94
Markus del Monego – 92
The Wine Cellar Insider | Jeff Leve – 91





” Cadet-Bon 2020 shows a dark and intense colour, which is a key characteristic of great vintages. The very aromatic nose seduces with a blend of blackberry and subtle and delicate floral notes. The attack, fresh and juicy, is followed by a soft and smelting texture with greatly elegant tanins.”
Antoine MARIAU – Winemaker

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James Suckling – 92-93
Yves Beck – 92-93
Jancis Robinson – 16
Le Point – 16,5-17
Terre de Vins – 91-92
La Revue du Vin de France – 91-92
Vertdevin – 16,5//93
Tastingbook | Markus del Monego – 92+
falstaff | Peter Moser – 91-93
Daniel Sériot – 91-93
Winedoctor – 91-93
Vinous | Antonio Galloni – 91-93

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