Château Anthonic is a property in the Moulis-en-Médoc appellation on the Left Bank of Bordeaux, owned and run by Jean-Baptiste and Nathalie Cordonnier. The couple took over from Jean-Baptiste’s father, Pierre, in 1993.
The vineyard is planted to 62% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Three-quarters of the soils are composed of clay-limestone, explaining the dominance of Merlot.
The Cordonniers work with consultant oenologist Eric Boissenot, who consults for many top estates including the Médoc’s four First Growths.
The wine here has been certified organic since 2019. Biodiversity is important here: the Cordonniers practice agroforestry, planting trees among the vines. Of the estate’s 37 hectares, the vineyard itself covers 28 hectares. The rest is a mixture of woodland and meadow. They use bats instead of chemical insecticides.
Jean-Baptiste and Nathalie founded the Vignerons du Vivant movement in 2018; their aim is to provide training and work opportunities to underprivileged young people in the local area. The emphasis of the movement is on organic farming.