GIFT ~ Château Caronne Ste Gemme ~ Haut Médoc AC 1998

GIFT ~ Château Caronne Ste Gemme ~ Haut Médoc AC 1998
£27.00 / bottleincl. postage & packaging

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Country: France
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Grapes: Merlot
Grapes: Petit Verdot
Region: Bordeaux
Style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Wine Types: Wine Gifts / 1 bottle wine packs
Drink: Now to 2019
ABV: 12.5%

Tasting Notes

Please note this is a one-bottle gift pack (price includes postage & packaging).
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The story

We are very excited to have got our hands on this aged Left Bank Bordeaux, Château Caronne Sainte Gemme Haut Médoc AC 1998. It's rare to find such a developed wine, drinking beautifully now.

This wine has been lying in the producer's cellars, ignored by buyers for a number of years because of the originally high tannins. 17 years on and those previously grippy tannins have softened a great deal.

The wine

This wine, produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, is classic Left Bank Bordeaux, i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant so with black fruits - blackcurrant and blackberries - on the nose with a hint of pencil shavings (St Julien wines are renowned for their pencil shavings/ cedar/ cigar-box aromas). 

Despite the age of this wine, the black fruits continue through on the palate and there is some vanilla and spice from the oak ageing. Sufficient tannins remain to give the wine backbone and potential for a little further ageing but they are soft and balanced by the fruit and the relatively high acidity.

It is a shame that these days most Bordeaux red wines are consumed well before they are ready; this is a rare opportunity to get hold of a wine with a few years under its belt and showing the true colours of a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Left Bank Bordeaux. Fabulous!

Producer's Notes

"The weather: A mild and wet winter. Spring was on average. Flowering a week in advance by the 10th of june. July was warm but lacked sunshine which august compensated with a spell of drought. Begining september things were looking glorious when two weeks of rain diminished our high hopes. Then sunshine and finally rain throughout part of the harvest at the end of september. Nevertheless a very good vintage.

 The wine: Quite sturdy in the begining it is starting to show some suppleness. Good fruit with depth and style and a good grip. Will mature at its advantage into a charming, plummy and round wine. Classic."

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