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Château Caronne Sainte Gemme Haut Médoc 2015

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£24.00

Whilst Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme falls within the Haut-Médoc appellation it benefits from old vines and from the same mix of gravel/ sandstone and clay soils that most of St Julien’s top chateaux enjoy. This combination gives the wines body, complexity, a smooth texture and mineral notes.

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Wine Region

Bordeaux

Country

France

ABV

13.0%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegetarian

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2028

Description

Château Caronne Sainte Gemme Haut Médoc 2015 is produced from roughly 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and in this vintage 6% of Petit Verdot. This mix is classic Left Bank Bordeaux, i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant so with black fruits – blackcurrant and blackberries but with this hot 2015 vintage also red fruits, raspberry and touches of redcurrant. It’s also fruit-forward on the nose but with liquorice and St Julien-typical hints of cedar wood and pencil. The fruits continue through into the palate. The heat during the 2015 summer days brought out fruit flavours in the wines – red and black forest fruit and blackcurrant dominate – but, equally importantly, the nights were cool which meant the grapes retained their aromas and acidity making the wines fresh. Sufficient tannins remain to give the wine backbone and potential for further ageing but they are incredibly soft and balanced by the fruit and the relatively high acidity. And therefore this wine is drinking beautifully now.

 

The Château Caronne Sainte Gemme dates from 1648 and has been in the hands of the Nony family since the 19th century; it is right on the southern edge of St Julien, the sub-region of Bordeaux that is home to eleven classed growth châteaux and known for its elegant and age-worthy wines. Whilst Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme falls within the Haut-Médoc appellation it benefits from old vines and from the same mix of gravel/ sandstone and clay soils that most of St Julien’s top chateaux enjoy. This combination gives the wines body, complexity, a smooth texture and mineral notes.

 

It is a shame that these days most Bordeaux red wines are consumed well before they are ready; Château Caronne Sainte Gemme Haut Médoc 2015 is a chance to try a wine with a few years under its belt and showing the true colours of a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant Left Bank Bordeaux. Fabulous!

 

Suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans

How to enjoy this wine

This is a great match for beef, lamb, goose and game; also a good match for mushrooms, hard cheeses and mild blue cheeses. The tannins have softened sufficiently for this to pair with roast turkey.

 

Serve at: 14 – 17­°C

Awards

92 points – VertdeVin
“The nose is fruity, gourmand, well-balanced and offers precision. It reveals slight notes of crushed blackberry, crushed strawberry and slight notes of caramelized oak associated with discreet hints of liquorice and an imperceptible touch of Cuban pepper. The palate is fruity, well-balanced, suave, nicely-built and offers juiciness, gourmandise, a slight mineral frame, a good definition as well as a very slight unctuosity. On the palate this wine expresses notes of crushed cassis, fleshy blackberry and slight notes of fresh redcurrant combined with touches of raspberry as well as subtle / discreet touches of caramelized oak. Tannins are fine. Good length.”

 

16+ points and Wine of the Week in Sept 2023 – JancisRobinson.com
“Château Caronne St-Gemme 2015 Haut-Médoc ‘is as classic as ever, offering a type of traditional red bordeaux that is usually associated with much higher prices”

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