A very reliable Cru Bourgeois property, Château Caronne Ste. Gemme is located in the Haut-Médoc adjacent to St.Julien. Owned by Jean and Francois Nony, the property consists of 45 hectares of vineyards and produces over 20,000 cases a year.
Caronne Ste. Gemme 2012 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel before being transferred for maturation in oak barriques (20% of which are new, the rest being 2nd or 3rd fill) for 12 months.
A rich nose of red fruit, cedar and spices leads on to a palate that is full and rounded with soft tannins and flavours of red fruits, vanilla, a hint of smoke and subtle oak. A lovely claret from a splendid Bordeaux vintage.
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The Haverlan family bought the property in 1988 and the wines made here are delicious. Very sound reds, fleshy with plenty of solid black fruit, mature tannins and creamy oak.
The cépage is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot from 16 hectares of vineyards on classic Graves gravel soils. The harvest is carried out by hand followed by a careful selection of the fruit before a temperature controlled fermentation and lengthy maceration period.
The wine is ages for 18 months in oak, 40% of which is new. 2009 was a superb vintage.
**A Jeroboam – 5 litres, or the equivalent to 6 2/3 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**
This fine property comprises a beautiful 19th century house, parkland and some 15 hectares of vineyard. Under British ownership from 2000 until recently, a huge amount of investment has gone in to restoring not only the house but also the vineyards and cellars. The results of this are plain to see.
Produced from 20 year old vines, the grapes are hand picked and carefully sorted in the vineyard. Fermentation is in temperature-controlled cement vats for a period of 3-4 weeks followed by 12 months ageing in oak, 60% of which is new.
The 2009 is a classic Bordeaux vintage, very dark in appearance with a nose full of ripe fruit and elegant cedar notes. The palate is dry and broad with restrained cassis flavours, a touch of liquorice and warm spicy notes. The tannins are soft but support the wine well into the long finish.
**An Impériale – 6 litres, or the equivalent to 8 bottles – in an individual, branded wooden box.**
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