Château Caronne Ste Gemme
Situated 500 metres from St Julien, adjacent to Château Gruaud Larose and Château Lascombes, this property is blessed with some very fine vineyards producing fruit worthy of Classes Growth status delivering outstanding value for money. In 2013 Francois Nony installed a new winemaking team, including Olivier Seze and Bruno Sauquet (previously at Montrose) to take this Château to the next level. This has proved to be a great decision.
Deep purple in the glass, this is a fine Caronne. The bouquet is ripe and fresh, the palate brimming with intense black fruits, rich and sweet, compact with succulent tannins and a hint of spice. Soft and round on the finish. There isn’t much of this wine, yields of only 8hl/ha!, but it is a great effort this vintage.
Sirloin of beef served pink with roast potatoes. Yummy!
The grapes are destemmed and then slightly crushed, before fermentation in thermo-regulated stainless steel fermentation vats. The wine is aged for 12 months in 35% new oak barrels.
Barrel Sample. Always a reliable property, this estate has produced a wine that is already open and rounded. Its juicy acidity and fine black fruits are on their way, integrating with the wood and developing well. It should be ready to drink from 2022. The Wine Enthusiast 88–90.