Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Haut-Médoc
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Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme 2012 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, grown on deep gravelly soil close to Saint-Julien. It displays entrancing aromas of cherry, currant, mocha, tobacco and smoky underbrush, with a peppery nuance emerging with air. Its dark cherry, mineral and menthol flavours offer good intensity, with a sound vinous quality balancing the wine’s sweetness. This nicely intense, mid-weight wine will probably be even more satisfying with a couple of years of patience.
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Dark fruit and tannic structure
Drink With: Côte de boeuf rotie
From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
Supple tannins and attractive camphor, mulberry, black currant and dusty, earthy notes are present in this full-bodied, legitimate sleeper of the vintage. The purity, texture, pure charm and depth of this wine are impressive. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. This beauty from proprietor Francois Nony is a two-thirds blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest mostly Merlot with a touch of Petit Verdot. A member of the Alliance des Cru Bourgeois du Médoc.
From Wine Spectator:
Well-structured, with tobacco and cedar framing damson plum, cassis and black cherry fruit. The tobacco edge re-emerges on the finish, with savoury and dark olive notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Merlot. Best from 2016 through 2024.