40 Ratings
Château Caronne Ste. Gemme Haut-Médoc
$31.99 USD
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Date: November 2008 Tasting Bar Price: $2.20/taste Half Off Tuesday Price: $1.10/tasteGood Bordeaux in my opinion is difficult to find for a reasonable price but I believe we've found one! This has true Bordeaux character with it's pencil lead undertones and soft dried fruit. It's also got some more secondary flavors that will develop more if you decant it. It's a medium to full bodied wine with soft tannins and a longer finish. - Maggie's Staff PickOffers raisin and dried fruit, with very ripe fruit aromas and coffee and oak undertones. Full-bodied, with velvety read more...tannins and a long finish. This is pumped up, but I like the flamboyant character.The 45 hactares of vines, which have the Haut-Médoc appellation, sit on a gravel plateau typical of the Médoc, over an iron rich clay-sandstone base at the western end and a more sandy mix towards the Gironde. The encépagement is also fairly typical; there is a dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon, with a little less Merlot and just a few Petit Verdot vines. They are planted at a density of 10000 vines/ha, and have an average age of 25 years. (hide)

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    dark ruby colour, some thinning on rim. dark fruit and deep Christmas cake aromas touch herbaceous and mint notes. soft blackcurrant notes with upfront freshness and eucalyptus notes. tannins obvious on finish but well integrated. slightly lacking in fruit - prob past best, missing fruit.

    over 2 years
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    2013-11: donker, weinig neus, cassis, op dronk stevig maar niet zwaar. ingetogen.

    about 2 years
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    good for price, but nothing special. smooth but not a ton of flavor.

    almost 4 years
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  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2005 Vintage) This is a presale offer! Full payment is required on all presales. Wine is due in Spring/Summer of 2008. "Space limitations did not allow complete tasting notes for this Cru Bourgeois, but 2005 is the finest vintage for these wines since 1982. The range of scores for these wines should give readers an idea of just how consistent this vintage is at this level. Given the style of the vintage, most of these wines should be accessible young yet evolve for a decade or more because of their concentrat...
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2005 Vintage) Chacirc;teau Caronnes Ste Gemme is a rare bargain from the stellar 2000 vintage. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, itrsquo;s rich ruby color indicates sweetly blackberry and cassis aromas. Full with firm tannins, itrsquo;s loaded with black currant, cedar, and twiggy mint. For the price, itrsquo;s worth grabbing at least two bottles: one to drink now, and one to cellar for a few more years!
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/04
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 1995 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/98