Château Caronne Ste Gemme 2015 Haut-Médoc
Described by Tom Stevenson as “a superb island of vines on a gravel plateau south of St Julien estates”. Château Caronne Ste Gemme takes pride in its deep gravel mounds of the günzien period, which lie on a subsoil of iron rich sandstone to the east and clay to the west. Gravel is the key to ripening Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux; it retains the warmth of the sun and can be the difference between an average and excellent vineyard.
Dark crimson. This compelling wine opens with intense cassis fruit and an underlay of liquorice spice. Its character deepens as hints of walnut, cedar wood and sweet oak emerge on the palate. Rich, bold and robust. A solid and structured red with excellent supporting tannins that closes in a dry finish.
Sourced from a single 45 hectare vineyard with vines an average age of 25-years-old. Comprises a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Harvesting is 70% manual and 30% machine. The grapes are de-stemmed and slightly crushed, then sent into fermentation vats. The vats are either stainless steel or cement with an epoxy coating and are always thermo-regulated. Fermentation occurs at 28–30°C with light “over the top ” pumping for a soft extraction of the skins. Maceration can last up to three weeks. 12 months ageing occurs exclusively in 900 french barrels of 225 litres, of which 25% are renewed each year. The wine is fined with egg-whites and finally bottled at the vineyard 20 months after it is harvested.
Drink from 2022 through to 2030.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 86–88 POINTS
The 2015 Caronne Saint Gemme has a pleasant, estuarine-scented bouquet. Think about swigging a decent Cabernet out of mudflats just after the tide has gone out, the tang of salt in the air. The palate is medium-bodied and balanced, but the oak needs to be better integrated and leaves a bit too much powdered cocoa on the finish. Let’s hope that this will be absorbed during élevage.
– 89 POINTS
The 2015 Caronne Ste Gemme is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. It has a well defined, quite composed bouquet that unfurls with blackberry, tobacco and smoke aromas, your classic Haut-Médoc really. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, crisp acidity, quite fresh in the mouth with a brisk, lively finish, graphite lingering on the aftertaste. Excellent. Tasted at the Oenoconseil tasting room in Bordeaux.
– 88 POINTS
Fine fleshy, meaty fruit and good vineyard character. Quite St-Estèphe in style with good grip and a fine future. Drinking Window 2020–2028.