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Caronne Ste Gemme 2004

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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 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.

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Château Caronnes Ste. Gemme:
The vineyard was first reported in 1648 when a local landlord, Denis de Mullet of La Tour StLambert rented it to a farmer in exchange for the wines produced. Caronne is derived from "Carona" the name of a local spring source, and Gemme a corruption of "James". In the middle-ages the locality was a parish on the grounds of a subsidiary to the Templar Headquaters at nearby ... Read more
The vineyard was first reported in 1648 when a local landlord, Denis de Mullet of La Tour StLambert rented it to a farmer in exchange for the wines produced. Caronne is derived from "Carona" the name of a local spring source, and Gemme a corruption of "James". In the middle-ages the locality was a parish on the grounds of a subsidiary to the Templar Headquaters at nearby Benon a few kilometers inland. Pilgrims on their way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, having crossed the estuary from Blaye, would rest here before continuing their way across the Landes to the Spanish Border. The Parish was abolished during the Revolution and it is about this time that the first records of wine production at Caronne appear. In 1900 ownership of Caronne passed to Emile and Eugène Borie. The sons of Eugène would later cede their shares to their uncle and purchase Ch. Batailley and later Ducru-Beaucaillou while Emile's descendents would remain the sole owners of Caronne until this day. The property is now managed by Jean, grandson of Emile and François, his nephew. Read less

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Snooth User: zufrieden
2593864,614
3.00 5
04/29/2010

An inviting licorice and coffee nose. More licorice and stewed fruit on the palate with balance and elegance for the price with a lengthy, medium finish. Tannins are soft and approachable now - although this wine could be racked in the cellar for 2-3 more years. A decent rendering of the Haut-Medoc at a reasonable price. Tasted at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,704
3.00 5
07/03/2011

Lots and lots of leathery tannins. Also plenty of microscopic sediment that you wouldn't notice if you weren't looking closely. Don't let that scare you though because my wife didn't even notice it. She loved this wine, while I was apathetic. Nothing really stood out to me. It is not bad wine by any means. Just not very memorable. Anyways, this paired great with a roasted hunk of beef and al dente corn on the cob.


Snooth User: rzakharov
39826390
3.00 5
07/22/2009

Three glasses



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 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.

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