Chateau Ste. Gemme Haut Medoc 2000

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Great low cost Bordeaux thats starting to open up now

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Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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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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09/14/2007

Great low cost Bordeaux thats starting to open up now


External Reviews for Chateau Ste. Gemme Haut Medoc

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Complex, classic Bordeaux elegance with a depth and purity of fruit found only in the greatest of vintages. Blackberries, cedar, anise and wild blueberries flavor this medium- to full-bodied Cabernet blend. Young and balanced, this wine holds promise for 10-15 years of enjoyment.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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 concentration and tannic structure.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Considerable depth of flavor here, with complex ripe tannins, topping the dense black fruits. There's spice from the wood, some stalky tannins from the fruit, and an edge of youth that will need 3-4 years to show its potential.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Offers 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. Best after 2011.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

(Barrel tasting) Lots of berry and chocolate character with hints of vanilla. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Impressive. Almost hard to believe, it's so good. Almost 92-94.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Château Caronnes Ste Gemme is a rare bargain from the stellar 2000 vintage. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, it's rich ruby color indicates sweetly blackberry and cassis aromas. Full with firm tannins, it's loaded with black currant, cedar, and twiggy mint. For the price, it's worth grabbing at least two bottles: one to drink now, and one to cellar for a few more years!


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Loads of ripe plum and berry, with hints of mineral. Medium- to full-bodied, with lovely integrated tannins and a medium finish. Best after 2005.


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