Château Caronne Ste. Gemme

Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend

8.8293 ratings
8.829 pro ratings
Haut-Médoc, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Stefan Dolhain

2010 vintage. 40 hectares bordering Saint-Julien. Solid colour. Cassis, black cherries, blackberries and cedar wood. Well-balanced classic Haut-Médoc without great complexity or length, but it is in a very good place now and it shows no signs of fatigue.

2010 vintage. 40 hectares bordering Saint-Julien. Solid colour. Cassis, black cherries, blackberries and cedar wood. Well-balanced classic Haut-Médoc without great complexity or length, but it is in a very good place now and it shows no signs of fatigue.

Feb 1st, 2021
Will Stanley

A textbook claret from an obviously excellent vintage, the Caronne Ste. Gemme is a commendable, age worthy wine in fine form today at eleven years of age. It has the ripe fruit of the vintage and an all round harmonious, textbook Médoc profile with rich cassis, blackberry, dark cocoa and coffee bean alongside a slight hint of bell pepper and a tarry note on the finish. Tannins are still very firm, acidity too, suggesting this will drink well on its twentieth birthday. It perhaps lacks the ‘wow’ factor of its peers, but it represents terrific value at the Cru Bourgeois level - as this estate so often does - and should not be overlooked.

A textbook claret from an obviously excellent vintage, the Caronne Ste. Gemme is a commendable, age worthy wine in fine form today at eleven years of age. It has the ripe fruit of the vintage and an all round harmonious, textbook Médoc profile with rich cassis, blackberry, dark cocoa and coffee bean alongside a slight hint of bell pepper and a tarry note on the finish. Tannins are still very firm, acidity too, suggesting this will drink well on its twentieth birthday. It perhaps lacks the ‘wow’ factor of its peers, but it represents terrific value at the Cru Bourgeois level - as this estate so often does - and should not be overlooked.

Sep 29th, 2020
Dan R
8.5

I typically very much like this property’s chewy, rustic expression but the 2012 just didn’t have quite enough stuffing to balance the grainy toast and gritty tannins. Worked with steak, needed something to grip on to. I don’t see this vintage evolving in a positive manner, drink up...

I typically very much like this property’s chewy, rustic expression but the 2012 just didn’t have quite enough stuffing to balance the grainy toast and gritty tannins. Worked with steak, needed something to grip on to. I don’t see this vintage evolving in a positive manner, drink up...

Sep 12th, 2020
Dan R
8.7

From 375. Solid red fruited old school Bordeaux. Lean and direct, with firm tannins and good balance of fruit and savory. No frills, excellent brasserie wine.

From 375. Solid red fruited old school Bordeaux. Lean and direct, with firm tannins and good balance of fruit and savory. No frills, excellent brasserie wine.

Jul 31st, 2019
Allison Lyzenga

Medium garnet; medium plus intensity aromas of dusty red and black fruit, black plum, black currant, black cherry, red plum, leather, old wood, cloves; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, full bodied, medium plus intensity flavors of dried red and black fruit, black cherry, black plum, dusty wood, old leather, clove; long finish, a bit past its prime

Medium garnet; medium plus intensity aromas of dusty red and black fruit, black plum, black currant, black cherry, red plum, leather, old wood, cloves; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, medium alcohol, full bodied, medium plus intensity flavors of dried red and black fruit, black cherry, black plum, dusty wood, old leather, clove; long finish, a bit past its prime

Jun 2nd, 2019
Jay Kline

My last 375mL of 2010 and this was the best yet. Plums, cassis, pipe tobacco, damp hollowed out log, leather and olive tapenade. Pretty awesome for a Cru Bourgeois.

My last 375mL of 2010 and this was the best yet. Plums, cassis, pipe tobacco, damp hollowed out log, leather and olive tapenade. Pretty awesome for a Cru Bourgeois.

May 28th, 2019
Dan R
8.6

Good producer, tough vintage. Fruit fades quickly, leaving wood and nutty notes a bit apparent. Dumb phase?

Good producer, tough vintage. Fruit fades quickly, leaving wood and nutty notes a bit apparent. Dumb phase?

Jan 17th, 2019
Zack Klug

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1 person found it helpfulJul 9th, 2016
Christopher Olin

pretty good. decent fruit, but still fairly primary. tannins not too resolved.

pretty good. decent fruit, but still fairly primary. tannins not too resolved.

1 person found it helpfulOct 26th, 2014
Christian Baeppler

Good value BDX, reflective of the 2009 vintage, balanced combo of fruit and earth, loads of extract, roasted figs, cassis, slightly earthy with some leafiness 14%.

Good value BDX, reflective of the 2009 vintage, balanced combo of fruit and earth, loads of extract, roasted figs, cassis, slightly earthy with some leafiness 14%.

1 person found it helpfulDec 3rd, 2013