2003 Caronne Ste-Gemme, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1025186 Jancis Robinson

 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot Farmyardy nose. Pretty sweet and fruity with a lot of elastoplast flavour in the mouth. Funky and interesting, if that's your thing. It is mine. (MJ)  (7/2009)

Wine Enthusiast

 The Nony-Borie family is one group of families at the heart of the Bordeaux wine trade, and with this chateau they show a belief in the classic characters of Bordeaux. The wine is firm, tannic, with true black currant flavors and some solid layers of wood. A very good benchmark Bordeaux. (RV)  (5/2006)

K&L Notes

The 2003 Caronne Ste. Gemme was awarded 4 Stars in the November 2006 Decanter blind tasting and 5 Stars from the prestigious Revue des Vins de France. According to Food & Wine magazine's Wine Guide: ** (very good - distinctive) "Abundant fruit & herb flavors are competing for attention, but they'll work it out in 3-12 years…" Clive Coates writes: "Good colour. Good plump fruit here on the nose. Very well-made. Medium to medium-full. Plenty of ripe, ample, stylish fruit. Good tannins. Plenty of grip. All very well put together. No undue astringency at all. Good plus. From 2008." (0/04)

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