Ageing; Aged in oak
Structure; Full bodied
Food pairing ideas; A traditional piece of roast beef, served with all the trimmings.
Description; Dark and glossy right out to the pink rim, and a nose of dark, sweet, slightly high-toned and perfumed fruit. Still some honeyed oak present. Lots of flesh on the palate, covering the ripe but very firm and upright structure very well. The tannins do peak out from beneath the substance near the finish, but there is breadth and sweetness, and nice gentle acidity too. An impressive wine for the price.
Producer Profile; The estate has a long history, and is first mentioned in local records as long ago as 1648. There was viticulture at this time, the records indicating that the land was let out to a farmer by its landlord Denis de Mullet in exchange for some of the wine produced. The modern history of Caronne Ste Gemme, however, begins in 1900 with the purchase of the estate by Emile and Eugène Borie. Eugène's descendants went on to own Château Batailley and then Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, whereas Emile's continued managing Caronne Ste Gemme, and still do so today. In recent years the estate has been managed by Emile's grandson Jean Nony, and his nephew François. In 1999 François and his brother took over the running in its entirety, with the help of cellarmaster Bruno Guyomar and oenologist Olivier Dauga.