2020 Caronne Ste Gemme offers St.-Julien-like grace at Haut-Médoc prices, which is not surprising given the proximity of its vineyards to St.-Julien. Sweet tobacco, berry and cassis aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate with soft tannins and a caressing texture. I've long maintained that the terroir of Caronne Ste Gemme was of classified growth quality, and its recent acquisition by neighboring classified growth La Tour Carnet, into which it’s expected to be absorbed, seems to validate that view. Regrettably, this is likely to be the last vintage of Caronne Ste Gemme; stock up while you can.
– Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
The 2020 Caronne Ste Gemme has a well-defined nose of earthy black fruit mixed with bay leaf and tea leaf scents, gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is smooth and harmonious, displaying well-judged acidity and firm grip. There is a bit of new oak that needs to be fully assimilated toward the finish; otherwise this is a very fine Caronne Ste Gemme that will surely represent great value.
The dense ruby/purple-hued 2020 Château Caronne Ste Gemme offers a more medium-bodied, balanced, nicely textured and fruited style that carries lots of cassis fruits as well as violets, leafy herbs, and a hint of graphite. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years, if not longer.
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