Sunday, June 15, 2014

Review: ***+ $$ Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 2005 = GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: An Haut-Medoc from the Bordeaux region with nine years of age from vintage date - could be fun!


Original tasting and review : This is Chateau Caronne Ste Gemme, Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Muddy deep magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows lustrous, bright red currant and blackberry.  From the aroma, seems like this will be fresh and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact fresh, taut, young fruit that clasps cheek-straining tannins.  Very dry plum and blackberry reach into your cheeks, not with acids, but only with grippy, chalky tannins.  Yummy in its ascetic structure.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for structured elegance on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Remarkable that this could sit easily for another five years til 15 years from vintage date without hitting a peak timeframe.  Good value - nice outcome for a Bordeaux!

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