Château Caronne Sainte Gemme 2018 - A.O.C Haut-Médoc
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Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Caronne Ste Gemme strides confidently from the glass with classic notes of cassis, blackberry pie and baked plums, plus there are wafts of pencil shavings, menthol and damp soil. The medium-bodied palate delivers plenty of dried herbs-laced black fruits, supported by chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing savory.
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Located on the borders of St Laurent du Médoc, adjoins St Julien.This is a very old "place called". "Carona" would come from the Gallic "little source". As for Sainte-Gemme is the linguistic evolution of Saint Jaime or James as evidenced by the maps of the XVIII century.

This parish was, in fact, on one of the branches of the road to Santiago de Compostela whose Knights Templar, installed in the neighboring hamlet of Benon, provided security, facilitating the crossing of the river pilgrims to Saint James. It was suppressed during the revolution and attached to the commune of St Laurent. The first written traces of a wine production date from 1648 during a renting by the owner, Denys de Mullet of the Tour St Lambert, to a farmer for a payment in "wines of Caronne."

The property was bought in 1900 by Emile Borie, grandfather of Jean Nony-Borie who administers it since 1943 with now his nephew François Nony, for the relief.

Terroir bordering Saint-Julien

The terroir of Caronne is composed of deep gravel from the Guzère river on a basement of alios to the east and light clay to the west. Its shape is that of an island, 18 meters high, forming a resurgence of the plateau of St Julien which borders on the north and north east. The gravelly, very abundant, has sometimes large size pebbles and allows the good conservation of heat but also to the roots of the vines to penetrate very deep into the soil without excessive moisture and without risk of asphyxiation.

The subsoil provides a regulated water supply to mature vines but especially its typicity with in this case finer notes and bouquet to the east and more powerful and full-bodied to the west.

This terroir, the only intangible factor in the quality of a wine, whose presence is undeniable and immediately perceptible in Caronne allows to expect constant changes in the quality produced. This important margin of maneuver is enhanced by recent investments in the form of a second vat room, renovated cellars and new storage buildings.


The grapes are harvested at perfect maturity, after sophisticated analyzes, and according to a harvest plan established each year.

A first sorting takes place in the grape bins and then a second sorting is carried out during the reception at the vat room.

A conveyor belt reception conveyes the grapes smoothly to the destemmer which eliminates all the stalks. The berries are then slightly "sprained" and then poured into the thermo-regulated tanks.

After a period of cold maceration and the introduction of specific selected yeasts, the fermentation will be conducted at a temperature of between 27 and 29 ° without precipitation, with frequent pumping over, punching and unloading but without excess.

It is about capturing all the quality and the fruit contained in the berries and the skins and not of a competition of extraction. After the fermentation, a maceration of 2 to 3 weeks and the malolactic fermentation complete the process.

The wine is then directly sung in barrels of fine-grain French oak, 20% of which are renewed each year.

The skins remaining in the vats are pressed in moderation and the press juice is elevated separately for possible introduction into the great wine. Four months later, during the first racking of the barrels, the various batches of wine are tasted with a view to assembling them into large and second wines.A collage with egg whites will be used to clarify the wine during the following winter. After 12 months of aging in barrels, the wine is homogenised in vats and bottled after a few months' rest.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Caronne Sainte-Gemme
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    38 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    20% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2024 and 2032
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Haut-Médoc is made with a vineyard that has an area of 38 hectares by Château Caronne Sainte-Gemme. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 12 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 20% of new barrels.


The clearing and enhancement of the Médoc only dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The wines of this region are quickly known and their fame crosses borders.The appellation is recognized by the decree of November 14, 1936, updated in December 2011.
The soils are mainly composed of gravels, that is to say a mixture of gravels and sands, with nuances given the extent of the appellation area and the presence of a clay-limestone subsoil outcropping very marginally.