red bordeaux

Bordeaux (Red)

The great city of Bordeaux, with its extraordinary combination of narrow medieval streets and wide 18th and 19th century boulevards, gives its name to one of the greatest wine producing regions of the world. It is the historical capital of Aquitaine - whose most famous daughter, Eleanor, married firstly King Louis VII of France and secondly (following an annullment) King Henry II of England. Thus control of Aquitaine passed to the English Crown, where it remained until the end of the 100 Years War in 1453.

But while the formal ties between England and Aquitaine came to an end, the trade links established at the time have remained strong ever since. Much of the wine produced in the region, and further afield in South West France, was exported from Bordeaux to the great English ports of London, Southampton, Bristol and Liverpool. Many English and Irish families settled in the region - most famously the Talbots, Bartons, Lynches and Johnstones - names which still resonate, illustrating the enduring power of the links established through the wine trade over many centuries.

Today the great red wines of Bordeaux, known to the English speaking world as Claret, are among the most famous and sought after in the world. But though the stage may be dominated by the left bank properties classified in 1855, and the great châteaux of the right bank appellations of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are also a great many unsung heros producing wines of real class and style across the region and its satellites. 

Château Caronne Sainte Gemme

The website for Château Caronne Sainte Gemme can be found at

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2008 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc Halves
 24 Halves
Classic Claret on the nose - lovely dark fruits and cedarwood aromas. Full of delicious supple fruit on the palate, with fine, fresh acidity and ripe, well integrated tannins. Superb drinking now and over the coming years from this highly dependable property. 
2012 Château Caronne Sainte Gemme, Cru Bourgeois Supérieur Haut Médoc
 12 Bottles
"I like the nose on the Caronne Ste Gemme this year: nicely composed with well-integrated oak, understated but unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and there is a touch of greenness, which takes the edge of this wine. Hopefully will gain some weight and flesh in barrel because it does have potential. Tasted April 2013. 87-89" Neal Martin in Wine Journal May 2013 

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