Chateau Gemme 2005 - Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois
During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, during the great expansion of the vineyard in the Médoc, families often baptize their castle depending on the particular site or aspect of its history. This is the case with the Château de Sainte Gemme who took the name of the former parish on which it is built. The name "rock" also means "precious stone" and refers to Garonne gravel on the surface and part of the basement of this area. For decades, this area belonging to the owner of Lachesnaye the Exschaw family, wine prepared on Sainte Gemme took the name of Château Lachesnaye. In 1962, the Bouteiller family, also owner of Château Lanessan, bought all the two areas and had the desire in 1981 to honor the terroir of Sainte Gemme, giving it its own identity to develop it a full wine, marketed under the name of Château de Sainte Gemme. Located east of the Gironde, Château de Sainte Gemme is the last Local Haut-Médoc before entering the prestigious Saint Julien. His gravelly soil is particularly suitable for cabernet sauvignon where it expresses all its complexity. Clay soil beneath allows the merlot offer fleshy tannins, freshness and aromatic intensity.
|Bottle Size||0.75 L|
|Main grape||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignog, Merlot|
|When to drink||2012-2022|
A homogeneous harvest grapes in perfect health and a relatively reasonable volume (6,000,000 hl): it is indeed an exceptional vintage! Ideal weather conditions from May - permanent sunshine without excess heat, very little rain and cool nights - enabled slow ripening characteristic of years of legendary Bordeaux. The Merlots are as successful as the Cabernet: intense and elegant fruit, balance, depth, richness, concentration and extreme freshness, not to mention an almost unlimited aging potential. Only time will tell us if they prove as great as in 2000, 1989 and 1982 which already readily compared. Sweet wines are as grandiose, offering a nice balance between sugar / alcohol / acidity, and delicious candied nuances, roasted and toasted, which blend fine woody notes. On a more classic style than the exceptional 2003 they are nevertheless comparable to the magnificent 2001 and 1997, or even greater.