Caronne Ste. Gemme

Situated on a gravel plateau in Saint-Laurent-Médoc, Château Caronne Ste Gemme dates back to the mid 17th Century. The estate has been owned and guided by the Borie-Nony family since 1900. Current Director François Nony joined the family business in 1999 and succeeded his uncle Jean a few years later. François, Vice-President and spokesman for the recently revamped Alliance des Cru Bourgeois, was joined in 2007 by his Paris-based brother Georges, who has assumed many of the company’s export duties.

The 94 acre estate lies on the southwest border of Saint-Julien, a stone’s throw from classified growths Châteaux Gruaud Larose and Lagrange. Bordeaux insiders and savvy press concur that Caronne Ste Gemme’s wines regularly match the quality of offerings from its neighbors to the east. To the west of Caronne Ste Gemme in its eponymous hamlet are the vineyards of Château Labat, a formerly independent estate that was absorbed by the Borie-Nony family right after WWI. For most of the past century, the fruit from Labat’s eighteen acres was combined with that of Caronne, but because of its different soil profile and higher percentage of Merlot, François Nony decided to restore its 19th Century identity. Labat is now picked, vinified, and aged separately.

Quality and sustainability are the primary factors in all vineyard decisions. Over the past decade, the Nonys have invested considerable resources to give longtime Enologist Olivier Dauga and Cellermaster Bruno Guyomar the state-of-the-art winery, equipment, and barrel chais necessary to produce these top level clarets, yet Caronne and Labat wines remain among the best values in Bordeaux today.

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