The wine’s saturated purple colour immediately gives away the warmer vintage, as does its alcohol level of 14%. Upon opening, I was surprised by the fresh red currant aroma, a smell I more usually associate with young Rhône reds or new world reds from warmer climates. With around 20 minutes in the glass a more classic left bank Bordeaux aroma emerged with notes of earth, clove, blackcurrant and a touch of pencil shavings. The palate is a bit mixed: near monolithic tannins overshadow some quite good length and fruit, leaving an impression of stalks and wood, that I suspect understates the overall quality of the wine which is quite good. That said, by day 3, the wine was mostly shot. 86 points (very good)
Some Bordeaux wines from the fabled 2009 vintage are starting to trickle on to Australian shores. Caronne St Gemme I’ve usually found to be a good rather than very good wine, but the strong 2009 vintage means that all comers must be looked at as potentially serious wines.