The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines

 


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Canon-la-Gaffeliere

And now for something completely different: Merlot, or at least some 50 percent of it. That Merlot is blended with a nice chunk of Cabernet Franc and a dollop of Cabernet Sauvignon in a fairly typical St. Emilion blend.

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière is a property in St. Emilion, located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary that divides Bordeaux into its two banks. This is the land of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and Canon-la-Gaffelière uses both to produce their trademark opulent, supple and almost silky wines. This is a house in transition, moving towards a richer, more powerful and certainly oakier style than they had in the past. This is rapidly becoming the style of St. Emilion, so it might be time to embrace it.

Canon-la-Gaffeliere $85
 

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  • MONTOYA WINE

    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM


  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM


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