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Château Canon-la-Gaffelière Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru 2008

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"...nose of roasted herbs, sweet black currants and cherries, licorice, incense, and Christmas fruitcake. Deep, concentrated fruit, full-bodied opulence, beautiful purity, sweet tannins, and fresh acids give this wine a stunning precision as well as amazing depth...91-93" WA 4/09 "I really like the mineral and fruity character on the nose and palate with hints of raspberries and spices. It's full bodied, with a balance of fine tannins and a berry, mineral after taste. This needs about three to four years to soften...91" James Suckling 12/10

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière:
Château Canon La Gaffelière is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope. The 19.5 hectare vineyard has a complex, outstanding terroir of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil. The topsoil is primarily sandy, increasingly so as one moves away from the slope. The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Ca... Read more
Château Canon La Gaffelière is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope. The 19.5 hectare vineyard has a complex, outstanding terroir of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil. The topsoil is primarily sandy, increasingly so as one moves away from the slope. The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) at Canon-La-Gaffelière is perfectly suited to the soil. The average amount of Merlot is approximately 70% in Saint-Emilion. This variety contributes roundness and opulence. However, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc at Canon-La-Gaffelière is unquestionably well-adapted to the estate's warm soil. This variety accounts for an exquisite bouquet with spicy, floral overtones, as well as power and aromatic complexity. The old Cabernet Franc vines do especially well on soil with a high clay content. Seeing as the Cabernets are usually late-ripening, they take full advantage of the estate's warm soil. This means they mature much earlier than in most other parts of the appellation. The vines, an average of 45 years old, are deeply rooted in the soil and absorb all the goodness in the terroir. They are mostly replaced individually rather than plot by plot (which maintains the average age). The last major replanting dates back to 1986. Mass selection is practised. This is especially useful in order to perpetuate the precious old Cabernet Franc vines. It not only maintains the vineyard's genetic heritage, but also its unique balance. Remarkably well-structured, always elegant, and unfailingly long on the palate, Château Canon La Gaffelière eloquently illustrates Stephan von Neipperg's new orientation. Read less

Member Reviews for Château Canon-la-Gaffelière Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru

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Snooth User: JonDerry
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4.00 5
01/24/2011

Herbs and dark fruit, somewhat suppressed nose. A little bit green at this stage with a light to medium bodied mouth-feel with spice and floral notes. This is heavy cabernet concentration for St. Emilion, so patience will no doubt be rewarded. Still, this is showing the stuffing to be a 90-92 point wine with a drinking window of 2015-2030+.


Snooth User: drsint
1424482,804
4.00 5
01/29/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Château Canon-la-Gaffelière Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion Grand Cru

External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
06/30/2010

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière (formerly La Gaffelière- Boitard), has been recognised for centuries as one of the finest growths in Saint-Emilion. Count von Neipperg, scion of a family with eight centuries of winegrowing tradition, bought this estate in 1971. His son Stephan is currently in charge of managing the estate. A renaissance has since occurred at Canon-la-Gaffelière after several years of major efforts involving large-scale investments. All of this has been done with an indepth understanding of the special nature of the soil.The wine is made in an ultra-modern vat room with wooden fermenting vats. Château Canon-la-Gaffelière is very deep in colour with excellent concentration, intense fruity flavours and ripe tannin. It is both full-bodied and elegant with fine ageing potential. Each new vintage reveals a different facet of this wine's marvellously complex personality


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

One of the most consistently high quality offerings from both St.-Emilion and Bordeaux, proprietor Stefan von Neipperg, working with consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, always seems to deliver a beautifully opulent, complex claret that can be drunk you... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Canon la Gaffeliere 1500ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/12/2012

(Tasted with Stephane Derenoncourt). Starts out with a complex and gorgeous nose of ripe dark fruit, racy minerality, and flowers. This has some serious weight and a great core of fruit. Exceptional length here, chocolate crème notes find their way i... John Perry. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Canon la Gaffeliere 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/08/2009

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2008 Canon la Gaffeliere 1500ml


External Review
Source: Millesima USA LLC
05/18/2010

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"...nose of roasted herbs, sweet black currants and cherries, licorice, incense, and Christmas fruitcake. Deep, concentrated fruit, full-bodied opulence, beautiful purity, sweet tannins, and fresh acids give this wine a stunning precision as well as amazing depth...91-93" WA 4/09 "I really like the mineral and fruity character on the nose and palate with hints of raspberries and spices. It's full bodied, with a balance of fine tannins and a berry, mineral after taste. This needs about three to four years to soften...91" James Suckling 12/10

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