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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

The Story

A new approach starting in 1985

Stephan von Neipperg totally redefined viticulture and winemaking at Canon La Gaffelière, succeeding in reflecting the very best of what the estate has to offer. The present richness and concentration of its wines place Canon La Gaffelière among the top crus classés of Saint Emilion - which was exactly its position in the 1940s.

For quite some time, this siliceous terroir suffered from a fairly mediocre image.

However, clay and sand soil is by no means bad! Everything depends on how you grow the grapes. A common error is to over-fertilise such well-filtered soil. In the early 60s, the use of chemical fertilisers was widespread, largely with a view to increasing production. The prevalent winemaking philosophy at the time found this perfectly acceptable.

Unfortunately, though, wines from this period were lacking in structure. In addition, excess nitrogen created a serious, long-lasting imbalance in the relationship between the vines and the soil. Firmly packed, and deprived of oxygen and micro-organisms, the soil lacked the necessary health and dynamism for deep rooting and quality wine production. This explains why Canon La Gaffelière was so lacklustre after 1964. The wines were weak and lacked complexity.

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Dark purple red colour with violet hue. Elegant nose with expressive fruit, dark berries, raspberries and black cherries. Dark chocolate, cardamom and cloves in the background. On the palate well balanced with persistance and length, balanced tannins, ripe and juicy fruit, elegant toasting and aromatic mild spices in the finish.
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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2013  ( Château Canon-La-Gaffelière )

"Dark purple red colour with violet hue. Elegant nose with expressive fruit, dark berries, raspberries and black cherries. Dark chocolate, cardamom and cloves in the background. On the palate well balanced with persistance and length, balanced tannins, ripe and juicy fruit, elegant toasting and aromatic mild spices in the finish. "

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2013  ( Château Canon-La-Gaffelière )

"Dark purple red colour with violet hue. Elegant nose with quite closed character, fragrant fruit, dark berries. On the palate well balanced with rather good weight and persistant length. Juicy fruit and hints of mild spices in the background. "

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