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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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Medium and Brick red




Blackberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, Bread, Cedar and Tobacco


Complex, Rich and Closed


Average in Acidity, Ripe, Full and Toasty



Written Notes

Mixture of rich and ripened black and red fruit, black pepper and liquorice. Very fine and elegant with quite much silky tannin. Smooth with medium long finish. A nice vintage for Canon La Gaffeliere! 94-95+
  • 94p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Very elegant nose with pure fruit, blackberries and sweet elderberries, distinct roasting aroma and gingerbread spices in the background. On palate well structured with fine tannins, succulent fruit, discreet spiciness and excellent length. Very fine and persistent on the palate.
  • 96p
Deep colour. Espresso, dark cherry, dark plum aromas with musky notes. Generous and looseknit with delicious juicy red currant, dark plum fruit, mocha, vanilla oak, fine chewy graphite textures and lovely mineral length. Builds up firm and tight. Well made wine. 94 points
  • 94p
Canon La Gaffeliere Saint Emilion Grand Cu Classe – 58% Merlot 38% Cabernet Franc 7% Cabernet Sauvignon Bright nose, cassis, firm meaty, cool fruit on the palate, good intensity and concentration, a dusty edge to the fruit on the finish, nice length, I like the intensity and persistence, oak shows. This is a very good Canon La Gaffeliere but perhaps lacks a bit of mid-palate density to contend with the very best in the commune. 91- 94/100 2025-2040
  • 92p



St.Emilion, St.Emilion


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