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    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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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium and Spicy

flavors

Blueberry, Raspberry, Vanilla, Toasty, Mushrooms and Tobacco

nose

Youthful, Complex and Rich

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Youthful, Ripe, Full, Powerful and Silky tannins

Verdict

Sophisticated and Excellent

Written Notes

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with expressive fruit, dark berries, plums and cherries, discreet oriental spices in the background. On the palate quite powerful, well structured with mature tannins, sweet fruit and excellent length. A great and impressing wine. 97

  • 97p

Ruby. Blackberries, vanilla, spices, intense nose, floral and graphite minerals. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, spices, anise, deeper, long. 93-95

  • 94p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is medium. On the nose it is youthful, complex and rich. The taste is full, ripe, powerful, with silky tannins, and average in acidity, with balanced structure and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has balsamic, blueberry, cassis, mushrooms, mineral, raspberry, toasty, tobacco and vanilla flavours. The finish is medium long and spicy. This wine is sophisticated and excellent.
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  • 93p

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Origin

St.Emilion, St.Emilion

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2016  ( Château Canon-La-Gaffelière )

Ruby. Blackberries, vanilla, spices, intense nose, floral and graphite minerals. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark berries, spices, anise, deeper, long. 93-95

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château Canon-La-Gaffelière 2016  ( Château Canon-La-Gaffelière )

Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Opulent nose with expressive fruit, dark berries, plums and cherries, discreet oriental spices in the background. On the palate quite powerful, well structured with mature tannins, sweet fruit and excellent length. A great and impressing wine. 97

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