2005 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé

Beautifully restrained - lovely sweet aromas and yet texturally dry and architectural, very cool fresh and pure, lots of interest, pain d'épices and pencil-box, really an oustanding Canon la Gaffelière. Rating: 94-94 L&S (Apr 2006)

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This fragrant, lush, seductive wine offers up plum, Christmas spices and crème de cassis. This dense garnet/purple wine also has loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, terrific aromatics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, texture, and a long, long finish. Once again, the Comte von Neipperg and his winemaking consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt have hit a home run in this vintage. This beauty is approachable, if not drinkable already, and should continue to evolve for 10-15 years. Drinking range: 2015 - 2030 Rating: 94-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2015)

Bright, full ruby-red. Knockout nose offers black raspberry, coffee, minerals, flowers, tobacco and nutty oak. Densely packed and vibrant, with terrific energy to its tightly coiled flavors of dark fruits and minerals. Here, too, the quality of the cabernet franc is high. Finishes strong and very long, with an explosion of dark fruits and flowers. An outstanding vintage for this property. (May/June 2007) Rating: 93-94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2007)

(a blend of 55% merlot, 35% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon) Medium ruby-red. Lovely lift to the aromas of black raspberry, chocolate and minerals. Sweet, lush and smooth, with excellent density and fine-grained texture. Very complex, elegantly styled wine that already shows enticing inner-mouth aromatic character. Impressively broad and long on the back end, with the tannins dusting the teeth. Rating: 91-94 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar(May 2006)

One of the greatest Canon-la-Gaffeliere ever made: big body, complex nose, tannin very deftly extracted without any sharpness, great length. Owes much to the Cabernet Franc content of the blend. Drink from 2015. Rating: ****/18 2006)

This is very concentrated on the nose, with blackberry and violets. Full-bodied, with masses of tannins and bright fruit. It goes on and on and on. Exceptional. Rating: 95-100 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(May 2006)

Very dark, blackish crimson. Mossy, savoury, autumn mulch aromas. Very energetic and opulent and well managed. Intense in terms of colour but lovely smooth, unforced texture. Cool finish. Excellently friendly vintage expression chock full of well-handled ripe fruit. Fine tannins emerge only on the finish. Long. Very clever winemaking. 2012-27 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2006)

The qualitative equal of this estate's top-notch 2000, 1998, and 1990, the 2005 Canon-La-Gaffeliere is a stunning effort from proprietor Stephan von Neipperg. A blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it possesses complex, fragrant aromas of spice box, black currants, sweet cherries, and licorice. Dense, opulent, full-bodied, pure, and layered, it is an impressively endowed St.-Emilion that should evolve slowly, and last for 15 or more years. 2006-21 Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2006)

Château Canon La Gaffelière

Château Canon La Gaffelière started out life with two seperate names. It was known as Canon Boitard and La Gaffelière-Boitard in the 19th century. Skipping ahead to modern history, in 1969, Count Joseph-Hubert von Neipperg purchased the Bordeaux wine estate in 1971. The von Neipperg family remain the owners today. Stephan von Neipperg manages the property as well as several other St. Emilion estates owned by the family. The Bordeaux wine property is located south of the St. Emilion village. It’s not far from La Gaffeliere. The terroir is sand and clay. The sandy topsoil adds more sand when you travel further from the slopes. The slope soil has a large concentration of clay. There is also a thick vein of clay in the subsoil, at a depth of between 70 and 150 cm.

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