CHÂTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIÈRE
2009 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
Quite quiet, restrained on the nose. Calmly harmonious palate - good richness and intensity without quite knocking my socks off. But it does build nicely with good succulence. Finishes a little hot and dry. At the main St Emilion tasting the fruit showed a touch of jam, but there is also some class and lift, with rich fruit and fine tannin. Then the drying tannins on the finish make it seem a touch indigestible. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2010)
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May 2012 issue. Spiced, lush black cherry aromas. Round, juicy and plump with a textured palate and a balanced opulence. Heavily oaked but has the fruit to match. Drink: 2013-2019Decanter Magazine (Mar 2012)
This is one of the most impressive wines yet from Stephan von Neipperg’s revitalised estate. Unlike many St Emilions in 2009, it is harmonious and poised with enough acidity to balance the ripe, textured fruit. This is restrained and elegant, with lovely use of oak, considerable grace and beautifully integrated tannins. Likely to be reasonably priced, too. 10+ years. Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (May 2010)
Proprietor Stephan von Neipperg has made so many terrific wines at this estate since the late 1980s, it’s hard to say that the 2009 is going to turn out to be the finest, but did it show well on the four separate times I tasted it! A final blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and a whopping 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (somewhat unusual for this area of St.-Emilion), the natural alcohol was 14%. Stephane Derenoncourt is the long-time wine consultant at all of Stephan von Neipperg’s estates. Yields were shockingly low here, 28 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine is a beauty of both elegance and power. Dark ruby/purple, with notes of incense, sweet cedar, black cherry jam, cassis, and blackberry as well as licorice and subtle smoke, this wine has superb texture, a full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning concentration, and not a hard edge to be found. It is one of those remarkable 2009s with amazing power and density, but also tremendous finesse, precision, and freshness, an anomaly in itself. This wine should drink well for 15-20 years, based on the fact that the 1990, a vintage far lower in acidity and not nearly as concentrated, is still at the top of its game. Bravo! Rating: 94-96 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Apr 2010)
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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