|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
Very blue-edged colour. More class here. A bit of spice and lift, but with it a more austere character and a twist of dryness on the finish. Mineral freshness and flow, the terroir coming though. Could turn into a mini aristo; - a baronet of a wine, but will probably always be a bit starchy and structured. Rating: 90 L&S (Apr 2014)
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Stern black fruit aromas at first, but then intense red fruits emerge, giving the bouquet more elegance. The palate is supple and fresh but concentrated, with weight, flesh and fine acidity on the finish. Drinking range: 2016 - 2024 Rating: 90 Stephen Brook, Decanter.com (Oct 2016)
Production was down to one-third of what they produced in 2012, as only 2,000+ cases came out of this 30-acre vineyard from the clay and limestone soils at the bottom of the foothills of St.-Emilion. The final blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet France and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from proprietor Stephan von Neipperg achieved 12.85% natural alcohol. Plenty of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, tobacco leaf, and red and blackcurrants are present in this soft, easygoing, fruity wine that will be charming and ideal for drinking in its first 7-8 years of life. 2014-2022 Rating: 87-90 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Aug 2014)
(70% merlot, 25% cabernet franc and 5% cabernet sauvignon; 70% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Sexy notes of violets and cinnamon complicate blackcurrant and cedar on the knockout nose. Fresh and juicy but the red and dark berry flavors turn a little austere at the back. Finishes fresh and long, with rising, mouthcoating tannins, above-average density, and lingering hints of aromatic leafiness and lead pencil. Rating: 88-91 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)
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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