Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere St. Emilion Grand Cru 2008
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Neal Martin 94
"Tasted at the UGC 2008 tasting in London. The nose races out of the blocks with black cherries, cassis, Hoi sin and a touch of Chinese 5-spice. Good definition-very confident. The palate is medium-bodied with layers of ripe red fruit: redcurrant, pomegranate, a touch of white pepper and very well integrated oak. Great length and sense of dimension here as it fans out across the finish. Superb! Drink 2013-2025+ Tasted October 2010."
Robert Parker 93
"A sensational sleeper of the vintage, this modern-styled St.-Emilion boasts a dark purple color along with a beautiful bouquet of black olives, cherry jam, incense, spicy oak and black currants. Full-bodied, unctuously textured, lush, seductive and gloriously perfumed, this strikingly intense claret can be drunk now and over the next 12-15 years. Bravo!"
Wine Spectator 93
TOP 100 2011 Rank 95
"Dense and ripe, with flashes of Black Mission fig, Turkish coffee and roasted apple wood running through the dense core of plum sauce, black licorice and currant paste. The long finish has ample depth and grip, with a singe of black tea. A very classy wine. Best from 2013 through 2019. 3,580 cases made"
Wine Enthusiast 93
"The wine shows both rich density and structure. It gives weight while remaining stylish. The delicious black berry fruits on the finish characterize a wine that is classic, balancing fruit and tannins."
Stephen Tanzer 91
"Bright, full red-ruby. Plum, spicecake, coffee, chocolate and lead pencil on the very ripe nose. Sweet, lush and broad, with a mouthfilling texture to the dark berry and spice flavors. Has enough acidity to maintain its shape but this is already accessible. Finishes with suave, ripe tannins and excellent length."