Wine Spectator 95
2017 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100, Rank #7
This cuts a wide swath, with mouthwatering tobacco and warm ganache notes leading the way, followed by a wave of fig, blackberry and black currant preserves. Shows remarkable definition already, even though the structure is strident. Tempting now, but just put this in the back of the cellar.
James Suckling 93
This is a big, rich wine with masses of ripe black-fruit aromas and a lot of supple, dry tannins that support the full body very nicely.
Robert Parker 92
The 2014 Canon la Gaffeliere has a fruit-driven, powerful bouquet with rounded raspberry, kirsch, mulberry and light honeyed scents that seem pure and seductive. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated red plum and tart cherry fruit. There is a spicy residue on the back palate with fine structure and poise towards the finish. As ever, a well-crafted, quite delicious Canon la Gaffeliere that should age with style. If the 2014 Canon doesn't quite deliver the opulence for you, then this suits the bill.
Vinous Media 93-96
Exuberant and explosive, the 2014 Canon La Gaffelière is quite forward in style, yet all the elements seem to come together. An open, exotic bouquet melds into sweet red cherries, plums, spices and dried rose petals. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc gives the wine considerable aromatic lift and tons of personality. Floral and savory Franc notes abound on the super, long finish. The 2014 is 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine Enthusiast 93-95
Barrel Sample. Superripe fruits dominate this wine. It is generous and full in the mouth, the tannins and structure buried within the fruity richness. The finish shows ample freshness.
In 1988, shortly after taking over this estate from his father, Stephan von Neipperg introduced more sustainable winegrowing practices. Intent on getting the most out of the clay, limestone and sandy soils, von Neipperg brought on consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt in 1996. Since then, they have elevated the quality of the wines and earned organic certification for the vineyards. For the past few years, they have used cold maceration before the fermentation, which draws color and flavor from the grapes without extracting tannins.
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