James Suckling 96
The aromas are very complex with sweet tobacco, black truffles, blueberries and blackberries. Subtle. Menthol, too. Full-bodied yet so elegant. Structure with finesse and purity. The tannins are melted in the wine. Fabulous young wine.
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.
Wine Advocate 93-95
The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere is a blend of 55 Merlot, 35 Cabernet Franc and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon (vines organically certified) picked from 26 September to 15 October and matured in 60 new oak. The yield is 42 hectoliters per hectare. This offers one of the most cerebral aromatics that I have encountered from this Saint Emilion estate: mineral-rich red and black fruit, quite edgy, almost flinty in style. I adore the focus of these aromas that are wired directly into the olfactory senses. The palate is very well balanced and governed by the Cabernet component. The black fruit is lifted by some lovely graphite notes that lend it a very Left Bank-like personality. It is fresh, taut and linear with a very persistent finish. Unlike other vintages of Canon la Gaffelire, I feel that this will require four to five years in bottle. As good as the 2015 last year, it might even surpass it.
by Robert Parker, NM, 2017.
Wine Spectator 95
This delivers a very fresh, juicy ball of red and black currant preserve flavors laced liberally with bramble, roasted apple wood and sweet tobacco notes. Shows terrific purity, energy and drive, with a piercing echo of minerality through the mouthwatering finish.
by Wine Spectator, JM, 2019.
Wine Enthusiast 95
Bold tannins, rich fruit and good acidity combine in a wine that is powerful while always fresh. With acidity and stylish black-currant flavors, the wine's fruitiness comes through the tannins, finishing with a juicy, perfumed aftertaste.
by Wine Enthusiast, RV, 2019.
Located on the pied de cte (foot of the slope) south of the medieval village of Saint-milion, Chteau Canon La Gaffelire's terroir consists of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil that is very permeable and particularly efficient at retaining heat.
The choice of grape varieties is rather atypical for the appellation in light of the soil: almost a perfect 50/50 divide between Merlot and Cabernet. The Cabernets ripen early and remarkably well on Canon La Gaffelire's warm soil, adding power and aromatic complexity to Merlot's opulence to create wines of natural elegance and finesse.
In keeping with vineyard management adapted to each plot, the vat room was designed to be able to ferment and house wine made from each one in order to fine tune the final blend. Fermentation takes place slowly and temperatures are kept under close control to bring out the best the grapes have to offer. The wine is aged on the lees to enhance its intrinsic qualities and each barrel is treated individually. Non-interventionist winemaking is practised and in such a way as to make the most of vintage character.
Members of the Franconian aristocracy with a long political and agricultural tradition, the Counts von Neipperg family line can be traced back to the 12th century. Representing some eight centuries of winegrowing and winemaking experience, today Count Stephan von Neipperg manages the 9 family-owned estates, 4 of which are in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux: Chteau Canon La Gaffelire, La Mondotte, Clos de lOratoire, Chteau Peyreau.
Harvest dates: 26/09 to 15/10/2016
Yield: 42 hl/ha
Winemaking: in wooden vats for 32 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing: in new oak barrels (60) on the lees for 17 months. No fining
Bottling: Chteau-bottled in June 2018 (from 4th to 7th)
Blending: 55 Merlot, 35 Cabernet Franc, 10 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree: 14.5
A Classified Growth B from the Saint-Emilion appellation, the Chteau Canon La Gaffelire benefits from a vineyard planted on clay-limestone and clay-sandy soils. The wine is aged in barrels (60 in new barrels) on fine lees. The Chteau Canon La Gaffelire is a blend of 55 Merlot, 35 Cabernet Franc and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon.
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