Country: France Region: Bordeaux (St.Emilion)
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2010 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere
Château Canon La Gaffelière is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope. The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) at Canon-La-Gaffelière is perfectly suited to the soil. The vines, an average of 45 years old, are deeply rooted in the soil and absorb all the goodness in the terroir. Remarkably well-structured, always elegant, and unfailingly long on the palate, Château Canon La Gaffelière eloquently illustrates Stephan von Neipperg's new orientation.
#2 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013
This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035.
This wine shows wonderfully exotic tapenade, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, blackberry and sweet cherry notes in its strikingly provocative aromatics. On the palate, the wine is dense and full-bodied, with stunning concentration, purity, texture and length. It is full-bodied, silky smooth and seems to have more in common with the 2009 than one might expect, although the freshness and tannin levels are slightly more elevated. Drink it over the next 20+ years.
Jeannie Cho Lee
Cedar, plums, blackcurrant. The 2010 Canon La Gaffeliere has aromas of blackberries, blueberries, cedar and plums, and on the palate we find a dense, full-bodied wine whose tannins are very stern and jutting out right now. While there is plenty of depth and intensity to suggest that the wine will come around in several years time, this is a great wine for laying down for your children - it will easily age for decades.
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