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2019 Château Canon-La-Gaffeliere

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June 16, 2024 - $61

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RATINGS

97Vinous / IWC

97James Suckling

Aromas of dark plums, blueberries, bark, dried leaves, mahogany, licorice and nutmeg. It’s medium-to full-bodied with silky, ripe tannins. Layered and supple with a stylish and polished finish.

97Jeb Dunnuck

Giving up awesome notes of red and black currants, tobacco, exotic flowers, cedarwood, and loamy earth, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully polished, integrated tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish.

96The Wine Advocate

...bouquet of wild berries, blood orange, exotic spices, rose petals, violets and burning embers. Full-bodied, ample and layered, it's supple and perfumed, with a deep core of lively fruit, melting tannins and a long, saline finish.

94Wine Spectator

Pepper, bay and roasted tobacco notes give this a distinct persona out of the gate, while sous bois and mulled plum, black currant and black cherry fruit flavors fill in behind. Singed juniper and alder hints add form through the finish.

16+ Jancis Robinson

Hint of oyster shells on the nose. Then pretty rich and sweet on the palate.

PRODUCER

Château Canon-La-Gaffeliere

Château Canon La Gaffeliere is a 48.2-acre Grand Cru estate in the St.-Emilion appellation of Bordeaux. It is one of six French wine estates owned by Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg, a family of German aristocrats who were military leaders and winemakers in Germany as early as the 12th century. In the 1971 the family acquired four estates in St.-Emilion, and in 1983 Canon La Gaffeliere was put in the hands of one of the sons, Stephan von Neipperg, who today still runs the estate. Vineyards are planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. About 60,000 bottles are produced annually. The second wine is Cote Migon la Gaffeliere. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “this is another superb St.-Emilion estate run with considerable passion, vision and commitment by Stephan von Neipperg. Since 1988, this has been one of St.-Emilion’s star performers…”

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.