Canon la Gaffeliere 2008
Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere
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! *** One of the most consistently high quality offerings from both St.-Emilion and Bordeaux, proprietor Stefan von Neipperg, working with consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, always seems to deliver a beautifully opulent, complex claret that can be drunk young or cellared for 15+ years. I recently had the 1998 and 1990 and, although those two vintages are very different in style, both are classic Canon la Gaffelieres in their complexity, opulence, and richness. The 2008, a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits a big, sweet nose of roasted herbs, sweet black currants and cherries, licorice, incense, and Christmas fruitcake. Deep, concentrated fruit, full-bodied opulence, beautiful purity, sweet tannins, and fresh acids give this wine a stunning precision as well as amazing depth (because of the low yields). It should drink well for 15+ years.
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* price for one OWC (original wooden case) in perfect condition – 12x75cl per OWC
Last Update October 2015
Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere
Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere is a highly rated winery situated in the the Saint Emilion appellation, on the right Bank of Bordeaux, France. The fine wine Canon la Gaffeliere is ranked Premier Grand Cru Classe by the Classification of Saint Emilion Wine, and the chateau also produces a second wine labeled Cote Mignon la Gaffeliere. Furthermore, this wine estate is also associated with the production of the fine wine La Mondotte.
The main consultant of Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere is the self-taught oenologist Stephane Derenoncourt, responsible for the high quality wine originating from this 19.5 hectare estate. The name descends from the Roman times, coming from the word “gaffets” meaning “lepers”, as there used to be a leprosarium based in the area in the 14th century.
The grape selection is comprised of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. In total, around 7,500 cases of wine are produced each year, including the first and second wine.
7,000 - 8,000 cases
Premier Grand Cru Classe
Saint Emilion/Right Bank
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