Canon la Gaffeliere 2009
Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere
An intriguing blend of nearly 50% Merlot, a whopping 35% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon (a somewhat unusual combination for this region), the 2009 reminds me of the 1990. A big, inky/purple-tinged wine with just over 14% natural alcohol, it exhibits exotic, flamboyant aromas of espresso roast, incense, sweet black cherries, black currants, licorice, asphalt, barbecue smoke, Christmas fruitcake and herbs. Full-bodied with silky tannins, luscious fruit, a hedonistic yet complex personality, low acidity, noticeable tannin and enviable purity, this head-turning beauty can be enjoyed over the next 15-20 years. * This has been one of my favorite St.-Emilions since the late 1980s, when proprietor Stefan Neipperg began to resurrect this once moribund estate that made so many mediocre wines in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s (the 1982 was shameful). It is one of hundreds of examples of properties that have been returned to life, providing Bordeaux with greater quality, diversity and recognition than it has ever had in its long history.
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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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