Château Canon La Gaffelière St. Emilion 2009

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SKU 13533

750ml

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Proprietor Stephan von Neipperg continues to produce outstanding wines at this shining star of Saint Emilion. Planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon with vines averaging 40 years, the vineyard has flat, sandy soils at the foot of the hills. Von Neipperg is committed to making the best possible wines with sumptuous, velvety style and ages this wine in 100% new oak for 14-16 months. Parker calls this 'one of the most opulent and flattering wines of St.-Emilion.' The 2009 was also a Top 100 Wine of the Year in 2012 for Wine Spectator.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château Canon La Gaffelière
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorThis is well-cloaked for now in roasted vanilla and espresso notes, but there's ample, fleshy fig sauce and mulled blackberry fruit in reserve. The long finish sports a melted licorice snap feel. Dense, but beautifully polished and pure. For the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030. 5,140 cases made.

James Molesworth, March 31, 2012
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateAn 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.

Robert Parker, February 2012
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastOne of the peculiarities of St.-Émilion's classification is that Canon la Gaffelière is not classed in the top rung. Because, as this wine shows, it produces superb wines. This is ripe while so elegant, with great intensity and sweet perfumes.

Roger Voss, February 1, 2012