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Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere St. Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classe B Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere started out life with two seperate names. It was at one time known as Canon Boitrd and La Gaffeliere-Boitard. This was back in the 19th century. In time, the double naming was made easier. The solution was to combine the names, which created the moniker we know today as Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere. Skipping ahead to the modern era, in 1969, Count Joseph Hubert von Neipperg purchased Canon La Gaffeliere in 1971. The von Neipperg family remain the owners today. Stephan von Neipperg manages Canon La Gaffeliere as well as several other St. Emilion estates owned by the family.

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Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere is located just south of the St. Emilion village. It’s not far from La Gaffeliere. You can see Chateau Ausone from certain vantage points on the property. At Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, Stephan von Neipperg spends a tremendous amount of time working the vineyards throughout the year. The move to sustainable farming was one of the first major changes Stephan von Neipperg made when he began to manage the estate. Other techniques uses are the planting of grass between the vines on every other row, helping to remove water after heavy rains. During dry periods, the grass is cut or removed from plots that are sensitive to water stress. The vines are regularly earthed up, which helps aeration. To avoid blending both layers of topsoil, only light plowing takes place.

The vineyards of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere are basically self sustaining. To help with that process, only organic compost that is naturally low in nitrogen is used, and even then, that is always in tiny amounts. The object is not to add extra nutriments to the soil. It is to further the ability of the soil to regenerate on its own. Cow manure is mixed with straw which can be used after 9 months.

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The 19.5 hectare Canon La Gaffeliere vineyard is planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. They have old vines averaging close to 50 years of age. The terroir of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere is a mixture of sand and clay soil. The sandy topsoil becomes sandier as you travel further from the slopes of the vineyard. The slopes possess a large concentration of clay, which is where you find the largest concentration of Merlot. There is also a thick vein of clay in the subsoil. This terroir, along with the labor intensive, vineyard practices of Stephan von Neipperg is the key to the success of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere.

Rather than planting young vines plot by plot, the vines are replaced one vine at a time. Previously, before Stephan von Neipperg took over managing the estate, it was common practice to use fertilizers, which removed oxygen and a sustainable biological environment from the soil. The vines roots were not able to penetrate far enough into the soil. That is no longer the case at Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere.

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Low yields are part of the quality found in the wine of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere. To help ensure low yields, a second pruning takes place early in the growing season removing non productive wood. Pruning is done with the goal of not more than 5 to 6 buds per vine. Bunch thinning is used only as a last resort, and only when the vintage is projected to be a very high yielding year. All the work performed in their St. Emilion vineyards is done plot by plot, as well as vine by vine.

To produce the wine of Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, the new winemaking facilities at Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere allow for the berries to be sorted in the vineyards and again following de-stemming. The grapes are whole berry fermented in temperature controlled oak vats which receive pneumatic pigeages. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 100% new, French oak barrels from a total of eight different coopers. The wine is aged on its lees in 100% new, French oak barrels for 15 to 18 months. On average, 5,000 cases of Canon La Gaffeliere are produced each year. There is a second wine, Cote Migon La Gaffeliere. Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere was upgraded in the official 2012 St. Emilion Classification to Premier Grand Cru Classe B.

Stephan von Neipperg. owns several other Right Bank vineyards including Clos de l’Oratoire and La Mondotte and Chateau Peyreau in St. Emilion. Neipperg also consults various other Bordeaux wine producers in St. Emilion, Pessac Leognan, Cotes de Castillon where is owns Chateau d’Aiguilhe and other appellations as well. Stephan von Neipperg is also involved in a Bulgarian winery with Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in the Bessa Valley. The top wine is Enira.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Chocolate-covered plum, brioche, espresso and black cherry scents get your attention. Medium bodied and soft, but lacking the depth of flavor that comes from Cabernet Franc in the blend, the wine will deliver pleasure early in life. Blending 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 12.9% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. The yields were 10 hectoliters per hectare, which is the lowest yields since they declassified the wine in 1991. The wine is aging in 70% new oak. 90-92 Pts

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  2. 2012 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Harvested over a four-week period from October 10 through November 10, the wine is produced from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that is 50/50. On the nose, the wine opens with flowers, licorice, coffee, spice and blackberries. On the palate, the medium-bodied, silky wine is soft with fresh black raspberries and a cherry-filled finish. 91-93 Pts

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  3. 2011 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Medium bodied, soft, silky and focused on its licorice, black cherry, plum and floral character, this soft wine can be enjoyed on release.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. One of the top St. Emilion wines in this difficult year, the floral, earthy, plum, oak and black cherry nose hits all the right notes. Soft, forward, ploished and ready for prime time drinking on release, this is a very nice style of wine.

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. From 60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is aged in 80% new oak and reached 13.4% alcohol. Espresso, plum, floral, truffle, licorice and chocolate mint are found in the aromas. On the palate, the wine is fresh, sweet, round and lush. 92-93 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Earth, flowers, chocolate mint, plum, vanilla and coffee notes open to a rich, expansive, lush, fresh, structured wine. There is a nice sense of purity to the spicy, silky plum and blackberries sensed in the opulently, textured finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. With elements of fresh flowers, coffee, spice, blackberry, earth and plum in the perfume, this lush, round Bordeaux wine is filled with minerality and soft tannins. The wine will be aged in 70% new oak. 93-95 Pts

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    3. 2010 Canon La Gaffeliere Low yields of 28 hecoliters per hectare produced a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that will be aged in 70% new oak. Licorice, chocolate mint, spice, jammy black raspberries, silky lush textures and long, fresh, sweet chocolate cherry expansive finish are the hall marks of this wine. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Blending 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, Neipperg produced a rich, opulent St. Emilion that is filled with licorice, coffee, damp earth and fresh, jammy, dark berries. Sensuous in texture, the wine ends with layers of juicy, ripe, red and black fruits.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Rich, concentrated and opulent in texture, the wine is filled with flowers, black and red berries, licorice, espresso bean, forest floor, smoke and crushed stone scents. Plush in texture, this sexy St. Emilion ends with a rich, fennel, blackberry jam and plum filled finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. 2009 Canon La Gaffeliere was produced using as much of a bio dynamic approach as possible. Herbicides, pesticides, or insecticides are never applied. Fermentation of the uncrushed berries takes place in temperature controlled oak tanks, punctuated by regular pneumatic pigeages. Malolactic is carried out in 100% new barrels from eight different cooperages. The full bodied wine shows minerals, flowers, spice, coffee, leaves, plums, round tannins, berries, and stone in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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  6. 2008 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. This wine offers toasty oak, blackberry, licorice, chocolate and truffle scents. It feels rich, deep and polished on the palate. This Bordeaux wine ends with long, spicy blackberry, kirsch and coca flavors.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. 2008 Canon La Gaffeliere from 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with black fruit, fresh cut herbs, plums and anise. Soft round textures and a long, black fruit filled finish are the hallmarks of this wine. 92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. 08 Château Canon La Gaffeliere, with 43% cabernet franc, 52% merlot, and 5% cabernet sauvignon, is filled with enticing floral, forest, plum, and spicy oak aromas. Concentrated and fleshy, this full bodied wine exudes freshness, and concludes with ample doses of dark berry and red plum accents. 92-94 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. A nice surprise. With a licorice, espresso, black cherry jam and earthy perfume, the wine is plush, polished and round, ending in a sweet, spicy, black and red fruit filled finish. It's clearly improved over the past few years. I'd let it rest for a few more years before popping another cork.

      92 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. What a beauty. While it's obviously young, the wine already offering pleasure with its earth, spice, floral, black cherry, licorice, cocoa and espresso bean nose. Over the past years, the fruit has become much more polished and refined. There is a better sense of purity and more length. You can drink this today with an hour or two of decanting, or allow it another 5-8 years to gain in complexity.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, blackberry, plum, boysenberry, stone, coffee, fennel, herbs and spicy chocolate scents open to a rich, opulently textured wine. This round, full bodied, silky St. Emilion feels lush in your mouth. The long fresh, black raspberry, licorice and garrigue flavors in the finish last for at least 40 seconds! This remains my favorite vintage of Canon La Gaffeliere. Still young, another deacde will add a lot of complexity to this exciting wine.

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    3. The exotic, dark berry liqueur and mineral essence kept me going back for another sniff. The palate enjoyed thick sensations of ripe, red and black fruits ending in a silky black, cherry tinged finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. From a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, notes of flowers, licorice, black cherry, coffee and plums create the aromatics. Lush, soft and round in texture, the finish is filled fresh, sweet, ripe, black and red berries with hints of spice, fennel and coffee. I'd give it another year or two before popping another bottle.

      91 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Probably fully mature, with a plum, black raspberry, smoke, herb and truffle filled character, the wine is soft, round and smooth delivering most of what it has to offer today.

      91 points - Tasted
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  11. 2001 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. In the sweet spot with floral, earth, spice, black cherry, truffle and fresh herbs in the nose. On the palate, the wine is silky, round and polished, ending with fresh, sweet, ripe, black raspberry, cherry, cocoa and spice.

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2000 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Minerality, coffee, black cherry, spice, floral and earthy aromas show this St. Emilion to be developing nicely. Lush, concentrated and round, the wine ends with black licorice and cherry liqueur flavors.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Licorice, blackberry, dark cherry, spice and fresh herb aromas is pleasing to smell. The wine is round, opulent and lush with ample fruit to keep you interested.

      93 points - Tasted
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  13. 1998 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. With 30 minutes of decanting, the floral notes were really singing, complicated by black raspberries, earth, smoke and mint. Medium bodied, fresh, elegantly textured, the sweet, pure, plum and cherry flavors are in full force. This is probably at full maturity and while there is no rush to drink it, I'm not sure more age is going to add much to the wine.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. If you have a bottle, pop a cork. It's in the sweet spot of its drinking window. There is no hurry, but the floral, fresh cherry, truffle, chocolate nose is a treat and the silky, soft, fresh plum and dark cherry finish really seal the deal.

      93 points - Tasted
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    3. With its earthy, black cherry nose, has resolved most of its tannins. The wine is full bodied, well structured, elegantly styled and ready to drink. Finishes with a note of chocolate covered black fruit.

      92 points - Tasted
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    4. Deep ruby in color, tobacco, truffle, blackberry, cherry, minerality, coffee and chocolate scents make up the perfume. In the mouth, the wine feels plush and ends with a sweet black cherry and coffee finish. Still young, this St. Emilion will improve for several more years.

      94 points - Tasted
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  14. 1995 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. As this wine edges closer to its 20th birthday, truffle, wet earth, cherries, tobacco and floral elements are in abundance. There is a bit of a tannic, firm, masculine edge in the plummy, spicy, black raspberry finish that remains part of the wines character.

      91 points - Tasted
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  15. 1990 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. This is ruby with tea color. Truffle, tobacco, black berries, fennel and fresh herbs aromas start the perfume. Elegant, silky textures and a round mouth feel , coupled with a finish filled with ripe, sweet strawberries make this fully mature, charming wine a treat to drink.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Blackberry with a hint of jammyness complicated with truffles, earth, cinnamon and chocolate. In the mouth, this full bodied wine displays ample freshness, gobs of sweet ripe and over ripe black fruit with a slight hint of prune that adds to the palate. Lush, rich and opulent, this mature wine offers finesse and sex appeal. At 20, this is showing great. While it might not improve, there is no hurry to drink well stored bottles. If the 90 is this good when little selection was employed, latter vintages are going to rock the house at the same age!

      94 points - Tasted
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  16. 1989 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. With an expressive nose packed with earth, smoke, floral, cherry, plum, tobacco and spice notes, this medium/full bodied, sensuously textured St. Emilion is fully mature. While there is no hurry to drink it, it's probably not going to improve much from here.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Truffle, spice, stewed black fruit, tar, and 5 spice aromatics. The wine, fully mature, ends with a mélange of red and black fruits in a soft, velvety style on the palate. Owners should drink this sooner than later, since the wine is slowly going to drop its fruit.

      90 points - Tasted
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  17. 1964 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. A muted nose of earth, tobacco, cherry, flowers, root beer and incense couples with a medium bodied, round textured, simple wine that finishes with licorice and earthy, black cherries. This is better on the palate than the nose. The wine began to fade after 30 minutes. Drink up. I am sure this wine has seen better days. That being said, large formats of this wine, could offer a nice experience if well stored.

      85 points - Tasted
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  18. 1961 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. This wine was filled with dark chocolate covered cherries, fennel bulb, fudge and espresso notes. This soft textured, fully mature st. Emilion wine finished with black cherries and tart strawberry flavors.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. A surprise. Deeply colored, this plummy, chocolate, truffle, fennel, earthy, spice filled wine offered ample thrills for your nose. In the mouth, this rich, concentrated wine seemed much younger than 5 decades. Concentrated, mouth filling and lush, this wine offered pleasure in every sip. I hope the 05 turns out this well when it hits 50!

      93 points - Tasted
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  19. 1955 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. From a perfectly stored bottle, tobacco, earth, forest floor, stone, flowers, cherries, smoke, spice and ash aromas were in full force. Medium/full bodied, with soft textures meshed with the patina of age, this fully mature Bordeaux wine ended with a melange of spicy cherry flavors. It's not often I get to experience wines that are close to 60 years old. It's always a special treat.

      90 points - Tasted
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  20. 1952 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

    1. Sweet ripe cherries, truffles, Cuban cigars, coffee, black pepper, crushed stone, spice and cherry blossoms made for a beautiful perfume. With textures of silk made even better with the patina of age, this delicious wine finished with notes of chocolate, plums, raisins and cherries. Regardless of the score, or the wine, it's always an honor and privilege to taste wines that are 60 years old. It seldom happens and it's always an experience to treasure.

      91 points - Tasted
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