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Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

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2018 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Full-bodied, graceful and sensuous, this wine is packed with layers of luscious fruits. The purity of the berries stands out this year, as does the length, density and energy. In the finish you will find velvety plums, cherries, licorice, chocolate and spice. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14% alcohol, the harvest took place September 17 to October 4. 95-97 Pts

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2017 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

The nose is chalky with dark berries, licorice, wet earth and forest floor aromatics. The wine is full bodied, fresh and mineral driven. You can feel the rocks and stones while enjoying the sweet red fruits and there is a freshness that stands out in the finish. The wine was made from blending 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Half of the vineyard was struck by the frost. The harvest took place September 18-October 10.

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2016 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

A super wine combining concentration, elegance, silky tannins and an array of floral, stone, cherry, plum, espresso, licorice and smoky essences. Give this at least a decade before popping a cork and enjoy it for the next 20 years after that.

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Hitting the top range of my projected score, this gorgeous wine pops with its melange of flowers, plums, cherry, licorice, wet earth and smoke. The wine offers elegance, concentration, freshness and length. It is however the purity in the fruit, coupled with its silky textures that steals the show! With 8-10 years in the cellar, this is going to be a wine you're going to be thrilled to open.

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Certainly a contender for the best wine ever produced at the property, and that is saying something, considering how many good vintages have been made since 1998. The wine is fresh, vibrant and floral, the fruits are ripe, sweet and pure, the finish is pure silk and velvet.

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With silky tannins, the wine feels like velvet. The black juicy plums, smoke, espresso, stone and salty mineral characteristics really shine through. There is concentration, complexity and length, offering purity of fruit and sensuous palate teasing textures. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.6. The harvest took place September 26 to October 15

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2015 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

Silky, lush and polished, with intense florality, the fruit is soft and polished with length and purity. The wine is richly textured and complex, leaving you with an opulent, sensuous, long, expansive finish that has the ability to age for decades.

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Opulent in nature, the wine offers up its nose of fresh flowers, truffle smoke, plum and cherry, simply for the asking. On the palate, the fireworks kick in. Deeply concentrated, it takes only a sip to discover the sexy, sensuous nature of things here. The fruit is perfectly ripe, sweet and multi layered. The finish goes on for more than 40 seconds. This is the best wine I have ever tasted from Canon La Gaffeliere.

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Deeply concentrated, the wine has this sexy, sensuous nature, with supple, plush tannins and richness that lets you know this is quite special. This will easily score at the top of the range once in bottle.

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Deeply concentrated color leads to a serious escalation of flavor combined with sleek, silky tannins and a saline minerality. There is a dance of freshness, length and depth in the long, spicy finish. On the palate, this wine is soft yet vibrant with a fresh, sweet, black cherry and red licorice finish. Made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.65.

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2014 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Fresh, flowery, elegant, refined and with a beautiful, purity of fruit, freshness, silky textures and length in its, ripe, sweet, dark, red berry fruit, filled finish. This should age quite nicely.

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Distinctive floral scents with ripe, black raspberry and plum notes are found in the perfume. On the palate, this wine is soft yet vibrant with a fresh, sweet, black cherry and red licorice finish. Made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.58. 93-94 Pts

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2013 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Medium bodied, and ready to go, the wine can easily be described as gentle, with soft tannins and fresh, red fruits, there was a touch of olive and herbs in the finish, which will probably be exacerbated with age. So, drink this young and enjoy it for what it is, because it is not going to get better.

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With aromatics kicking off with boysenberries, cherries, licorice, smoke and flowers, the wine is medium bodied, soft, forward and elegantly styled, finishing with sweet red cherries on the palate.

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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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2012 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Floral, truffle, licorice, cocoa and blackberries on the nose. The wine is full bodied and concentrated, with round, silky textures and sweet, fresh, ripe dark berries in the finish. Still young, 5-8 years will add a lot of complexity and more softness to the wine.

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Lush, polished, earthy and supple, with loads of floral notes, licorice, earth, spice and fresh, dark red berries. The wine is long, fresh and lingers on the palate.

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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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2011 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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

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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.

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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

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2010 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

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.

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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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2010 Canon La Gaffeliere is the product of low yields that were only 28 hecoliters per hectare. The wine was 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

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2009 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

The wine continues picking up steam, intensity and complexity as it ages. Now you find the flowers, truffles, sweet red fruits, wet earth and thyme with ease. Silky, soft and fresh, with loads of ripe, deep red fruits in the finish, if you have been waiting to check this gem out, pop a cork and enjoy it in its youth. Though, it is only going to get better from here.

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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.

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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.

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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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2008 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

This is really starting to show nicely, the floral notes, wet earth, array of juicy, sweet plums and minerality is starting to poke its head through. Softly textured, with silky tannins and freshness and a stellar, fruit and truffle filled finish are what you find here.

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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.

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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

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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

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2007 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

A solid effort in a difficult vintage, the wine is elegant, fresh, softly textured and medium bodied with an air of truffle, flowers, dark cherry and plums. The tannins have melted into the fabric of the wine, made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2006 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Concentrated with dark, red berries, floral, plum, earth, smoke, espresso and licorice accents, the wine is round, sweet, ripe, fresh and just starting to hit its stride. Another few years and this should be even better.

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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.

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2005 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

This best showing yet for this voluptuous, black cherry, licorice, truffle and earth stained wine. Silky, suave and with room to improve, you ca drink it now, or age it for more complexity and additional velvety textures. The wine was made from a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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.

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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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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.

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2004 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Floral, cigar, fresh cherry blossom and tobacco on the nose get your focus. With a nice polish to the tannins with fresh plum and cocoa, this is drinking in the sweet spot.

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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.

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2003 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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2001 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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2000 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Soft, silky, smooth and complex, with its ripe, fresh, sweet, plums and cherry notes coupled with licorice, truffle and hints of flowers. This is ready to drink, yet there is no rush to pop a cork. Drink now, or wait a while, either way, you'll be happy.

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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.

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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.

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1999 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Medium/full bodied, fresh, crisp red fruit, licorice, herbs, and floral notes are easy to find. Soft, silky and fresh, with a bright, red berry and dark cherry finish. This is fully developed and ready for prime time drinking.

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1998 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Probably fully mature, and at 20, that is right on target. On the nose, the wine offers roses, cigar wrapper, plum, cherry, smoke and herbs. Round, soft and lush, there is a minor hint of green in the otherwise, fruit and earth filled finish. Popped and poured, the wine was close to its apogee from start to finish.

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Fully mature, medium/full bodied, with a complex array of licorice, truffle, flowers and black cherries in the nose, the wine is smooth, soft and easy to drink. There is no real rush to drink it, but at close to 15, there is no need to age it further either.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1995 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

In the style, typical of the vintage, the tannins are strict, which does not help the bright, crisp, red berries in the finish. I like the wine more for the earthy, cherry and truffle nose, than on the stern palate.

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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.

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1990 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

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.

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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!

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1989 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

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.

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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.

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1964 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Better than my previous bottle, this is still delivering the goods. There is a fabulous, menthol note that accompanies all the plums, truffle, earth, herbs and leafy scents. The wine improved in the glass. After 30-45 minutes, a general softening induced silky textures on the finesse-styled, spicy, earthy, cherry finish. I would not decant this. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle, or can find one in good condition, just pop and pour.

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Much better than my previous bottle from the same case, the complex perfume truffle, black cherry liqueur, thyme, forest floor, spearmint and wet earth was really singing. The vibrant wine is soft, with just slightly jagged edges to the texture, finishing with a blast of juicy, ripe plum and licorice notes.

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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.

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1961 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Fully mature, this bottle was in perfect shape. Quite floral, with red fruits and wet earth, the wine was silky in texture, sexy and fresh. If the finish was longer, this would really rock.

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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.

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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!

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1959 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Aged decadence. Still delivering sensuously textured dark plums, with silky tannins to boot, the earthy, truffle, leaf, tobacco and forest nuances added to the experience. Tasting this beauty just a few months before its 60th birthday was a treat as well as a revelation.

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Silky, and with that sensational patina of age that only comes from decades in the cellar, this medium bodied, fully mature beauty had a wonderful, earthy bouquet, polished, soft core of ripe, sweet fruits in the middle and elegance blended with sensuous textures in the finish.

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1958 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 75

Light, earthy, tobacco and forest notes with just a whisp or red plums on the nose and palate. Bright, crisp earthy, red berries finish up the experience. Probably past its prime, but there is still some charm here for those needing a birth year wine.

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1957 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 82

Rose tea in color, the wine is bright, leafy, crisp, earthy and fresh, with red fruits that are coated with tobacco. Charming in an old school manner, the wine is soft, and short in the earthy, tobacco and red plum finish.

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1955 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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.

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1952 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Hanging in there with its tobacco, wet earth, stone, truffle and red cherry character, the wine is medium bodied, a little bit rustic and gritty, leaving you with an earthy plum finish. This is fully mature and requires consumption.

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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.

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1950 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

WOW! Right from the start, it was obvious this was going to be a stellar experience. The wine opens with a complex array of nuances including spice, smoke, wet earth, forest leaf, thyme, tobacco leaf and roasted cherries. The patina of age has added a sensuous, supple essence to the texture that carries through to the polished, silky, high pitched, cherry finish.

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