About Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2019 St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru
Chateau Canon La Gaffelire is a Grand Cru Class of Saint-Emilion. Its 47 acre vineyard is located on the southern part of the lower slopes surrounding the historical and picturesque town of Saint-Emilion. For the past twenty years it has produced some of the most admired wines of the region, sumptuous and yet elegant.
With eight centuries of wine-growing tradition, it now has Comte Stephan von Neipperg at the helm. The Comtes von Neipperg is a dedicated and innovative wine producer who has been at the forefront of the renewal of Saint-Emilion wines since the 1980s. His properties have gained wide spread praise and up to 100 point scores with the help of consultant Stphane Derenoncourt.
The vines at Canon La Gaffeliere have undergone a slow replanting but still average a mature 45 years of age. A unique feature of the wine here is the unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc. While most St. Emilions are 70% Merlot, this 2019 is 49% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Franc, and12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate's warm soil with a high clay content is perfectly suited to the ripening of Cab Franc. Merlot contributes roundness and opulence while the high percentage of Cabernet Franc accounts for an exquisite bouquet with spicy, floral overtones, as well as power and aromatic complexity.
Jeb Dunnuck scored this 97 points saying "The 2019 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière is another brilliantly perfumed wine in the vintage that shines for its complexity, finesse, and nuances. Giving up awesome notes of red and black currants, tobacco, exotic flowers, cedarwood, and loamy earth, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully polished, integrated tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. This is serious juice that warrants at least 4-5 years of bottle age and will evolve for 30 to 40 years. Best after 2026."
James Suckling scored this 96 points saying "Blackberry, chocolate and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s medium-to full-bodied with polished, juicy tannins that give a dusty texture to the intense, rich finish. A traditional, classically structured and styled red."
The Wine Advocate scored the barrel sample 95-96 saying "The 2019 Canon la Gaffelière has turned out brilliantly, bursting from the glass with a dramatic bouquet of wild berries, blood orange, exotic spices, rose petals, violets and burning embers. Full-bodied, ample and layered, it's supple and perfumed, with a deep core of lively fruit, melting tannins and a long, saline finish. This contains the highest proportion of Cabernet Franc of any of Stephan Von Neipperg's wines, which no doubt helps to account for its singular personality. Best after 2025."
Decanter scored the barrel sample 95 points saying "I love the balance on display here, of powerful and softly whispering fruits, a tightrope of acidity and tannins giving structure. Great stuff, with the impact of 2018 but more freshness, although still with the signature glamour of a Neipperg wine in full flight."
Wine Spectator scored this 94 points saying "Pepper, bay and roasted tobacco notes give this a distinct persona out of the gate, while sous bois and mulled plum, black currant and black cherry fruit flavors fill in behind. Singed juniper and alder hints add form through the finish. Serious kudos for its range and character, but may be a touch too old school for some folks. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2024."