2008 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1047705

93 points Wine Spectator and #95 in Top 100 Wines of 2011: "Dense and ripe, with flashes of black Mission fig, Turkish coffee and roasted apple wood flavors running through the dense core of plum sauce, black licorice and currant paste. The long finish has ample depth and grip, with a singe of black tea. A very classy wine. Best from 2013 through 2019." (04/11) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine shows both rich density and structure. It gives weight while remaining stylish. The delicious black berry fruits on the finish characterize a wine that is classic balancing fruit and tannins." (04/11) 91-93 points Robert Parker: "One of the most consistently high quality offerings from both St.-Emilion and Bordeaux, proprietor Stefan von Neipperg, working with consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, always seems to deliver a beautifully opulent, complex claret that can be drunk young or cellared for 15+ years...The 2008, a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits a big, sweet nose of roasted herbs, sweet black currants and cherries, licorice, incense, and Christmas fruitcake. Deep, concentrated fruit, full-bodied opulence, beautiful purity, sweet tannins, and fresh acids give this wine a stunning precision as well as amazing depth (because of the low yields). It should drink well for 15+ years." (04/09) Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2009 | Send Email
2008 Vintage Report: *+ Black color. Tight on the nose. Big entry on the palate. Tons of rounded tannins that soften when decanted. Long on the palate. (06/09)

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