2011 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Offers a deliciously mouthwatering range of red currant, damson plum, blackberry and loganberry fruit, spiced with hints of black tea and cinnamon and backed by a long, briary, fine-grained finish. A sleek, refined wine that should age well. Best from 2016 through 2028.
This is very refined and pretty for the vintage with plum, berry and light chocolate character. It’s almost Burgundian in texture and weight. Shows the finesse of the cabernet franc in the blend. Very fine indeed. Try in 2017.
Great juicy black fruits shine through this rich and complex wine that shows considerable style. The aftertaste is full of fresher acidity and juicy berry fruits. Drink from 2017.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Probably the flagship estate of visionary Stephan von Neipperg, the 2011 Canon La Gaffeliere is less exotic and open-knit than usual, but it exhibits beautiful notes of black currants, licorice, camphor and forest floor. A burgeoning complexity as well as medium to full body and well-integrated wood are found in this pure beauty. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. (RP)
Juicy, fragrant, characterful - really expressive with charming structure and just the right amount of oak influence. Masterful stuff - really feathery tannin, great texture. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2014 to 2024