2010 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)
This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035.
This is tight and powerful. Solid frame of fruit and tannins. Curious about this. Like the 2009. This is 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. $$
A big, bold, ripe wine with firm tannins and dark, solid fruits. The wine has acidity coming from the black currant flavors. Continuing the impressive quality of wines from La Gaffelière, it has weight and a rich feel to it, along with a tight, mineral final texture. This is a wine that is elegant as well as powerful.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the first to work with the now famous Stephane Derenoncourt, proprietor Stephan von Neipperg continues to fashion some of the most consistently outstanding wines in Bordeaux. This 2010, a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon made from tiny yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare, achieved 14.5% natural alcohol – perhaps the highest Canon La Gaffeliere has ever achieved. Dense, sweet, open-knit black cherry, licorice, incense and cassis aromas soar from the glass of this opaque purple-colored offering. Full-bodied, pure and undeniably sexy yet larger-scaled than normal, this beautiful wine should drink well for 15 or more years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(55% merlot, 35% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon; 70% new oak) Medium-dark ruby-red. Spicy, perfumed aromas of superripe red cherry and plum lifted by a floral nuance. Sweet, supple and easygoing, with delicate red fruit flavors framed by harmonious acidity, which gives verve to the long, smooth finish.
55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.