2006 Canon-La Gaffelière, St-Emilion
93 points Wine Spectator: "Shows black truffle, blackberry and tea leaf on the nose. Full-bodied, with extremely well-integrated tannins and a racy, velvety-textured finish. A beauty for the vintage. Best after 2014." (03/09) 93 points Wine Enthusiast and 92 points Robert Parker: "Stephan von Neipperg's splendid 50-acre vineyard on clay and limestone soils has once again produced a beautifully ripe, concentrated, textured, sensual wine of both power and elegance. The 2006, an unfined, unfiltered blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, reveals sweet aromas of fruitcake, cassis, black cherries, roasted herbs, cedar, and spice box. This pure, textured, forward beauty should drink well for 12-15+ years." (02/09) 92 points Tanzer: "Bright medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose combines blackberry, violet, tobacco leaf, licorice and cedar. Dense, lush, sweet and fine-grained, with a wonderfully pliant, silky texture devoid of rough edges. Utterly seamless, savory wine but with no shortage of vinosity or energy. Finishes suave and very long." Tons of red fruit flavors on the palate. Very elegant. Fresh-rich and fully integrated tannins. Not quite to 2005 standards. *1/2+ RS: Just pure elegant red berry fruit, superbly balanced, honest expression. Hard to ignore the great winemaking from Stephane Von Neipperg.