2010 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066786 96 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2013)

94-95 points James Suckling

 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. $$  (4/ 2011)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (3/ 2013)

92-94 points 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.  (5/ 2011)

88-91 points 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.  (5/ 2011)

K&L Notes

55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Crème de cassis, spice, plum and kirsch. Good extraction and layers of complexity. Lots going on here. ***1/2. At UGC: Loads of black fruit, deep and rich, with a palate that unfolds with layers of dark fruit, coffee, exotic herbs and toasty mocha notes. This is as smooth as silk with good structure. Wow! Yum.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2013  | Send Email
Thick, blood red fruit. **

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/25/2012  | Send Email
*½ The 2010 had a pH of 3.55-it's normally 3.80! Violet and clove aromas follow to the palate. Toasty nuances and a lingering finish.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion