2011 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090825 90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Exhibits very pretty red currant, violet and red licorice notes, with a sleek, mineral-tinged finish. This is also sneakily long, relying more on purity than power. This could move up if it puts on weight.  (4/ 2012)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From the flagship estate of visionary Stephan von Neipperg, I noticed some sample variations on the four occasions I had this wine. Cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare with a final blend of 60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is generally a fruit-forward style of wine with an exotic, perfumed personality. The 2011 reveals a soft, sexy style with lots of Christmas fruitcake notes intermixed with cedarwood, spice box, black currants and kirsch. Fleshy and fat with impressive purity, texture and length, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-14 years.  (4/ 2012)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (5/ 2014)

90-91 points James Suckling

 Racy and fine with a lovely pure fruit. The Cabernet Franc in this is really coming through. Minerally and fine. Pretty wine. 60% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.  (4/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 32% Cabernet Franc (some planted prior to 1953), 60% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. 80% new oak but it doesn't overwhelm. Lovely aroma. Chocolate over Cabernet Franc freshness. Some oaky char but fluid freshness in the mouth. Fine, fine dense tannins. Violet notes. 17/20 points.  (4/ 2012)

K&L Notes

*+ 60% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc. Lovely entry, spicy and sweet fruit flavors. Great mid-palate. Superb. RS: Elegant, crisp red fruits, violets and roses. A little dusty, with a touch of grip.

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