2013 Canon-La-Gaffelière, St-Emilion

SKU #1263758 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a warm, rich wine with spicy black-fruit flavors. Touches of coffee have come through with the wood aging. Bright acidity gives a touch of freshness to the firm tannins at the end. Drink this generous, while still serious wine from 2020. (RV)  (3/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 A soft and silky Canon la Gaffeliere with chocolate, berry, and light mineral undertones. Medium body, juicy finish. Drink or hold.  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and fleshy in feel, with plum and cherry reduction notes coating the tongue, while flickers of licorice, fruitcake and singed cinnamon fill in along the edges. The grip is polished and well-embedded. Beautifully done, in the modern style. Best from 2018 through 2025. (JM)  (3/2016)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Sexy notes of violets and cinnamon complicate blackcurrant and cedar on the knockout nose. Fresh and juicy but the red and dark berry flavors turn a little austere at the back. Finishes fresh and long, with rising, mouthcoating tannins, above-average density, and lingering hints of aromatic leafiness and lead pencil. (IDA)  (6/2014)

88-91 points Vinous

 The 2013 Canon La Gaffelière shows lovely energy and length, although it could use a bit more mid-palate. Sweet spices, plums, graphite and smoke emerge, but only with great reluctance. Today it is the wine's length that impresses most, but time will tell if all the elements fully come together. The 2013 is a model of precision and class. The blend is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is to say a little less Franc than is typical. Yields are just 10 hectoliters per hectare. (AG)  (4/2014)

87-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Production was down to one-third of what they produced in 2012, as only 2,000+ cases came out of this 30-acre vineyard from the clay and limestone soils at the bottom of the foothills of St.-Emilion. The final blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet France and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from proprietor Stephan von Neipperg achieved 12.85% natural alcohol. Plenty of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, tobacco leaf, and red and blackcurrants are present in this soft, easygoing, fruity wine that will be charming and ideal for drinking in its first 7-8 years of life. (RP)  (8/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Modern, unblemished fruit on the nose. Lovely purity, smooth yet firm tannin that will support mid-term bottle maturation. For a challenging vintage, this captures great fruit quality and has admirable structure - drinkable now but with ample potential. 17/20 points. (RH)  (11/2015)

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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 M├ędoc 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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Saint Emilion