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

SKU #1066785 96 points Wine Spectator

 *#2 on Top 100 Wines of 2013* 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 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This wine shows wonderfully exotic tapenade, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, cedar wood, blackberry and sweet cherry notes in its strikingly provocative aromatics. On the palate, the wine is dense and full-bodied, with stunning concentration, purity, texture and length. It is full-bodied, silky smooth and seems to have more in common with the 2009 than one might expect, although the freshness and tannin levels are slightly more elevated. Drink it over the next 20+ years.  (2/ 2013)

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 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright ruby-red. Expressive aromas of black raspberry, cassis, licorice, caramel and smoky oak are complicated by leather and game nuances. Large-scaled, rich and sweet but with harmonious acidity giving shape to the broad black and blue fruit flavors. Finishes rich and long, with surprising lift and plush, sweet tannins that reach the incisors. This is pure and balanced from the start and should age gracefully for a couple decades.  (8/ 2013)

K&L Notes

55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. "An absolutely spectacular success once again from proprietor Stephan von Niepperg," notes Robert Parker. "Gilles Pauquet is the consultant and has done an exemplary job with this particular estate." (02/2013)

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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:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion