2017 Canon-la-Gaffelière, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356615 94-95 points James Suckling

 This is really excellent for the vintage with wonderful density of fruit in terms of plum liqueur and creme de cassis. The palate’s plush but velvety with round tannins and a long finish. Should drink fabulously when young. So generous but silky and dialed-in.  (4/2018)

92-95 points Vinous

 The 2017 Canon La Gaffelière is superb. Compelling in its aromatics and overall balance, the 2017 has so much to offer. All the elements simply fall into place. As is the case with all of Stephan von Neipperg's wines, the 2017 is wonderfully fresh and nuanced, with less muscle than in the past and noticeably more finesse. Bright floral and mocha notes add lift to the dark red stone fruits. What a gorgeous wine this is. Tasted two times. (AG)  (5/2018)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 55% new French oak, the 2017 Canon-la-Gaffelière offers a Burgundian mineral-laced bouquet of crushed flowers, forest floor, earth and both black and blue fruits. It has sensational purity, moderate depth, building tannin, and a great finish. It’s certainly one of the fresher, more vibrant wines in the vintage, and the tannins will need to be watched, but its purity and elegance are something. I suspect the cellar will be your friend and it should be long-lived. 92-94+  (4/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Canon la Gaffeliere contains a large part of second-generation fruit because 65% of the crop was affected by frost. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has pronounced crème de cassis, blueberry pie, red currants and red plums notes with touches of Chinese five spice, fragrant earth, tapenade and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied with nice firm tannins giving a sturdy frame along with plenty of freshness supporting great mid-palate density, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 91-93+  (4/2018)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Charming cassis and blackberry puree flavors glide along the polished structure, with light rooibos tea and anise accents chiming in. Offers a bright, polished finish. (JM)  (4/2018)

90 points Decanter

 Dark plum in colour, with some tight dark chocolate and tar. It's tightly extracted and has a silky texture and tons of impact, but a lot of the weight comes from its non-fruit elements. It stays true to its signature, which is to be applauded, but the oak notes are extremely dominant. Certified organic since 2014. Drinking Window 2025-2038. (JA)  (4/2018)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2018 | Send Email
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So lush and lovely. It frosted on their lower vineyards and so only their hillside grapes used in the blend ! Precise and focused wine. Reminds me of the 1953 and 1962 I recently drank ! MUCH better than their 2015 and 2016. The low lying weaker grapes frosted.
Drink from 2022 to 2032

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- 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.


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Saint Emilion