2003 - Ch Canon-La-Gaffelière Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06A3CALG _ 2003 - Ch Canon-La-Gaffelière Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2008 - 2016
Case size
12x75cl
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2003 CH CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2008 - 2016
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,052.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDHA

    Goedhuis, April 2004

    Now firmly established as one of St Emilion's leading Chateaux under the attentive ownership of Count Stefan von Niepperg, Canon la Gaffeliere is enjoying a golden age. We rate this 2003 very highly indeed. Tasting it is confusing since it tastes like Pinot Noir such is its appeal and richness of silky fruit. But this is very serious St Emilion indeed. This is probably due to the 45% Cabernet Franc, which was exquisitely ripe and added some restraint and class to the super-ripe Merlot.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 89

    One of St.-Emilion's most consistently high quality estates, particularly since the late 1980s,this 50-acre estate is situated on clay and limestone soils in the appellation's southern sector.The vineyard consists of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Performing slightly better from bottle than it did from cask, the 2003 is a soft, relatively evolved style of wine. Up-front and forward, with a complex, perfumed (smoke, incense, fruitcake) style, it offers creme de cassis, cherry, plum, fig, incense, and cedar characteristics on the palate. The round, opulent attack quickly fades in the finish. Nevertheless, it possesses plenty of appeal, and is the most accessible Canon-La-Gaffeliere I have tasted. Drink: Now-2016

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2005,
    Score: 87-89

    While this vineyard's position on the lower, more alluvial, sandier slopes of St.-Emilion was notideal given the year's weather conditions, the 2003 turned out reasonably well, but not at thelevel of the top vintages. This lighter-style, seductive, charming effort is essentially superficial and lacks depth. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by sweet plum, fig, and berry fruit characteristics interwoven with hints of herbs and forest floor. Drink this medium-bodied, round, pretty 2003 over the next 8-10 years. Drink: Now-2015

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2004,
    Score: 92-94

    This shows a wonderful blackberry and spice character with hints of mineral. Full-bodied attack, with very good fruit and strong yet fine tannins. Finishes slightly hollow.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2004

    Wonderfully poised with great purity of fruit. Deep colour. Honest, fresh, floral nose (55% Cabernet Franc in the blend). Smooth, suave texture with good middle fruit, ripe tannins and persistent, linear line. Almost Burgundian quality about the fruit. Drink: 2010-2020

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Producer

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière

Since the 1980s, Château Canon-La-Gaffelière has been owned by the dapper and über friendly, Count Stephan von Neipperg. With the help of consulting oenologist, Stéphane Derenoncourt, they have transformed Canon-La-Gaffelière into one of the most sought after properties on the Right Bank.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.