2020 - Ch Canon-La-Gaffelière Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06C0CALG6PK _ 2020 - Ch Canon-La-Gaffelière Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur

2020 CH CANON-LA-GAFFELIÈRE GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2026 - 2045
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £327.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2020 Canon-la-Gaffelière is beautifully defined on the nose, featuring lavish black cherries, boysenberry, tobacco and cracked black pepper aromas. This is endowed with impressive precision and the oak is very well integrated. The medium-bodied palate delivers sappy black fruit, fine balance and poise and a lightly spiced, edgy, almost citrus-like finish. Packed to the rafters with vim and vigor, this is a superb Saint-Émilion. Drink 2028 - 2045

  • DC

    Decanter, May 2021,
    Score: 94

    Concentrated and intense, with juicy liquorice and blackberry flavours dominant on the attack. This is an excellent wine showing beautiful tension with slate and crushed stone texture. Chocolate shavings, bitter and intense, give a kick on the finish. Even better after 24 hours of opening, which is an extremely good sign for an en primeur sample. A yield of 32.5hl/ha. 50% new oak. Drink 2027-2044 (JA)

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 94-96+

    The 2020 Canon La Gaffelière is a strict, severe wine, almost unnaturally so. At this stage, the 2020 is all acid and tannin, and yet behind that lies a vibrant core of fruit. The big Franc aromatics, often such a signature, are nowhere to be found. Inky red berry fruit, blood orange, spice and star anise emerge with a bit of coaxing, all framed by a spine of serious tannins that are at once incisive and well-balanced. Readers should plan on being patient, as the 2020 is going to need years to come around. Despite its reticence, the 2020 appears to have significant potential down the line. Drink 2032 - 2050

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, May 2021,
    Score: 92-94

    55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon Striking red fruit aromas, with hints of pomegranate and cranberry reflecting the cabernet franc personality in this wine. A lovely uplifting freshness mingles perfectly with its feeling of sappy tension. Extremely controlled, less flamboyant than some estates, its charm is it purity and subtle refinement and has all the balance to be a long term keeper.

  • WCI

    Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    The strong floral character is what you initially notice. From there you find mint, herbs, spice, smoke, tobacco and red berries on the nose. The wine shows a beautiful, vibrancy, with silky, elegant, flamboyant textures on the palate with a touch of chalk in the endnote. The wine lingers on the palate with all its ripe, sweet, plums and cherries in the finish. Blending 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Franc, if you can wait at least 5-7 years before pulling a cork, this is going to offer superb drinking for 20-25 years after that. 95-97

  • JD

    Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
    Score: 95-97

    Lots of blue fruits, leafy herbs, chocolate, and earthy goodness emerge from the 2020 Château Canon-La-Gaffeliere, a medium to full-bodied, dense, focused, elegant Saint-Emilion that needs plenty of air to show at its best. The purity of fruit is remarkable, and while it starts out tight and focused, it blossoms with air, showing a more expansive, layered, rich yet still fresh texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a thrilling Saint-Emilion readers should snatch up.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, May 2021,
    Score: 18+

    I sometimes find Canon-La-Gaffelière a little too oaky and also a little too tannic in its youth but this 2020 is perfectly balanced and while the percentage of new oak remains the same, the alcohol in this vintage is lower than normal and the concentration of the fruit flavours is deliciously heightened. This is a stunning wine with a very attractive perfume and a complex palate and it is finishes with a discreet, minty flourish that freshens the tannins and lifts back end of this wine making it all the more enticing.

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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.