Château Canon La Gaffelière 2015

Special Price $118.95 Average US Price $133.00
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SKU
0804-2015

• Domaine: Château Canon La Gaffelière
• Appellation: Saint-Emilion
• Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

Château Canon La Gaffelière is the pride and joy of the well-respected von Neipperg family in Saint-Émilion. The estate was classified as a Saint-Émillion Premiere Grand Cru Classés Class B in 2012 after decades of hard work.  The wine of Château Canon La Gaffelière is powerful, complex and dense.  Since 2014, the scores of this property are on the steady climb, and these multi-layered, perfumed, richly concentrated wines are a worthy purchase for any oenophile who loves to experience the choicest offerings of Saint-Émilion.
 
Château Canon La Gaffelière initially had two separate names in the 19th Century.  The property was once known as Canon Boitard and La Gaffelière-Boitard.  The early owners decided to simplify things by combining the names and thus, Château Canon La Gaffelière was born.  The real history of the estate began when the Von Neipperg family purchased the property in 1971.  The von Neipperg family is a well-known German family of vignerons in the wine world.  They have been involved in viticulture for 800 years, making wine in Germany since the 13th Century.  The von Neippergs began to purchase land in Saint-Émilion in 1983 and devoted themselves to each property they acquired.  Terroir is the most important philosophy for this family of winemakers, and though each property they own subscribes to similar vinification and viticultural practices, the wines are all strikingly different.  Château Canon La Gaffelière is their main production while Château La Mondotte is their more coveted sister property due to the much smaller size.  They firmly believe if one shows respect to the land and vineyards, the wine will reflect that.  Clearly, they are doing something right.
 
The terroir at Château Canon La Gaffelière is a mixture of clay, sand and limestone soils that are signature to the Right Bank region.  It’s a bit warmer in this portion of Saint-Émilion, and the clay here is signature to retaining heat and assisting in ripening the vines.  The vineyards at Château Canon La Gaffelière are a mixture of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Though the von Neippergs acknowledge that Merlot is the star of the Right Bank, they also have a profound respect for Cabernet Franc and the layers it brings to the wines from this region.  This carries through in the grand vin of Château Canon La Gaffelière, for there is no shortage of complexity in this wine.
 
The viticultural practices over at Château Canon La Gaffelière are all about sustainable farming.  Here, organic compost is used with a mixture of regular ploughing  to help with aeration.  From some plots in Château Canon La Gaffelière, the legendary property Château Ausone can be seen.  The grapes are 100% Organically Certified, and some of the oldest vines on the property are 80 years old.  The grapes are harvested by hand, and the wine is vinified in a gravity flow winery. The wine of Château Canon La Gaffelière does require at least 10-15 years bottle ageing due to its complexity.  It needs that time to lay down and reveal the gorgeously floral secondary characteristics associated with this profound wine. 
 

Tasting Notes

''Composed of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in French oak, 55% new, for 17 months, the 2015 Canon la Gaffeliere features a deep garnet-purple color and a cedar-laced nose to begin, giving way to fragrant underlying scents of roses and violets with a core of crushed black currants, blackberries and Bing cherries plus hints of fallen leaves and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, the seductively perfumed red and black fruit fills the mouth, framed with plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing very long and minerally.'' Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (02/21/2018) Ratings: 97 Drink: 2023-2040

"The 2015 Canon la Gaffeliere is a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 19 September and 6 October at 37 hl/ha and matured in 55% new oak barrels. It has another "cool" bouquet, a common thread among Comte Stephan Von Neipperg's 2015s - very restrained at first, nicely focused and gradually revealing undergrowth and even a subtle charcoal scent (probably from the Cabernet Sauvignon). The palate is medium-bodied with black fruit laced with graphite and cedar, the Cabernet brothers really defining the character of this Saint Emilion and edging it towards say, more Figeac in style. This is a fascinating 2015, more cerebral than previous vintages that I have tasted over the years." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (4/27/2016, Issue 224), Ratings: 94, Drink: 2020-2045

''From an incredible terroir just outside the village of Saint-Emilion and a blend of 55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Chateau Canon-La-Gaffeliere is a beautiful, elegant, complex beauty readers should snatch up. Blueberries, violets/spring flowers, Asian spices, and a salty minerality all emerge from this full-bodied, yet elegant 2015 that has sweet tannin, a big mid-palate, and a great, great finish. Still tight and reserved, give bottle 3-5 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following two decades or more.'' Jeb Dunnuck, 2015 Bordeaux from Bottle (11/30/2017) Ratings: 95 Drink: 2021-2041


Special Announcement

2015 Château Canon La Gaffelière was ranked #2 on the 2018 Top 10 List by Wine Spectator magazine, after its 2014 vintage was ranked #7 on the 2017 Top 10 List by the same magazine.

The winemaker, Comte Stephan von Neipperg, also produces 3 other highly rated wines, 2 of which we have in stock, and the third one is available as 2017 futures. These are:

Clos de L'Oratoire 2015 (St-Emilion Grand Cru, $43.95)
Château d'Aiguilhe 2015 (Côte de Bordeaux Castillion, $26.95), and
Château La Mondotte 2017 futures (St-Emilion Grand Cru, $168.95).

We highly recommend all of M. von Neipperg's wines as they are equally well-made, approachable when young, yet with the potential to cellar for many years.


More Information
Stock Status Out of Stock
Appellation Saint-Emilion
Vintage 2015
Brand Château Canon La Gaffelière
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Saint-Émilion is one of the most prestigious wine appellations in the Bordeaux region of France, renowned for its exceptional red wines and rich viticultural history. Located on the Right Bank of the Dordogne River, Saint-Émilion is a place of great beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its remarkable blend of natural and cultural attributes. The Saint-Émilion appellation is characterized by a diverse terroir featuring a mix of limestone, clay, and sandy soils that provide the foundation for its distinctive wines. The unique microclimates and elevations within the appellation contribute to the variety of flavors and styles found in Saint-Émilion wines.

The primary grape varieties used in Saint-Émilion wines are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot often dominating the blends. These grapes thrive in the region's favorable climate, moderated by the proximity of the Dordogne River and the buffering effects of the limestone plateau.

Saint-Émilion is famous for its unique wine classification system, which divides the vineyards into four tiers: Premier Grand Cru Classé A, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, Grand Cru Classé, and Grand Cru. This classification reflects the quality and prestige of the individual vineyards and châteaux within the appellation, with only a select few achieving the highest ranking of Premier Grand Cru Classé A. Until the re-classification in 2022, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Ausone, Château Angelus, and Château Pavie were the only four members of the Premier Grand Cru Classé A tier. Out of disagreement with the standard-setting governing body, Cheval Blanc and Ausone voluntarily dropped out. Angelus followed suit shortly after. With Pavie remaining the only member, Premier Grand Cru Classé A saw the addition of Château Figeac following a long-expected and well-deserved promotion.

Saint-Émilion wines are known for their finesse, complex aromas, and beautiful balance of fruit, tannins, and acidity. While they share some similarities with wines from the neighboring Pomerol appellation, they often have a slightly more structured and tannic character due to the higher proportion of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the blends. With age, these wines develop a velvety texture and reveal an array of flavors, including dark fruits, floral notes, and hints of earthiness.

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