2009 chateau canon la gaffeliere premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru
Why We're Buying
Château Canon's owner, Joseph-Hubert von Neipperg, has always been a trailblazer. He's pioneered winemaking techniques like micro-oxygenation that enable a more authentic expression of terroir. The tireless tinkering is one reason why his Château Canon-la-Gaffelière remains as timeless as it did when von Neipperg purchased the estate in 1971.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An intriguing blend of nearly 50% Merlot, a whopping 35% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon (a somewhat unusual combination for this region), the 2009 reminds me of the 1990. A big, inky/purple-tinged wine with just over 14% natural alcohol, it exhibits exotic, flamboyant aromas of espresso roast, incense, sweet black cherries, black currants, licorice, asphalt, barbecue smoke, Christmas fruitcake and herbs. Full-bodied with silky tannins, luscious fruit, a hedonistic yet complex personality, low acidity, noticeable tannin and enviable purity, this head-turning beauty can be enjoyed over the next 15-20 years.