chateau canon la gaffeliere premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2016
DECANTER
93
WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

2016 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.

Critics Scores

DECANTER
93

Decanter

Another successful wine in St-Émilion, with the signature of careful extraction. Well-brushed black fruits and a lovely push-and-pull effect between supple tannins, rich fruits and fresh acidity. Certified organic since the 2014 vintage. Drinking Window 2027 - 2045

WINE ENTHUSIAST
95

Wine Enthusiast

Bold tannins, rich fruit and good acidity combine in a wine that is powerful while always fresh. With acidity and stylish black-currant flavors, the wine’s fruitiness comes through the tannins, finishing with a juicy, perfumed aftertaste. Drink from 2025.

CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE
91

Connoisseurs' Guide

Leading with a lovely, slightly sweet nose of red cherries and hardwoods and showing both a certain degree of elegance as well as an augmented sense of continuing fruity richness in its fairly bright and lively young flavors, this rich and yet decidedly graceful wine is predisposed more to polish than power. That said, it is no shrinking violet and has energy to spare as well as the silky, very fine tannins to warrant at least another five to eight years of keeping.

JEB DUNNUCK
95

Jeb Dunnuck

One of the most elegant and seamless wines in the vintage is the 2016 Canon-la-Gaffelière, a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 60% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied beauty has brilliant minerality as well as tons of cassis fruits, notions of spice box, cedarwood, licorice, and dried earth, silky tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. It shows the purity and elegance of the vintage to a T. Drink this fabulous Saint-Emilion any time over the coming 20+ years.

VINOUS
96

Vinous

The 2016 Canon La Gaffelière is just as striking from bottle as it was from barrel. Bright, intensely aromatic and precise, the 2016 has it all. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange and rose petal all race through this silky, super-expressive Saint-Émilion. In 2016, Canon La Gaffelière is especially polished, refined and nuanced, which means also less overly powerful than in the past. It was compelling both times I tasted it from bottle.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (vines organically certified) picked from 26 September to 15 October and matured in 60% new oak. The yield is 42 hectoliters per hectare. This offers one of the most cerebral aromatics that I have encountered from this Saint Emilion estate: mineral-rich red and black fruit, quite edgy, almost flinty in style. I adore the focus of these aromas that are wired directly into the olfactory senses. The palate is very well balanced and governed by the Cabernet component. The black fruit is lifted by some lovely graphite notes that lend it a very Left Bank-like personality. It is fresh, taut and linear with a very persistent finish. Unlike other vintages of Canon la Gaffelière, I feel that this will require four to five years in bottle. As good as the 2015 last year, it might even surpass it.

JAMES SUCKLING
96

James Suckling

The aromas are very complex with sweet tobacco, black truffles, blueberries and blackberries. Subtle. Menthol, too. Full-bodied yet so elegant. Structure with finesse and purity. The tannins are melted in the wine. Fabulous young wine. Try tasting it from 2023.

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

This delivers a very fresh, juicy ball of red and black currant preserve flavors laced liberally with bramble, roasted apple wood and sweet tobacco notes. Shows terrific purity, energy and drive, with a piercing echo of minerality through the mouthwatering finish. Best from 2022 through 2038.