1996 Canon la Gaffeliere 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion | Grand Cru Classe/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Canon la Gaffeliere

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International Wine Cellar | 90

Superb dark ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of black raspberry, cassis and smoke. Lush, layered and sweet; already shows compelling inner-mouth flavor, surprising in light of the 3.6 pH, which is lower than normal for this wine. Still, the acids are harmonious and ripe. Longer and sweeter on the back end than the '97. Tannins are dense and mouthcoating but thoroughly ripe.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 90

This is one of St.-Emilion's most impressively constituted and expressive wines. From its saturated purple color, to its soaring aromatics (pain grille, jammy black fruits, chocolate, roasted coffee, and smoke), this full-bodied, meaty, chewy, powerful wine is loaded with extract, sweet tannin for the vintage, and possesses a layered, multidimensional finish. It should continue to improve for a decade, and drink well for 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | 89

Just coming around, with tobacco, vanilla, berry and earth aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a medium finish. Slightly hollow midpalate.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Score: 89
Author: Bruce Lam
Trust Rating: 88
Tasted On: 05/05/2011
Score: 88
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/23/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Decanted for two hours. Just now entering its drinking window. Rather tight and tannic. Plums; vegetal; fine, velvety tannins; a bit of funk on the nose, but not offensive. A more "feminine" style. Good cut - paired well with rib roast. Will continue to age for at least 10 years.
Score: 90
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/18/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2019
Fine wine - good for everyday. Deep color & unique taste
More Vintages and Sizes of Canon la Gaffeliere:

2000 (750ml)
1990 (750ml)

About This Producer


A Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Canon-La-Gaffeliere is located in the center of the St. Emilion appellation. Thanks to its location, it gets the climate of both St.Emilion and Pomerol, which means that it is more continental than the maritime Medoc. The name of the vineyard derives from the medieval word for "leper" which reflects the leprosarium that was located there during the 14th century. After much of the property was replanted in the 1950s, the Neipperg family purchased it in 1971. As a result of the efforts of Comte Stephan von Neipperg, the chateau received recognition from the likes of Robert Parker, who cited it as one of the most significantly improved wines over the last few years. The composition of the 19.5 hectares of vineyards is 55% Merlot 55%, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. While the vinification methods are traditional, they do practice "micro-oxygenation," in which oxygen particles are pumped through the wine to enhance its color. This man-made practice is an interesting contrast to their philosophy of bio-dynamism in the vineyard.

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