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2000 Canon la Gaffeliere

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 94 WA
  • 91 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 45632-2000-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($90-$125) Moderately saturated ruby-red. Knockout superripe nose combines red- and blackcurrant, mocha, smoked meat and chocolatey torrefaction. Sweet and dense, but also lively and penetrating, with superb freshness of fruit for the vintage; showing little sign of its 13.5% alcohol. Pliant flavors of cherry, spice, tobacco and flowers. Finishes impressively long, with very fine tannins. Owner von Neipperg noted that most of the cabernet franc here was planted prior to 1953; a good bit of merlot was planted in 1969, with more going in in 1986.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2003
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Performing as I expected, but still several years away from full maturity, this extraordinarily flamboyant, full-bodied, opulent, sexy St. Emilion stood out for its backward structure and youthful personality. A dark plum/garnet hue is followed by a superb bouquet of roasted coffee, kirsch, blackberries, licorice, herbs, and forest floor. Full-bodied, dense, rich, and pure, it is a total hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on. Enjoy it over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Some brightness in the ruby. Quite a youthful, 'pointed', sharp nose without much development yet. Rich and sweet and with more than a hint of dark chocolate, this leaps up and down for attention. The acid and tannin are still a little jagged, in modern idiom. Very savoury finish. Firm and still on the way up.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    This has nice vibrancy still, with redder notes of raspberry, cherry and red currant stretching out over cocoa-dusted structure, while warm fruitcake and licorice flavors underline the finish. Not quite as dense as the top examples, but pretty tasty. -- 2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2020. 5,417 cases made.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Horms
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Tj R
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Really nice wine. Tannins have come together perfectly and this super ripe wine has a long finish with a subtle mid-palette.
    Author: JCashman
  • Self | Rating: 90

    This very darkly colored wine is raised in 90-100% new French oak each vintage. A tight clean nose. A touch liquide with hard tannins. Not as much of an effusive fruit blockbuster as in prior vintages.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2024
    Author: Daniel B
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1438 bottles owned
  • 220 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 220 collectors)