2018 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (St-Emilion)

55% Merlot/35% Cabernet Franc/10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Super juicy, with an intensity of fruit that has more in common with what one typically might expect in a fine Californian wine than St-Emilion. But there is a lift to it as well that keeps it fresh. Very primary at the moment. (NT 23/04/19)
St-Emilion, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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94 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 16.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
94-96 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
95-98 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Chris Kissack

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Jane Anson

Owner Stephan von Neipperg always gives a little kick to his wines, a little swirl of oak finesse, a nod in the direction of glamour without going overboard. This gets the balance pretty much perfect, and although you can feel the ripeness of those red fruits, it`s balanced by the minerality through the finish that asks you to stop, scrape your way up the limestone walls and rest at the top for the view. Good quality. Harvest ran from 19 September to 4 October, with a yield of 35hl/ha. 50% new oak. Drink 2025 - 2040. 94 points

Julia Harding

50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon; 50% new oak. Sweet, toasty oak but the black fruit is lightly perfumed and minty. A bit flat on the mid palate, flattened by the tannins, though there is a cool refinement that somehow emerges on the finish. A bit of a conundrum for now. But the sweet blackcurrant comes back on the finish. More finesse to the tannins that in the Clos de l`Oratoire tasted at the same address. 16.5 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Canon la Gaffeliere has a fantastically exuberant nose of preserved plums, blueberry compote and black cherry pie with hints of menthol, mocha, Sichuan pepper and garrigue plus wafts of lavender and tilled soil. Full-bodied, concentrated and wonderfully decadent, it has a firm yet plush texture and just enough freshness in the background, finishing long with a menthol lift. 94-96 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Canon La Gaffelière is extraordinary. Fresh, vibrant and bursting at the seams with energy, the 2018 takes full advantage of all the work Stephan von Neipperg and his team have implemented at their properties. Expressive floral and savory notes add myriad shades of nuance to a dark, sumptuous Saint-Émilion that melds together aromatic intensity and fruit richness. Even with all of its intensity, the 2018 retains an element of translucence that is beguiling. The blend is 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is to say a bit more Cabernet than in the past. 95-98 points

Chris Kissack

This is 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, picked between September 17th and October 4th. The first sample tasted with the UGC opened with a very perfumed nose, all rose petals and verbena, coming well ahead of the fruit which presents only the lightest vein of summer berry substance. It feels rather delicate for the vintage. The second, tasted at the château, showed a more polished, more confident and somewhat more impressive nose. The palate is very elegant, reserved and restrained, especially considering the Neipperg house style which is usually bolder and rather more polished. This is still dark and brooding, but also taut and a little sinewy, with very tightly grained tannins, a delicate substance, and a fresh acid profile. My first impression of this was that it seemed overly reserved, but at the château it seemed rather more confident, albeit somewhat dominated by the moderately grained tannin which broods away through the finish. Tasted twice. The élevage will be in 50% new oak barrels. 92-94 points

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