Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 101431
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS95
  • RP94
  • ST94
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 1998 vintage of this wine was ranked #5 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001

Remarkably well-structured, always elegant, and unfailingly long on the palate, Château Canon La Gaffelière eloquently illustrates Stephan von Neipperg's new orientation.

A rather "intellectual" wine with a great deal of finesse that is relatively open even in its youth... There is always a floral side to enhance its fruitiness, with hints of forest floor. A great pleasure on both the nose and the palate. Fine and delicate.

Blending: 55% Merlot; 35% Cabernet Franc; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Critical Acclaim

"Very intense and powerful, with blackberry and chocolate aromas. Full-bodied, with fabulous velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This coats every inch of the palate. Gorgeous and stylish. Best after 2017. 5,750 cases made. "
95 Points

"For opulence, decadence, and sexiness, this 2005 is hard to resist. One of the vintage’s most flamboyant efforts, it is a gorgeous blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. With a stunningly exotic nose of espresso roast, a juicy meat and herb concoction, spice box, chocolate, incense, and copious quantities of sweet, ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit, this full-throttle St.-Emilion exhibits good structure (because of the vintage’s sound acid levels) and high, but velvety tannin. It is a brilliant effort from proprietor Stephan von Neipperg. I would not discount its aging potential as the 1990, which I thought would have a short aging curve, is still going strong at age 18. The 2005 should easily last 20-25 years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2030."
94 Points

"A successful wine from Canon la Gaffelière. It is in a modern style with very polished edges of fruit, but the heart of the wine has a core of solid, dark, dry tannins. The wood gives spiciness, but it is the black, juicy fruits that impress."
94 Points

"Bright, full ruby-red. Knockout nose offers black raspberry, coffee, minerals, flowers, tobacco and nutty oak. Densely packed and vibrant, with terrific energy to its tightly coiled flavors of dark fruits and minerals. Here, too, the quality of the cabernet franc is high. Finishes strong and very long, with an explosion of dark fruits and flowers. An outstanding vintage for this property. 93-94"
94 Points

"Closed off behind the flash of new oak and the earthiness of its tannins, this takes several days to emerge. When it does, there's plump, juicy merlot fruit to match the earthiness. And though it has the headiness of the vintage, it also has a cool restraint. Check on this in ten years; it should live long and well. "
92 Points

"Very much smelling of the ripe cherries, plums and herbs of good Merlot, this weighty wine is at once is a touch soft in structure but fights with dry tannins as it crosses the palate. It is a little less lively than some and thus one that comes with caveats about just where it will go with the eight to ten years of age that its astringency commends."
90 Points

Learn About Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere Map ItMap It

Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere is located on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope. The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) at Canon-La-Gaffeliere is perfectly suited to the soil. The average amount of Merlot is approximately 70% in Saint-Emilion. This variety...

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Learn About St-Emilion

(saint eh-meel-YOHN) Medieval Village, Modern Wine A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux...

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