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1986 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

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1986 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux

The 1986 vintage from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere remains a quintessential reflection of the finesse and complexity often espoused by Bordeaux's storied Saint-Émilion terroir. My extensive journey with this wine, savoring samples across numerous years, permits me to assert that this particular year showcases an intriguing amalgamation of maturity and vibrancy.


An Exceptional Vintage's Journey Through Time

Even as we peruse the tapestry of venerable vintages, the 1986 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere stands out as a hallmark of stability and grace under the vestige of time—a significant aspect for fine wine investors seeking endurance in their portfolios. During this year, Saint-Émilion's climate dealt a generous hand, disembarking from the capricious nature that oftentimes defines Bordeaux's weather patterns.

The result is a wine that, initially coy in its youth, has blossomed with an aristocratic poise. Its nose unfolds with hauntingly deep aromas of truffled earth and ripe cherry, reflecting the interplay between the Merlot and Cabernet Franc varietals typifying this estate's philosophy.


A Palate Respecting Past and Present

On the palate, one experiences a tapestry woven from structured tannins and a refined acidity, punctuated by a whisper of spice and dried figs—a tribute to its measured evolution in oak barrels. It is this balance that suggests a wine reaching its plateau of maturity without sacrificing the freshness crucial to its charm.

The 1986 vintage from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere captures one's senses, simultaneously whispering tales of past harvests whilst affirming its place in contemporary cellars. For investors and connoisseurs alike, it embodies sumptuous investment potential paired with enigmatic allure.

In summary, the 1986 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is an exquisite testament to the provenance of Saint-Émilion's terroir and the deft craftmanship at Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere. As it continues to unfurl its layers with each passing year, it affirms its position as one of the discerning highlights for those invested in the chronicles of fine wine.

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Showing considerable amber at the edge, this fully mature wine offers up notes of sandalwood intermixed with cedar, fruitcake, black currants, and spice box./ The wine is medium-bodied, showing a bit of dry tannin in the finish, suggesting this wine's baby fat has completely fallen away and the wine needs consumption. Anticipated maturity: Now-2006. Last tasted, 10/02.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002

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