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2002 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

By Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

2002 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The early years of the new millennium witnessed a series of climatic challenges, shaping the winemaking landscape across Bordeaux with distinctive rigor. The 2002 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is a compelling testament to the tenacity and finesse required to produce wines of notable merit during such inconsistent weather patterns.

 

A Vintage Graced by Precision and Patience

Intriguingly, the 2002 vintage at Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere did not follow the path of flamboyance. Rather, it took a nuanced turn towards elegance and sophistication—qualities that astute wine investors seek out for their cellar enterprises. Despite the unyielding rains and a cool summer that beset Saint-Emilion that year, this vintage emerged with an intricate bouquet that has only deepened over two decades of careful maturation.

 

An Emblem of Resilience

The 2002 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere gracefully sidestepped the vintage's climatic pitfalls through its adroit blend—primarily Merlot with supportive roles played by Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. What dared to begin as a challenging year ended as a cause for admiration; precise vineyard management and judicious selection ensured that this offering came into the world with poise.

Currant notes, tinged with subtle hints of cedar and well-integrated oak, speak of balance rather than excess—there is no denying the maturity that has evolved in bottle. The palate sustains this narrative, serving harmonious tannins lined with a seam of freshness bearing witness to the vineyard's limestone substrate.

In summary, the 2002 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere remains an exquisite snapshot of a vintage that demanded nothing less than excellence from its vignerons. Investors who understand the narrative power of such a vintage will no doubt appreciate what this bottle stands to represent in any collection. It's not merely the triumph over adversity but the silent complexity and muted opulence that make this wine a prudent acquisition for discerning palates.

Taste-tested time and again, it is clear that the 2002 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere articulates its origin with splendid finesse—a necessary jewel in the crown of any savvy wine investor's portfolio.

Market price (CAD)

$1,660.00

12x75cl

Highest score

88

POP score

125

Scores and tasting notes

88

A medium-bodied, up-front, pleasant effort, the 2002 offers herbaceous notes intermixed with cherries, licorice, fruitcake, and spice box. With good concentration, soft tannin, and attractive, subtle spicy new oak characteristics, it should be consumed over the next 7-8 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005

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