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2003 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

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2003 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

As vintages go, the 2003 growing season was a lesson in extremities with a scorching summer that tested the resilience of Bordeaux's vineyards. The resulting wines, such as the 2003 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, are paeans to the fortitude and finesse found within Saint-Emilion's terroir.


A Vintage Shaped by the Elements

The intense heat of 2003 pressed upon the Bordeaux region, bestowing upon this wine an opulent concentration that diverges markedly from the more classic vintages. Contrasting its predecessors, the 2003 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere imparts an immediate voluptuousness, enveloped in a warm, ripe bouquet that captivates the discerning investor seeking depth as well as complexity.


Complexity and Character in a Single Glass

Sipping this vintage reveals layers of dark plum and cassis, underlaid with subtler traces of tobacco and a whisper of oak - an orchestration that hints at the maturation potential inherent in this particular wine. One finds here an exemplary display of Saint-Emilion's ability to produce wines that marry power with elegance; a characteristic especially pronounced in this challenging year.

The intricately woven tannin structure provides a backdrop against which the full-bodied nature of the wine stands proud – yet it remains silken and integrated, testament to the adroit hand of the winemaker amidst trying climactic conditions.


An Investment Worthy Vintage

For fine wine investors and aficionados alike, the 2003 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere remains an articulate example of how extreme heat can be channeled into producing something that is not merely resilient but revelatory. The wine's current state suggests a plateau of maturity that beckons connoisseurs to partake now or continue holding for potential future gains in both complexity and value. For those vested in the long-term rise of wine investments, this exceptional Saint-Emilion stands as a compelling addition to any portfolio.

The 2003 vintage at Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere showcases what is possible when nature's force meets human artistry. This wine encapsulates that rare balance where persistent heat has sculpted rather than scorched – offering a lush yet composed profile that renders it one of the most distinctive offerings from this esteemed estate.

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Lots of Asian soy, licorice and Christmas fruitcake notes intermingled with notions of red and black fruits and spice box emerge from this dark plum/garnet-colored (with just a bit of pink at the edge), medium to full-bodied, opulent, round, juicy, hedonistic 2003. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014

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