Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere   Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere

2004 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

By Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

The 2004 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The vaunted 2004 vintage of Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is a tribute to the fortitude and finesse of the Saint-Emilion terroir—a singular embodiment of that year's climatic ballet. This offering represents the culmination of nature's propensity for challenge and the vintner's adept hand, creating a wine that appeals to both collectors and connoisseurs alike.


A Taste of Excellence Rooted in Challenging Clime

In 2004, Saint-Emilion was beset by erratic weather patterns, ranging from a wet spring to a summer marked by fluctuations. Nonetheless, these hurdles have crafted wines with surprising complexity and longevity. The 2004 Canon-la-Gaffeliere captures this essence; it’s an exquisite investment-grade bottle, showcasing not only the resilience but also the potential opulence that can originate from such demanding vintages.


The Sensory Journey

Upon decanting, one will note an enchanting bouquet of dark cherries and plum accented by a whisper of cedar—a testament to its time spent cradled in French oak. The palate is graced by a well-structured body featuring succulent tannins that promenade towards a finely balanced finish. The terroir's signature minerality is interlaced with notes of truffle and tobacco, creating an experience that is at once profound and pleasantly accessible, even after years in repose.

A sterling exemplar of fine Bordeaux blends, the 2004 vintage from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is harmonious in its execution. It is patient yet not austere, maturing gracefully with an intricate mosaic of flavours that whisper tales of the land from which they came.


Investment-Worthy Sophistication

As the years unfurl, this particular vintage maintains its stance as one to watch. Its amalgamation of character and pedigree serve as sound markers for those seeking to diversify their portfolios with storied vintages. The 2004 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere hails from a region renowned for producing truly investible wines—an attribute certainly not lost on this illustrious example.

In conclusion, the 2004 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere proudly stands as a paragon of Saint-Emilion's ability to transcend climatic challenges and deliver a wine that not only enchants the palate but also offers depth for investment discussions. It persists as one of those rare treasures that conveys both the sanctity of its year and the unyielding spirit of Bordeaux viticulture.

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A brilliant achievement for proprietor Stefan von Neipperg, this blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an exuberant, cedary bouquet revealing scents of espresso roast, chocolate, pain grille, and sweet red and black fruits. Opulent and fleshy for a 2004, this sexy beauty offers plenty of purity, symmetry, and sweet tannin. It will provide enjoyment over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2007

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