Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere   Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere

2005 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

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2005 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The 2005 vintage for Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Saint-Emilion was extraordinary, thanks in part to an impeccable balance of weather patterns — generous sunshine and just the right amount of rain. The confluence of these factors furnished Bordeaux with conditions that winemakers could only dream of, and the wines released under this vintage, including the 2005 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, were distinguished by their remarkable concentration and balance.


A Vintage That Speaks Versatility

Approaching two decades on, the 2005 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is an amalgam of poise and power. This Saint-Emilion gem reveals an elegant bouquet that marries ripe dark berries, a touch of licorice, and seductive truffle aromas. One cannot help but be enchanted by its evolving complexities, underlined by a well-integrated oak presence.

The palate is greeted by an exquisite structure brimming with promise: tannins that have mellowed gracefully, bestowing upon the wine a supple silkiness while still retaining enough vigor to suggest continued longevity. This harmonious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon encapsulates what serious collectors seek in an investable fine wine — both the pedigree of its terroir and evidence of superb craftsmanship.


An Investment Calibre Vintage

The balance in the 2005 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere has been recognized by investors as indicating a vintage primed not just for consumption but also for significant maturation potential—and thus, capital appreciation. With each passing year, this bottle substantiates the wisdom inherent in selecting a well-aged Bordeaux from an outstanding vintage.

In conclusion, the pedigree of this Saint-Emilion offering from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere lies not just in its provenance or in the collective acclaims sung for the 2005 Bordeaux vintage as a whole. It is manifest in every sip that speaks with a voice refined by time yet bristling with life. As such, it stands as one of the pillars among fine wines worthy of investment consideration from discerning connoisseurs and savants alike.

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This fragrant, lush, seductive wine offers up plum, Christmas spices and crème de cassis. This dense garnet/purple wine also has loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, terrific aromatics, a full-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, texture, and a long, long finish. Once again, the Comte von Neipperg and his winemaking consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt have hit a home run in this vintage. This beauty is approachable, if not drinkable already, and should continue to evolve for 10-15 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2015

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