Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere   Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere

2008 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

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2008 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The 2008 vintage from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere offers a complex embodiment of the challenging climatic conditions that year in Saint-Emilion. The season began with difficult, wet conditions, which led to meticulous vineyard management. As critics and connoisseurs, we saw maturation surging ahead during a surprisingly dry and warm September, a salvation that brought this vintage to its admirable fruition.


Nuanced Elegance: A Cherished Investment

What was harvested from the distressed beginnings of 2008 has shaped into an opulent narrative of Bordeaux resilience. A decade on, and the 2008 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere exhibits a sophisticated blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, refined through patient cellaring. This well-crafted wine offers astute investors not just a storied chapter from Saint-Emilion's annals but an asset poised gracefully for continued evolution.


Distinctive Character: A Reflection of Vintage Conditions

Upon first tasting, the vintage immediately exudes an intense nose of ripe blackberries and plums interwoven with subtle hints of tobacco and spice. Its evolving palate teases with layers of dark fruit countered by a fine mineral streak and held firm by well-integrated tannins—a testament to its adept handling during an unpredictable growing season.

The profound depth exhibited within this bottle is courtesy of Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere's unyielding commitment to terroir expression and viticultural precision. It masterfully showcases the challenge-turned-triumph narrative of 2008's harvest in Bordeaux.

In summary, the 2008 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere encapsulates a narrative of triumph over adversity. It is not merely a superior example of Saint-Emilion's craft but also a persuasive testament to vigilant winegrowing facing capricious nature. For the discerning collector or investor, this remarkable offering stands as one of the most intriguing propositions within their portfolio, promulgating both the history and quality one anticipates from Bordeaux's esteemed right bank.

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A sensational sleeper of the vintage, this modern-styled St.-Emilion boasts a dark purple color along with a beautiful bouquet of black olives, cherry jam, incense, spicy oak and black currants. Full-bodied, unctuously textured, lush, seductive and gloriously perfumed, this strikingly intense claret can be drunk now and over the next 12-15 years. Bravo!

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011

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