Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere   Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere

2011 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

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2011 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

In the tapestry of Bordeaux vintages, 2011 is frequently eclipsed by the iconic surrounding years. However, the 2011 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere challenges this oversight with remarkable poise and complexity. Navigating a year marked by climatic contrivances, this vintage from the right bank of Bordeaux narrates a tale of skillful viniculture meeting a tenacious terroir.


A Vintage Defined by Balance and Structure

With weather patterns that commenced favourably but turned erratic during the growing season, vigneron brilliance was vital for chateaux in achieving quality. The 2011 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere showcases this deftness in winemaking – embodying a harmony between the Merlot's plushness, Cabernet Franc's aromatic vigour, and Cabernet Sauvignon's structural backbone.

Its bouquet unfurls with blackcurrants and hints of graphite, evoking drills into mineral-rich terroir. This is flanked by notes of cherries and plums that strike a chord with savoury undertones. On the palate, it dances between power and elegance; tannins grip yet graciously yield to the wine's inherent fluidity. Revelatory sips unearth layers: tobacco leaf, anise, and a whisper of truffle – signatures of a vintage maturing gracefully yet with ample liveliness.


Considerations for the Fine Wine Investor

The conversation amongst oenophiles about wine investment often orbits around blockbusters that snatch the limelight. The 2011 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere represents an astute venture for those discerning investors searching for wines with the prowess to surge in both acclaim and value as they evolve in bottle complexity.

To overlook the 2011 vintage would be a folly for collectors who value intricacy in their hoard. While its neighbours champion bold tints and broad strokes, this wine promises nuanced hues and skilfully detailed brushwork. The 2011 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is poised for contemplation within a well-curated portfolio – much like a classic novel amongst bestsellers; wise investors will recognise its quiet yet compelling narrative in the annals of vinous history.

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Probably the flagship estate of visionary Stephan von Neipperg, the 2011 Canon La Gaffeliere is less exotic and open-knit than usual, but it exhibits beautiful notes of black currants, licorice, camphor and forest floor. A burgeoning complexity as well as medium to full body and well-integrated wood are found in this pure beauty. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2014

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