1989 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere
By Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere
1989 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Steeping in opulence with each passing season, the 1989 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere enchants collectors and enthusiasts alike. The year 1989 was blessed with an ideal climatic equipoise in Saint-Emilion, yielding a vintage that matures with grace and eloquence.
A Vintage Affirmation of Mastery
The exemplary 1989 vintage stands as a testament to the inscrutable synthesis of soil and season. While younger years are often the marquee, it is this seasoned virtuoso that lingers on the palate of history. At this notable epoch, one observes how time has impeccably sculpted the contours of this wine into a masterpiece.
A Tapestry of Aromas and Flavours
The aromatic panorama unfurls heirloom roses interlaced with autumnal forest floor - an oeuvre capable of stirring palatial memories. On the palate, the wine from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere reveals an intricately woven tapestry of blackcurrant, truffles and subtle tobacco nuances that dance amidst velvety tannins. The Saint-Emilion terroir shines through in every sip; a testament to both the intuitive artifice of the vintner and a year graced by nature's own meticulous hand.
This resplendent libation embodies the virtues that fine wine investors prize: complexity, balance and longevity. Firm yet evolving tannins whisper promises of cellar worthiness while emanating echoes of robust fruit gently settling into a tertiary poise.
In closing, the 1989 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere captures not just the essence of dedicated craftsmanship but also encapsulates a moment in time where nature and nurture converged to create liquid treasure. It is a cultured investment for those seeking to augment their portfolio with poise and sophistication. As it continues to evolve within its crystalline sanctum, this vintage remains one to be savoured - narrating the tale of its remarkable year with each decanted breath.
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Scores and tasting notes
Fully mature, with considerable amber to its dark garnet color, this exotic, somewhat over-the-top style of wine shows lavishly wooded notes intermixed with tapenade, Asian spice, and sweet currant and plum-like fruit. Medium to full-bodied, very supple, without quite the level of concentrated and layered texture of the 1990, this is a wine to drink now and over the next 7-8 years. Last tasted, 10/02.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 2002