1997 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere
By Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere
1997 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux
In the tapestry of Bordeaux's illustrious landscape, the 1997 vintage from the esteemed Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere emerges as a testament to the wine-making prowess of the von Neipperg family. This vintage is an ode to resilience, flourishing despite a season fraught with climatic challenges—a year that winemakers faced with earnest adaptability.
The Nuance of Ninety-Seven
The narrative of the 1997 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is intricately woven with the ebbs and flows of that challenging year—in particular, the warm spring followed by a cool summer and subsequently an uneven September. Saint-Émilion's mercurial climate demanded vigilance and precision in the vineyard, ensuring that only grapes of peak ripeness were selected for this composition.
A Vintage With Poise
Twenty-five years hence, this wine reveals a seductive maturation—where once there was youthful vigour now rests a composed elegance. The 1997 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere has unfurled into a bouquet rich with tertiary notes; truffles entwined with leather and a whisper of tobacco elegantly interlace the initial red fruit generosity that continues to linger. On the palate, there is harmony between mature tannins and an enduring freshness—a duality emblematic of deftly-crafted Bordeaux blends.
For investors looking to broaden their portfolio with wines showcasing historical resilience and ageing potential, this particular vintage is a noteworthy candidate. Enticingly complex, with the ability to captivate even the most discerning palate—the 1997 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere stands as testament to the alchemy of time and tenacity.
Garnering Grace With Age
Investing in fine wines such as the 1997 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is not merely an exercise in financial foresight but also an indulgence in vinous history. This vintage, encapsulating a moment in time through its layered evolution, offers both a journey into Saint-Émilion's storied terroir and a treasure for those astute enough to appreciate its matured splendour.
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Scores and tasting notes
An exotic, thick, rich wine, this 1997 reveals a dense plum/purple color in addition to sumptuous aromatics of vanilla, licorice, Asian spices, roasted coffee, and jammy black cherry and berry fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with silky tannin and low acidity, this thick, seamless, exotic St.-Emilion should drink well for 12-15 years. It is an impressive effort.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 April 2000