1999 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere
By Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere
1999 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux
The turn of the millennium heralded an era of remarkable vintages, among which the 1999 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is a remarkable display of Saint-Emilion's prowess. Ascending beyond simple expectation, this vintage resonates with an adroit balance between classical structure and an audacious flair for complexity.
A Testament to Time: The Art of Ageing
A vintage such as the 1999 entices with its unique ageing trajectory. Two decades on, it evanesces into a revelation for those patient enough to discover its tertiary qualities. The wine has unfurled from its youthful vigour to embody the rich tapestry of maturity that only time can weave, proposing a wine investment that is both shrewd and sensorially rewarding.
A Vintage Defined by Grace
Particular conditions in 1999 presented challenges yet culminated in wines of distinction. Less ostentatious than its immediate predecessors, the 1999 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere holds a prominence borne of resilience and subtlety. In my view, the moderate summer temperatures and timely September sun formed the crucible in which this Saint-Emilion's character was tempered.
One encounters a vibrant array of dark cherry and truffle amid whispers of cedar - the velvety tannins now mellowed to perfection. There’s an underlying minerality suggestive of the well-drained limestone and clay terroir that finely balances the ripe Merlot-led blend.
Investment-wise, the 1999 vintage presents a fine opportunity for connoisseurs and investors alike. Its evolution over time makes it a compelling choice for those looking to diversify their portfolio with a Bordeaux that stands out for its elegant defiance against a challenging year.
The 1999 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere captures a snapshot of an estate at the apex of its winemaking ingenuity. It is an opulent brew imbued with a sense of place and time; a prize for any collector poised to appreciate its shifting narrative—a canvas only partially unveiled, promising further delight and examination with each passing year.
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Scores and tasting notes
Canon La Gaffeliere's opaque purple-colored 1999 is a strong effort for this vintage. It displays a sweet nose of pain grille, smoke, meats, graphite, blackberry, and cassis liqueur. The wine is full-bodied, deep, powerful, and rich, with sweet tannin and low acidity. This is a blockbuster effort for a delicate vintage such as 1999. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2002