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1982 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere

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1982 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The venerable 1982 vintage from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere stands as a beacon of vinicultural success in Saint-Emilion. The past four decades have been kind to this noble claret, it has burgeoned into a wine of supreme elegance and complex maturity, a testament to the extraordinary conditions of the 1982 season in Bordeaux.


A Harmonious Interplay of Time and Terroir

Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is known for crafting wines that spellbind both collectors and connoisseurs alike, but there is something singular about their 1982 release. It evokes a particular narrative of a year when warm weather permitted near-perfect ripening of the grapes. This meticulous maturation process is captured within every lingering sip, encapsulating the essence of the storied vineyards in one of Bordeaux's most renowned communes.


The Exemplar of Elegance: Investing in Liquid History

Dateless yet distinguished, the 1982 vintage from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere offers notes of rich plum, tobacco and a truffle-like earthiness that unfurls beautifully on the palate. The well-integrated tannins have softened over the decades, carving out a velvety texture that is at once substantial and soothing. Discerning collectors seeking to augment their portfolios would do well to consider this vintage, its value shaped not only by its heritage but also by its splendid evolution in the bottle.

Investment interest in iconic vintages such as this is evergreen, with each swirl and sniff revealing a narrative wound tightly with threads of vinous wisdom laid down over forty unhurried years. Whether one captures it now as an investment or cherishes it for its liquid splendour, the 1982 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere embodies an irreplaceable chapter of oenological artistry.

In conclusion, savouring the 1982 Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere from Chateau Canon-la-Gaffeliere is more than indulging in a fine wine – it is communing with a rare opus of time and nature. For investors and wine aficionados alike, this vintage bespeaks an illustrious past and promises crescendoing acclaim in the world’s sophistical wine orchestras.

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Revealing considerable amber in its washed-out ruby color, this spicy, herb-scented wine still retains some fruit in its aromatics, but it is clearly past its apogee. The 1982 was made before young Stephan Von Neipberg began an intensive overhaul of this estate. Since 1988, Canon-La-Gaffeliere has been one of the top dozen estates of St.-Emilion, making wines (even in lighter years) that are better than what was produced in 1982. This simple, uninteresting 1982 should be drunk up quickly as time is not on its side. Tasted 4 times since bottling with consistent notes.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 1995

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