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Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 2016

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    The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere is (vines organically certified) picked from 26 September to 15 October and matured in 60% new oak. The yield is 42 hectoliters per hectare. This offers one of the most cerebral aromatics that I have encountered from this Saint Emilion estate: mineral-rich red and black fruit, quite edgy, almost flinty in style. I adore the focus of these aromas that are wired directly into the olfactory senses. The palate is very well balanced and governed by the Cabernet component. The black fruit is lifted by some lovely graphite notes that lend it a very Left Bank-like personality. It is fresh, taut and linear with a very persistent finish. Unlike other vintages of Canon la Gaffelière, I feel that this will require four to five years in bottle. As good as the 2015 last year, it might even surpass it.

    Country/Region: France, Saint Emilion

    Grape Variety: Merlot 55%, Cabernet Franc 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%

    Bottle Size: 750ml

    Robert Parker: 93-95 /100