Château Canon la Gaffeliere - Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010
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Château Canon La Gaffelière is located on the pied de côte (foot of the slope) south of the medieval village of Saint-Émilion. It's terroir consists of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil that is very permeable and particularly efficient at retaining heat.
The choice of grape varieties is rather atypical for the appellation in light of the soil: almost a perfect 50/50 divide between Merlot and Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernets ripen early and remarkably well on Canon La Gaffelière's warm soil, adding power and aromatic complexity to Merlot's opulence to create wines of natural elegance and finesse.
Wine from different plots is kept separate during aging on the lees and receives individual attention. Barrels are carefully selected to complement rather than overwhelm the wine's intrinsic fruitiness. The final blend is only made after an average 18 months of barrel aging.
"This takes the power of the vintage and puts it in its pocket for later, preferring instead to let mouthwatering briar, loganberry, mulberry and blackberry fruit strut its way forward, enlivened with roasted wood spice and supported by suavely but thoroughly embedded iron-tinged structure. Should cruise for two decades. Best from 2016 through 2035. *Top 100 Wines of 2013, No. 2* " - 96 points, Wine Spectator