En Primeur 2013: Welcoming Dinner at Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere in Saint-Emilion


Owners Mr. & Mrs. Stephan von Neipperg

Every year, the Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) organizes a welcoming dinner for journalists and members of the trade.

This year, the event was generously hosted at Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere on the outskirts of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, at the southern foot of the slope.

The 19.5 hectare vineyard has a complex, outstanding terroir of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil and the unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) at Canon-La-Gaffelière is perfectly suited to the soil. The vines, an average of 45 years old, are deeply rooted in the soil.

I met this delightful couple a few years earlier when they hosted a tasting at their estate. The welcoming party was delightful, with familiar faces from previous visits and producers all bringing great vintages of their wine. This year, the tasting of St. Emilion was held elsewhere yet Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere received top scores (tasted blind) for its concentrated red fruit, complexity, and delightful spicy tones.

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