Pretty berry and spice aromas, with hints of new wood. Turns to animal and meat character but blows off with lots of air. Decadent juice. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. Lovely stuff. Slightly reductive now, but this should come out lovely. (JS)
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index’s 10-Year On horizontal. Now this has a lovely bouquet, quite generous with dark plum, Hoi Sin, raspberry leaf and a touch of leather. This is now firmly moving into its secondary aroma stage. Very fine delineation, fresh and enticing. The palate is medium-bodied with a Burgundian texture on the entry. This has very fine tannins, a feminine Saint Emilion with tart red cherries, sage and thyme, then the structure makes its presence felt towards the finish with notes of sandalwood and mocha. This is definitely the finest bottle of Canon-la-Gaffeliere that I have met. Tasted March 2011. (NM)
Deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of currant, mocha, minerals, smoked meat and tobacco. Sweet on entry, then suave and cedary in the middle, with a lightly herbal character adding complexity. Very harmonious wine. Last year I found this denser than the 2002, but today I find the 2002 more impressive in the context of its vintage. Von Neipperg ages this wine in all new barrels, with Taransaud and Darnajou his two most important sources, but Canon La Gaffeliere rarely comes across as particularly smoky-oaky as the barrels get a slow, medium toast using steam. (ST)
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