2014 Château Canon La Gaffelière
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $64.94 (reg. $72.94)
"This has been one of my favorite St.-Emilions since the late 1980s..."
- Robert Parker
Although the 2015 and 2016 Bordeaux vintages may be grabbing the bulk of the headlines, savvy Bordeaux customers will not want to overlook 2014. They're attractive for their quality and price, and the critics have also been effusive in their praise. James Suckling calls the vintage “one of the biggest surprises of my 34-year career,” while Galloni succinctly says, "Simply put, the finest 2014s are utterly magnificent and well worth seeking out."
Here's one to definitely put in your cellar - the double 95-point 2014 Canon La Gaffelière. From a proprietor that "continues to fashion some of the most consistently outstanding wines in Bordeaux," per Parker, we tasted this in Bordeaux from barrel and have anticipated its arrival ever since. Galloni declares it “one of the wines of the vintage...Powerful yet also impeccably refined, the 2014 has it all...Don't miss it."
Though it’s a historic estate, its status today is a decidedly modern phenomenon. Its recent success is down to a concerted effort by its singular and charismatic proprietor, Count Stephan von Neipperg. Per Parker, von Niepperg “has done an incredible job" at this property, turning it into "one of St.-Emilion’s most consistently high quality estates."
The Comte von Niepperg is a Bordeaux institution now, but that wasn’t always the case. German-born von Neipperg is an outsider at heart and it’s not that long ago that he was considered a controversial figure. Having turned around the fortunes of Canon La Gaffelière and establishing the cult wine La Mondotte – and seeing them both elevated to Premier Grand Cru Classé level – there’s no doubting him now. Perhaps even more impressively, it was with von Niepperg and Canon La Gaffelière that a then-unknown young winemaker named Stéphane Derenoncourt truly made his name.
This is still a baby, but undoubtedly “aristocratic in its breeding," says Galloni. Tempting as it may be to open immediately, this will benefit from at least another couple of years in the cellar and then be at its prime for the next 10-15 years. Cheers!