2016 Canon la Gaffeliere Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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TWI 98 JS 96 JL 96 JD 95 WA 95 WE 95 WS 95 DC 93
TWI 98

The Wine Independent, December 2022

The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere has a deep garnet color. It bursts on the scene with exuberant notes of juicy blackberries, plum preserves, and fruit cake, plus suggestions of clove oil, mocha, and Indian spices. The...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

The aromas are very complex with sweet tobacco, black truffles, blueberries and blackberries. Subtle. Menthol, too. Full-bodied yet so elegant. Structure with finesse and purity. The tannins are melted in the wine...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, March 2024

It is hard to believe you can buy a wine this good, with bottle age at this price. Packed with ripe, energetic, silky, red, and black fruits, the wine expresses purity, elegance, length, and depth. There is minerality...
JD 95

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

One of the most elegant and seamless wines in the vintage is the 2016 Canon-la-Gaffelière, a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in 60% new French oak. This medium to full-bodied...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2017

(WA93-95 points) The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere is a blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (vines organically certified) picked from 26 September to 15 October and matured in 60% new oak. The...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, May 2019

Bold tannins, rich fruit and good acidity combine in a wine that is powerful while always fresh. With acidity and stylish black-currant flavors, the wine's fruitiness comes through the tannins, finishing with a juicy...
WS 95

Wine Spectator, January 2019

This delivers a very fresh, juicy ball of red and black currant preserve flavors laced liberally with bramble, roasted apple wood and sweet tobacco notes. Shows terrific purity, energy and drive, with a piercing echo of...
DC 93

Decanter, February 2019

Another successful wine in St-Émilion, with the signature of careful extraction. Well-brushed black fruits and a lovely push-and-pull effect between supple tannins, rich fruits and fresh acidity. Certified organic since...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere from Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, is a red wine that exudes elegance and finesse. This Bordeaux blend is crafted with 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from organically certified vines. With an alcohol percentage of 14.5%, this wine is sure to leave a lasting impression.

In the glass, the 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere displays a deep, ruby red color that is visually captivating. On the nose, the aromas are complex and enticing. Sweet tobacco, black truffles, blueberries, and blackberries intertwine with subtle hints of menthol. The aromas are further complemented by an almost flinty, mineral-rich character that adds a unique touch to the bouquet.

On the palate, this wine showcases a perfect balance of structure and finesse. The tannins are seamlessly integrated, creating a smooth and velvety mouthfeel. The black fruit flavors are lifted by delightful graphite notes, reminiscent of Left Bank Bordeaux wines. The palate is fresh, taut, and linear, leading to a persistent finish that lingers on the taste buds.

Renowned wine critics have praised the 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere, further solidifying its exceptional quality. James Suckling awarded this wine a remarkable score of 96 points, describing it as a "fabulous young wine" that should be enjoyed from 2023 onwards. Wine Spectator also rated it highly, giving it 95 points and praising its purity, energy, and minerality. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded an impressive 95 points as well, stating that this vintage may even surpass the acclaimed 2015. Additionally, Wine Enthusiast, TheWineCellarInsider.com, Jeb Dunnuck, and Decanter all gave this wine scores ranging from 93 to 96 points, highlighting its outstanding characteristics.

The 2016 Canon la Gaffeliere is a wine that promises to evolve beautifully with aging. While it can certainly be enjoyed now, it will benefit from additional time in the bottle. With its impressive reviews and impeccable craftsmanship, this wine is a true gem from Bordeaux and a must-have for any wine enthusiast.