Château Canon-la-Gaffelière is a Bordeaux winery from the appellation Saint-Émilion, ranked Premier Grand cru classé in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located in the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion, in the department Gironde. The property has viticultural history dating back to the 17th century when the Comte de Malets-Roqueforts bought extensive real-estate, including the site of a leper colony, and rented out large parts to share-croppers. However the vineyard only came to prominence when Boitard de la Poterie family bought and cultivated what became known as Canon-Boitard, while the remaining land retained by the Malets-Roqueforts would become Château La Gaffelière. Both the estates apply the word gaffet, which translates to leper. In 1971 the estate was bought by Joseph-Hubert, Graf von Neipperg, and in 1985 passed control to his son Comte Stephan von Neipperg, the current proprietor. Accredited with much of the success of the estate, his other properties include Clos de l'Oratoire and the "super-cuvée" La Mondotte. Having once been an exponent of modern techniques in winemaking, including microoxygenation, von Neipperg has become critical of his own earlier vintages. Since the early 2000s he has reverted Canon-la-Gaffelière to a style of moderation aiming at a truer expression of wine.
A great performance this vintage, firmly structured and tight with a powerful liquorice and dark fruit palate. While powerful it also presents a wonderful freshness that gives a very fine balance.
Delicious with roast pork roulade with bacon, walnuts and mushrooms.