Canon La Gaffeliere 2000

St Emilion, Grand Cru Classé

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Tasting Notes

The 2000 Canon-la-Gaffelière, aged in 90% new oak for 18 months without fining, is a vintage that I have had several times since tasting it from barrel. The nose has mellowed and softened in recent years, now offering mulberry, singed leather, tea leaf and just a hint of wild mint. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and plenty of red fruit, here laced with white pepper, tobacco and a touch of muskiness toward the finish. This was always impressive in its flush of youth and remains so in full maturity. I would drink bottles over the next 10 years.

Score: 91

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2021 - 2032 01 September 2021

This is deeper in colour than Belair 2000, broader and fleshier on the nose with blackberry, black plum and a touch of graphite. It displays very fine definition and clarity, signalling intense fruit to come on the palate. The palate is medium-bodied, wonderful balance and poise, the glass left for five minutes (whilst chatting!) and mellowing/coalescing. The slight hardness mellows nicely, well-integrated oak and very focused towards the finish with great persistency. Excellent.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2012 - 2030 01 March 2010

Performing as I expected, but still several years away from full maturity, this extraordinarily flamboyant, full-bodied, opulent, sexy St. Emilion stood out for its backward structure and youthful personality. A dark plum/garnet hue is followed by a superb bouquet of roasted coffee, kirsch, blackberries, licorice, herbs, and forest floor. Full-bodied, dense, rich, and pure, it is a total hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on. Enjoy it over the next decade.

Score: 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2010-2020 01 June 2010

This is a triumphant 2000, flamboyant, super-concentrated, yet classic in proportions. Lavish notes of roasted espresso, melted chocolate, creme de cassis, toasty new oak, and Asian spices jump from the glass of this sensationally perfumed, rather ostentatious 2000. It is enormously concentrated and pure, with low acidity and exquisite balance. Remarkably, in spite of its large size, viscosity, and opulence, it is fresh and delineated. Potentially the finest Canon-la-Gaffeliere made to date, this impeccably made wine will drink well between 2006-2022.

Score: 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2006-2022 01 April 2003