CHÂTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIERE

CHÂTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIERE

SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU
1er Grand Cru Classé
Owner:
Stephan Von Neipperg
Manager:
Stéphane Derenoncourt
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Château Canon La Gaffelière is a Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Emilion. Its 19,5 hectare vineyard is located on the southern part of the lower slopes surrounding the historical and picturesque town of Saint-Emilion. For the past twenty years it has produced some of the most admired wines of the region, sumptuous and yet elegant.
CHÂTEAU CANON LA GAFFELIERE

It was in the 13th Century that the Comtes von Neipperg, a noble family with its origins in Franche-Comté, first introduced vines onto their estates. With eight centuries of wine-growing tradition behind him it is presently Comte Stephan von Neipperg who is responsible for this inheritance of four wine growing domaines including Château Canon La Gaffelière now one of the great Saint-Emilion wines.
Under the witty and charming manner of the Comtes von Neipperg lies a dedicated, innovative wine producer who has been at the forefront of the renewal of Saint-Emilion wines since the 1980s. This has involved not only important investments at Canon La Gaffelière for the winery but a complete makeover of the vineyard with organic farming, tight pruning and severe selection at harvest time. In a constant search for more quality Stepan von Neipperg and his wine-making team, including consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt, have used an array of means such as malolactic fermentation in the barrel, micro-oxygenation, and barrel aging on the lees with bâtonnage (stirring of the lees). In addition to Canon La Gaffelière, von Neipperg also produces wine at his two other Saint-Emilion properties, Clos de l’Oratoire and La Mondotte, as well as at Château d’Aiguilhe in the Côtes de Castillon.

At the Comtes von Neipperg estates, priority is given to pragmatic techniques in keeping with biodynamic principles: close observation in the vineyard, timing operations with the vine's growth cycle, minimum recourse to chemical sprays, using compost and plant-based preparations (in order to reduce copper content by 90%), scheduling work according to the phases of the moon, etc...
The unusual proportion of grape varieties (55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) at Canon La Gaffelière is perfectly suited to the soil. The average amount of Merlot is approximately 70% in Saint-Emilion. This variety contributes roundness and opulence. However, the high percentage of Cabernet Franc at Canon La Gaffelière is unquestionably well-adapted to the estate's warm soil. This variety accounts for an exquisite bouquet with spicy, floral overtones, as well as power and aromatic complexity. The old Cabernet Franc vines do especially well on soil with a high clay content. Seeing as the Cabernets are usually late-ripening, they take full advantage of the estate's warm soil. This means they mature much earlier than in most other parts of the appellation.

Remarkably well-structured, always elegant, and unfailingly long on the palate, Château Canon La Gaffelière eloquently illustrates Stephan von Neipperg's new orientation.