Canon La Gaffeliere began as two separate estates, Canon Boitard and La Gaffeliere Boitard, in the 19th Century. It wasn’t until 1971 when the Von Niepperg family bought the estate that the two were combined. The estate’s success has been on the rise in the decades since the Von Niepperg family bought the estate, in particular following the Chateau’s upgrade to Premier Grand Cru Classe (B) in the official 2012 Saint Emilion Classification. Comte von Niepperg, the owner, has been credited with much of the estate’s success, having been an exponent of modern winemaking techniques tempered with tradition. This includes introducing micro-oxygenation as well as sustainable, organic farming methods; the Chateau was certified as 100% organic in 2014.

The Chateau is situated on the ‘pied de cote’ (foot of the slope) to the South of the town of Saint Emilion. There are 19.5 hectares dedicated to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate’s terroir consists of clay-limestone and clay-sand soil which is perfect for drainage as well as retaining heat; the best parcels grow in deep clay, where the vines date back to the 1930s. Grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed, then fermented without crushing in temperature-controlled wooden vats. The wine is aged in mostly new oak barrels for up to 18 months. The result is a silky-textured and elegant wine, with aromas of flowers, earth, fruit, truffle and stone.

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