2016 Chateau La Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion

Merchant's Pick


2016 Chateau La Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion

Contender For The #1 Wine Of The Year
Vying for #1 Wine Of The Year!

"As good as the 2015 last year, it might even surpass it." The Wine Advocate

That says a lot - and we agree!

What happened last year?

Last year, the 2015 Canon La Gaffeliere was the #2 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine. Arriving next week is the 2016 Canon La Gaffeliere, a wine that rivals the 2015 and even surpasses it!

The 2016's in general are stunning. They are receiving high scores for their depth, structure and richness. We're singling out the 2016 Canon early as a Saint-Emilion sensation!

I'm not a betting man, but if the trend is your friend, then the 2016 Canon may very well be Spectator's #1 wine for 2019. Here is a quick snapshot of the past few years and the way this wine has been moving up the list:

2015 Canon La Gaffeliere was Wine Spectator's #2 of 2018 [96 pts]
2014 Canon La Gaffeliere was Wine Specatator's #7 of 2017 [95 pts]
2010 Canon La Gaffeliere was Wine Spectator's #2 of 2013 [96 pts]

With its recent Wine Spectator 95-98 points, we expect the 2016 Canon to make another huge appearance on this year's list.

The wine has it all: prestige, power, approachability, finesse, and integrated fruit. Here is the highlight-reel for this beauty:

"Especially polished, refined and nuanced." Vinous

"Dark and intense, with immense fruit..." Wine Enthusiast

"As good as the 2015, it might even surpass it." The Wine Advocate

"Shows terrific purity, energy and drive." Wine Spectator

"Fabulous young wine." James Suckling

What do we love about this wine?

The depth and richness of this Canon is palpable. Fresh blackberry and cherry, mocha, cedar, cassis, earth, autumn leaves, cinnamon, toasty oak, integrated tannins, and balanced acidity. The layers of this wine effortlessly roll into one another.

Decant now or cellar for up to 20 years. You will thank yourself for adding this wine to your collection.

The #1 Wine? I'm not a betting man, but...

David Gettenberg

$132.95 per bottle / $1595.40 per case



95-98 / 100

"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 minerality through the mouthwatering finish."


97 / 100

"Dark and intense, this wine has immense fruit and equally immense tannins. It is powered by its firm structure and concentration. There are hints of firm extraction, although it does not detract from the bold fruits. It should age well for many years."


96 / 100

"The 2016 Canon La Gaffelière is just as striking from bottle as it was from barrel. Bright, intensely aromatic and precise, the 2016 has it all. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, blood orange and rose petal all race through this silky, super-expressive Saint-Émilion. In 2016, Canon La Gaffelière is especially polished, refined and nuanced, which means also less overly powerful than in the past. It was compelling both times I tasted it from bottle."


96 / 100

"Lovely silky texture and dark fruit to this wine underlining richness and decadence. Medium to full body and a long finish."

Product Details

Producer: Chateau Canon la Gaffeliere

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Sub Region: Saint-Émilion

Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Vintage: 2016

Size: 750ml

Code: W4590-1