2015 Clos La Gaffeliere
Can you have a 97 point – “the best wine since 1982” – Robert Parker certified 2015 vintage Grand Cru Saint Emilion for under 50 bucks?
Of course you can, here at Waterford, with 2015 Canon’s “Clos Canon.”
Here is Robert Parker’s review:
“This is the best Canon since 1982, and it is possibly capable of eclipsing that legendary vintage. It has taken a while for the proprietors, the Wertheimer brothers (the owners of Chanel and the Margaux estate Rauzan-Segla) to get Canon back to its former glory.
“The 2015 Canon la Gaffeliere features a deep garnet-purple color and a cedar-laced nose to begin, giving way to fragrant underlying scents of roses and violets with a core of crushed black currants, blackberries and Bing cherries plus hints of fallen leaves and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, the seductively perfumed red and black fruit fills the mouth, framed with plush tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing very long and minerally.
Now to be clear. Clos Canon is the second wine of Chateau Canon. The review above is for 2015 Chateau Canon. But, before you stop reading, let me point out a couple of things.
First, Robert Parker wrote the above tasting note before the final assemblage of Canon and Clos Canon. Meaning he was tasting the whole, unseparated wine. So at least some of what he was tasting would ultimately become Clos Canon.
Second, Canon is tiny. The estate in its entirety makes only 5,000 cases across both wines. And across this tiny little selection, both wines are made in the same way. As is often the case with second wines in Bordeaux, these are more “forward,” which leads me to my next point.
Chateau Canon may last for 30 years, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something to drink now? And let me tell you, the Clos Canon is delicious now:
There is this absolutely mesmerizing aroma that leaps from the glass: yes, raspberry and blackberry fruits, of course; but then, utterly beguiling violet and red flower notes fill the room, intermixing with exotic Asian spice notes, pain grille and savory umami. The palate is that gorgeous, silky, luxurious and totally integrated Saint Emilion style. As the winery notes, the “velvety, silky wine notes are a result of the grape and the soil – fresh subtle and elegant, yet both wines have a remarkable capacity for aging.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of well matured Bordeaux. Yet, when it’s this good now, why wait?
Which brings up my final point: the price. 2015 Canon originally released at $180 a bottle, 2009 Clos Canon at $110. You can find it cheaper now – right here, at Waterford, at the lowest national price.
Please enjoy it, it’s utterly delicious.