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Score 96-98/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, Jun 2023

Deep, and dark in color, the wine opens with flowers, oceanic influences, plums, smoke, licorice, and black cherries. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, opulent, polished, vibrant, silky and fresh, finishing with multiple layers of chocolate-covered, plums, black cherries, espresso, crushed stones and spices. What makes everything work here is the balance, freshness, and purity in the fruits. The wine blends 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Critic Scores

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95
95/100

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98
97-98/100

James Suckling

95
94-96/100

William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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95 - 97 points
Jeb Dunnuck
Score 95-97/100 · Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2023

The 2022 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière is brilliant stuff and should be snatched up by readers. Black cherries, iron, tapenade, and exotic floral notes all define the aromatics, and it's full-bodied, with a layered, opulent mouthfeel, gorgeous tannins, and no shortage of mid-palate depth or length on the finish. A blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon that will see 40% new oak, it's a flawlessly balanced, incredibly impressive Saint-Emilion that will have no problems competing with the 2019 and 2020.

17 points
James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com
Score 17/20 · James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com, May 2023

50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Certified organic. Cask sample. Bright crimson hue. Lifted and aromatic with a wholesome expression of fruit. Juicy on the palate, the tannins smooth but persistent. Lots of energy. Lingers on the finish. Structured for ageing but already appealing.

94 - 96 points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Score 94-96/100 · Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2023

The 2022 Canon La Gaffelière is bright, punchy and full of character. Blood orange, rose petal and spice overtones brighten a core of red/purplish fruit in Saint-Émilion that impresses with its saline intensity, energy and focus. If tasting this blind, I would never say it is a wine from a warm, drought year. It will be interesting to see if the 2022 retains its youthful vibrancy through élevage. This is super promising.

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