This estate which is located just south of the St. Emilion village at the start of the slopes to the plateau, from where you can even see chateau Ausone. The chateau was at one time back in the 19th century known under two different names, as Canon Boitrd and La Gaffeliere-Boitard. The solution was to combine the names, which created the moniker we know today as Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere.
In 1969, Count Joseph Hubert von Neipperg purchased Canon La Gaffeliere in 1971 from the Meyrat family. The von Neipperg family remain the owners today and currently, Stephan von Neipperg manages the chateau. The move to sorganic farming was one of the first major changes Stephan von Neipperg made when he began to manage the estate. The soil is regularly plowed, which helps aeration. To avoid blending both layers of topsoil, only light plowing takes place.
'Comtes von Neipperg has done an incredible job with this estate, turning things around from a vegetal, diluted and undernourished wine in the 1970s and 1980s to something that has gotten stronger and strong ever since 1988. The dense ruby/purple 2012 offers pure blackcurrant and black cherry fruit along with some notes of Christmas spices and earth. It is full-bodied and opulent, with light tannins in the finish. This is a beauty of impeccable balance, great purity and texture. Kudos to von Neipperg, who rarely ever seems to make a mistake. Anticipated maturity: now-2030. The final blend tips the scales at 13.5% from an equal-part blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.' 93 pts Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com.April, 2015