2020 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

The 2020 Canon-La-Gaffelière was one of the most impressive surprises of our tastings of 2020 Bordeaux. This has considerable vibrancy, perfectly refined tannins, and lots of dark fruit and a savoury finish. It's one for the long haul, but a wine we'd be delighted to have in our cellars going forward.

Critic score
En primeur
5 available


  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2049
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2020 Château Canon-La-Gaffelière, Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion


Very refined and polished with minerally, almost salty character. Full body and beautiful, compact tannins. Racy finish. Excellent drive to this at the end.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)

Concentrated and intense, with juicy liquorice and blackberry flavours dominant on the attack. This is an excellent wine showing beautiful tension with slate and crushed stone texture. Chocolate shavings, bitter and intense, give a kick on the finish. Even better after 24 hours of opening, which is an extremely good sign for an en primeur sample. A yield of 32.5hl/ha. 50% new oak.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

The 2020 Canon-la-Gaffelière is beautifully defined on the nose, featuring lavish black cherries, boysenberry, tobacco and cracked black pepper aromas. This is endowed with impressive precision and the oak is very well integrated. The medium-bodied palate delivers sappy black fruit, fine balance and poise and a lightly spiced, edgy, almost citrus-like finish. Packed to the rafters with vim and vigor, this is a superb Saint-Émilion.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)

Almost earthy, vineyard-fresh feel to the nose and palate. Flows gently, building discreetly to a persistent finish. Attractive fruit and fine-grained tannins. Ageing potential.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (April 2021)

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