The 2016 Château Canon la Gaffelière is another sensational release from Stephan von Neipperg. Composed of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the clay-limestone/clay-sand soils at the south-foot of the slope. It was aged in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 17 months. The wine itself begins to impress with its aromas of dark raspberries and red currants woven together with fresh spring florals, tobacco, toast and hints of topsoil all taking shape beautifully in the glass. On the palate this possesses a gorgeous medium-plus body with an outstanding plush texture, together with wonderful overall structure and balance. It displays excellent precision and definition through the long, complex finish. While this is already showing early appeal, readers should plan on cellaring this for at least 5 years. This is a special wine from this estate.