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Vintage 2017

Technical data

Organic Certified by FR-BIO-10.

Harvest dates
18/09 to 10/10/2017
Yield
16 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (55%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2019 (from 6th to 17th)
Blending
60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13,5%

 

Weather conditions

The winter and early spring were extremely mild and dry, in fact one of the driest of the century so far. This naturally led to quite uniform early budding, from the 26th of March in some of our plots, and an initial phase of rapid growth. 

In the second half of April, however, the weather changed with the arrival of an anticyclone marked by clear skies and a north-easterly wind. The air mass therefore cooled and temperatures fell fast.

The nights of the 27th and 28th of April were devastating, not only because of the intensity of the cold but also the vast area where it struck.

No region was spared: the only difference was the scale of the damage.

65% of the production at Château Canon La Gaffelière was affected, while at Clos de l’Oratoire it was 70%, Château Peyreau over 90%, and Château d’Aiguilhe 60%. Only La Mondotte was spared.

After the initial shock and despondency that an event like this causes, it was time to set to work. It was time to seriously take stock of the situation. What should we do? Prune? Rush to work without a plan? No. It was essential instead to take time, to wait, to watch and keep watching, and to weigh up the life force still present in the wood of the vines… and only then intervene and fight…

Marking the vines, taking action to prevent disease, analysing the petioles, applying liquid compost, etc. There was a great deal of work to be done - painstaking, but necessary for the future, working in the short term for a second generation of grapes.

Yes, that was what it was about… betting on the second generation of this 2-in-1 vintage.

After the frost, the weather in spring was radiant and almost summerlike. Temperatures above the seasonal norms, combined with a dry spell that lasted until the end of June, led to a quick and consistent flowering, starting on the 15th of May in the earliest plots!

While late June was very wet, summer was amazingly dry, exacerbating the water shortage of the winter, even in clay soils.

Rain at the beginning of September brought the grape skins to full maturity, and the ripening process was very uniform.

Painstaking work that marked the whole vintage reached its culmination during the harvest, with the combination of first and second-generation bunches: picking of the first-generation grapes began on the 14th of September, finishing on the 29th, while the second generation was harvested between the 3rd and the 10th of October

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2016

Technical data

Organic Certified by FR-BIO-10.

Harvest dates
26/09 to 15/10/2016
Yield
42 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 32 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (60%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2018 (from 4th to 7th)
Blending
55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14,5%

 

Weather conditions

This was a year with many twists and turns!

Winter was rather gloomy, as well as exceptionally mild and rainy. This led to early bud break from the 24th to the 28th of March (variable depending on the estate).

Beautiful, dry weather in the first week of June was accompanied by markedly above-average temperatures. This changed things considerably at the beginning of flowering, which was quick and even (starting on the 2nd of June in the most early-maturing plots). 

However, the profile of the vintage changed radically as of the 20th of June.

Temperatures returned to the seasonal average, although there were a few peaks above 35°C in mid-July. Fruit set and bunch closure took place under very favourable conditions.

The very dry weather brought about moderate water stress conducive to even véraison (colour change), which ended on the 15th of August in late-maturing plots.

Nevertheless, excessive water stress did not occur because reserves had been reconstituted thanks to rainfall in the early part of the year. Furthermore, the von Neipperg vineyards have deeply-rooted vines and excellent soil covering management.

The diurnal temperature difference in August and the first two weeks in September accounted for the very harmonious development of aromas and tannins.

It rained on the 13th and 30th of September, giving a boost to ripening. The grapes already had an attractive freshness and fruitiness at this time!

The month of October was cooler, but still very sunny, which enabled our Cabernet Franc and (rare) Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to ripen perfectly.

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2015

Technical data

Organic Certified by FR-BIO-10.

Harvest dates
19/09 to 06/10/2015
Yield
37 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (55%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2017 (from 26th to 28th)
Blending
55% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2014

Technical data

First vintage Organic Certified by FR-BIO-10.

Harvest dates
25/09 to 09/10/2014
Yield
24 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 35 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled on the 1st of June 2016
Blending
55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2013

Technical data

Harvest dates
27/09 to 09/10/2013
Yield
10 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled on the 15th of April 2015
Blending
70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2012

Technical data

Harvest dates
03/10 to 11/10/2012
Yield
28 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 32 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in March 2014 (24/03 to 25/03)
Blending
50% Merlot 50% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2011

Technical data

Harvest dates
20/09 to 26/09/2011
Yield
33 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 15 months. No fining
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2013 (30/09 to 31/09)
Blending
60% Merlot 32% Cabernet Franc 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2010

Technical data

Harvest dates
05/10 to 20/10/2010
Yield
28 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 32 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (70%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in April 2012
Blending
55% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14.5 %

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2009

Technical data

Harvest dates
01/10 to 10/10/2009
Yield
34 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 35 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in April 2011
Blending
55% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Download the vintage sheet
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Vintage 2008

Technical data

Harvest dates
06/10 to 22/10/2008
Yield
24 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2010
Blending
55% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
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Vintage 2007

Technical data

Harvest dates
02/10 to 11/10/2007
Yield
32 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 17 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2009
Blending
55% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Download the vintage sheet
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Vintage 2006

Technical data

Harvest dates
21/09 to 03/10/2006
Yield
35 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2008
Blending
55% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2005

Technical data

Harvest dates
26/09 to 09/10/2005
Yield
30 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 32 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in Mai 2007
Blending
55% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
14%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
Download the press review

Vintage 2004

Technical data

Harvest dates
04/10 to 18/10/2004
Yield
37 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 30 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in June 2006
Blending
50% Merlot 45% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
Download the press review

Vintage 2003

Technical data

Harvest dates
15/09 to 25/09/2003
Yield
17 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 23 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2005
Blending
45% Merlot 50% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
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Vintage 2002

Technical data

Harvest dates
25/09 to 07/10/2002
Yield
15 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 21 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2004
Blending
70% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2001

Technical data

Harvest dates
01/10 to 10/10/2001
Yield
21 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (85%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2003
Blending
50% Merlot 45% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
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Vintage 2000

Technical data

Harvest dates
22/09 to 04/10/2000
Yield
29 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 26 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2002
Blending
50% Merlot 45% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
Download the press review

Vintage 1999

Technical data

Harvest dates
26/09 to 04/10/1999
Yield
22 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 24 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2001
Blending
60% Merlot 35% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
Download the press review

Vintage 1998

Technical data

Harvest dates
27/09 to 05/10/1998
Yield
24 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 25 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (90%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 2000
Blending
50% Merlot 45% Cabernet Franc 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13.5%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
Download the press review

Vintage 1997

Technical data

Harvest dates
22/09 to 08/10/1997
Yield
21 hl/ha
Winemaking
in wooden vats for 28 days. Extraction by pneumatic pigeage (punching down the cap)
Ageing
in new oak barrels (100%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 1999
Blending
75% Merlot 25% Cabernet Franc
Alcoholic degree
13%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
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Vintage 1996

Technical data

Harvest dates
05/10 to 14/10/1996
Yield
32 hl/ha
Winemaking
in stainless steel vats for 32 days. Extraction by pumping-over
Ageing
in new oak barrels (80%) on the lees for 18 months. No fining or filtering
Bottling
Château-bottled in May 1998
Blending
58% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcoholic degree
13%

Estates
Select a Château:
Château Canon la Gaffelière
Download the fact sheet
Download the vintage sheet
Download the press review