Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere 'Saint-Emilion' Grand Cru Classe 2005
Although an old property with viticultural history dating back to the 17th century when the Comte de Malets-Roqueforts bought extensive real-estate, including the site of a leper colony, and rented out large parts to share-croppers.This vineyard came to prominence when Boitard de la Poterie family bought and cultivated what became known as Canon-Boitard, while the remaining land retained by the Malets-Roqueforts would become Château La Gaffelière.Both the estates apply the word gaffet, which translates to leper.
In 1971 the estate was bought by Joseph-Hubert, Graf von Neipperg, and in 1985 passed control to his son Comte Stephan von Neipperg, the current proprietor. Accredited with much of the success of the estate, his other properties include Clos de l'Oratoire and the "super-cuvée" La Mondotte.
Having once been an exponent of modern techniques in winemaking, including microoxygenation,von Neipperg has become critical of his own earlier vintages. Since the early 2000s he has reverted Canon-la-Gaffelière to a style of moderation aiming at a truer expression of wine, and is quoted saying "I don't make plum pudding".
The estate's consultant is the self-taught oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt.