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Saint-Emilion, 06 September 2012 (drinks media wire) – After several months of suspense, the official 2012 classification of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation has just been released.
Stephan von Neipperg created a sensation when it was announced that Château Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte had both received an unprecedented simultaneous promotion, and have been jointly designated Premiers Grands Crus Classés...
Published for the first time in 1955, this classification is unusual in that it is revised every ten years, as opposed to the great growths of the Médoc and Sauternes, whose ranking has remained virtually unchanged since 1855.
La Mondotte, Premier Grand Cru Classé de Saint-Emilion:
recognition for a great «vin de terroir»
The 2012 classification of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation has shaken up the hierarchy by including La Mondotte in the very select circle of Premiers Grands Cru Classés.
This is an outstanding achievement considering that this estate was practically unknown commercially 16 years ago...
Dating from the 19th century, the 4.5-hectare vineyard on the eastern part of the Saint- Emilion plateau was acquired in 1971 by the Counts von Neipperg and their families at the same time as Château Canon La Gaffelière.
Remaining largely unnoticed until the mid-1990s, La Mondotte nevertheless benefited from of the meticulous winemaking approach and philosophy of Stephan von Neipperg and his team.
A style strongly influenced by the clay-limestone soil and age of the vines (average 60 years old) came to the fore starting with the 1996 vintage: wines both powerful and elegant with a silky tannic structure and pronounced minerality.
Soon mistakenly relegated to the «garage wine» category, La Mondotte has never been anything other than a true vin de terroir made in a way that is deeply respectful of the environment.
Like Château Canon La Gaffelière, La Mondotte has been in the process of converting to organic viticulture since the 2011 vintage, in the spirit of sustainable agriculture dear to Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg.
Château Canon La Gaffelière is promoted to a Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé: the ultimate consecration for a complex terroir
The new 2012 classification of the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation has promoted Château Canon La Gaffelière to Premier Grand Cru Classé status.
Already considered as such by the marketplace for two decades, this 19.5 hectare family-owned estate, expertly managed by Count Stephan von Neipperg, has finally received recognition by local professionals for the intrinsic quality of its terroir and the winemaking philosophy applied for the past 25 years.
This unusual terroir, located at the foot of Saint-Emilion slope, consists of clay-limestone and sandy-clay soil that is unusually receptive to the sun’s warmth. The vineyard therefore has an atypical breakdown of grape varieties for the appellation: 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
This very «Cabernet» aspect gives Château Canon La Gaffelière a complex character. Distinguished, elegant, fruity and spicy, with a very mineral flavour, the wine has an unquestionably unique personality.
Like La Mondotte, Château Canon La Gaffelière has been in the process of converting to organic viticulture since the 2011 vintage, in the spirit of sustainable agriculture dear to Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg.
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