2017 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1357382 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Gaffeliere has pronounced cassis, baked plums and blackberry pie notes with suggestions of lavender, baking spices and rose hip tea. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins, an electric intensity of bright black and blue fruits and wonderful freshness, finishing long and minerally. (LPB) 95-97+  (4/2018)

94-97 points Vinous

 The 2017 La Gaffelière is without question one of the wines of the vintage in Saint- Émilion. Bright, precise and wonderfully lifted, the 2017 is all precision. Exquisite aromatics and lively, red-toned fruit infuse this mid-weight, remarkably pure Saint-Émilion. Spice, blood orange and floral notes add the closing layers of nuance. The 2017 really dazzles. Don't miss it. (AG)  (5/2018)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a powerful wine, with great power and richness from concentrated fruit and dense tannins. The ripe black fruits are impressive, solid and intense. It will age well for many years; try after 2023. (RV)  (4/2018)

94-95 points James Suckling

 This very long and powerful yet all in balance and harmony. Full body and layered and chewy tannins. Softness and depth. Excellence for the vintage.  (4/2018)

90-93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The Grand Vin is the 2017 Château La Gaffelière. It’s a medium-bodied, balanced, downright pretty 2017 that shows the seamless, mid-weight style of the vintage nicely. Black raspberries, violets, and exotic spices all emerge from this purple-colored effort. It’s impeccably balanced, has integrated acidity, and fine tannin, all making it a high-quality wine from the vintage. It should keep for 10-15 years.  (4/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Pretty similar dark crimson to the 2016. Very sweet start, and polished tannins. Not trying to be a blockbuster. This will be an extremely satisfactory lunchtime claret. Fast maturing. Good balance. 16.5/20  (5/2018)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2018 | Send Email
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So lush and lovely. It frosted on their lower vineyards and so only their hillside grapes were used in the blend! Precise and focused wine. Reminds me of the 1953 and 1962 that I recently drank ! This wine IS MUCH better than their 2015 or 2016. A must buy
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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2018 | Send Email
The 2017 La Gaffeliere is a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cab franc and our entire BDX team agrees that this a beautiful wine. Perfectly ripe, sweet red fruit with silky texture and brilliant elegance! Also a fantastic value. Ralph Sands

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion