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

SKU #1357382 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 La Gaffeliere is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant scents of kirsch, black raspberries and warm plums plus suggestions of unsmoked cigars, rosehip tea and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and sophistication, with tons of bright, perfumed fruit and exquisitely ripe tannins, finishing with bags of freshness and energy. Since the lower-lying sections of La Gaffeliere were affected by frost this year, this wine mainly comes from the section up on the Saint-Émilion plateau, near Ausone. Truly impressive! (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 La Gaffelière possesses off-the-charts aromatic intensity in a mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. Wild rose petals, blood orange and spice give the 2017 striking aromatic intensity. Medium in body, lithe and supremely gracious, the 2017 is one of the real highlights of this challenging vintage. It is such a gorgeous wine. Don't miss it. (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine has good structure, delicious black-currant fruits and powerful tannins. Its dry core will drive this wine forward as it matures. The aftertaste brings out the fruitiness of the vintage. Drink from 2024. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Richly layered, clearly one of the best in this flight, with mouth-watering minerality (for me, that quality always come across as texture not taste). This is an excellent wine, intense in the way that not many are in 2017. Austere but ready to grow, it has bedded down and improved over ageing. An unusual blend because of the frost, but one that they are going to stick to over the long term. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040. (JA) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark There are some sappy and leafy elements to the nose with a thread of red berries and fresh blueberries. The palate has plush, lithe and juicy appeal with smoothly rendered tannins and juicy, crunchy acidity. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Floral and elegant from the start, with lilac and violet notes streaming forth, followed by cassis, cherry puree and raspberry reduction flavors. A lovely snap of anise and a subtle apple wood accent help to frame the finish, which shows good latent energy. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2038. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

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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
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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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