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2018 La Gaffelière, St. Emilion (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1417772 95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Fine tannins with a bold structure bond with the succulent fruit. A high proportion of Cabernet Franc perfumes and delicious blackberry fruits sustain its richness. It will age well. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Gaffelière is once again one of the finest and most pedigreed wines in Saint-Émilion and all of Bordeaux for that matter. The high percentage of Cabernet Franc (37%) gives the wine striking aromatic nuance and complexity, as well as fabulous drive. Rose petal, sage, mint and blood orange all soar out of the glass in a stunning Saint-Émilion loaded with class and personality. Consulting winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt has turned out another gem at this revitalized property. The blend is 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Features a beautiful beam of cassis, bitter cherry and raspberry fruit streaming through, laced with chalky minerality and backed by floral and spice accents, all allied to a polished, luxurious feel that doesn't sacrifice definition or drive. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark La Gaffelière have really started to build a head of steam with its latest release, and it's certainly an estate to follow. Confirming my thoughts at the En Primeur tastings, this is a powerful wine with a rich creaminess through the mid-palate. There's no question about its ageing ability, and the blend gets the mix right between the saline lick of limestone and the brambled exuberance of St-Emilion fruit. A delicious, complex yet pared-back wine with layers of tannin that cradle rather than crush. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

95-96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The blue-fruit and sea-salt character is fascinating in this. Full-bodied yet tight and very focused. It really lasts for minutes on the palate. Forceful but full of finesse as well. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 La Gaffeliere reveals classically sophisticated scents of ripe black plums, warm blackberries and cigar box with touches of star anise, dried Provence herbs, chocolate mint and truffles. Full-bodied, it has a solid backbone of ripe, rounded tannins and lovely freshness lifting the densely layered fruit to a long finish. (LPB) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The grand vin of the estate, the 2018 Château La Gaffelière is a brilliant wine offering pure crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as fabulous minerality. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and elegant on the palate, it’s not a blockbuster but shines for its purity, balance, and just gorgeous texture. It will drink well with 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

K&L Notes

94-96 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 La Gaffelière is a little closed on the nose at present, demands coaxing before revealing scents of blackberry, bilberry and white pepper aromas. There is something...enigmatic about the bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins. The oak is beautifully integrated and there is real tension and mineralité on the finish. I must confess that I was not expecting this to be as good as it shows. It is an outstanding La Gaffelière that will age with panache. In over 20 years of tasting this property, this is easily the finest that I have encountered." (11/2019)


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