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2018 La Gaffelière, St-Emilion 6-Pack in OWC (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1417773 99 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Gaffelière is hands down one of the wines of the vintage. Towering in its stature and vertical lift, the 2018 dazzles right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and leather all run through this deep, wonderfully pliant Saint-Émilion. The 2018 is rich, deep and beautifully resonant, with tremendous depth and tons of stature that builds, all framed by beams of supporting minerality that confer vibrancy. La Gaffelière is distinctive, alluring and arresting right out of the gate. It is another magnificent showing from this reborn estate. The blend is 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc. Magnifique! (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 La Gaffeliere is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to offer peeks at notions of stewed red and black plums, mulberries and Morello cherries, plus hints of damp earth, tar and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, delivering crunchy red and black fruits with an approachable texture of fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long with a lifted perfume. This is a refreshing, beautifully perfumed and skillfully crafted expression of the vintage. Give it 4-5 years in bottle and then enjoy it over the next 20 years+. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This estate is on a roll. Replete with powerful tannins and dense black fruits, this latest release continues the succession of fine vintages. Perfumed, ripe with berry flavors and, more importantly, with rich tannins, the wine will age impressively. Drink from 2027. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The combination of Cabernet Franc and limestone give this wine both a beautifully floral-laced nose, and a sense of energy and lift as it travels through the palate. Extremely light-footed for a wine at 14.5 ABV%, barely discernible and the black fruits are followed by juice at every step of the way. Good stuff. (JA) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of black cherries, flowers and cedar with sandalwood and stone. It’s full-bodied and very intense with wonderfully polished tannins that caress your palate and take you away. Give this time to come together. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Expressive and pure, with a long and refined set of cassis, bitter cherry and damson plum flavors entwined with bright savory and taut chalky mineral notes. The fruit darkens a bit through the finish and this adds some flesh and drive as it airs in the glass. Very solid. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

PLEASE NOTE: This product is 6 bottles in its Original Wooden Case (OWC), sold only as a 6-bottle case to protect ideal provenance. If the wines must be shipped, they will be sent in pulp shippers to protect the bottles, with the wood case shipped separately. Will Call or Local Delivery orders can be handled as intact OWCs. Please detail any special handling requests at checkout online, or call us with specific instructions. 95 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 La Gaffelière remains quite backward on the nose; the aromatics are biding their time but will be very attractive, offering pure black cherry, bilberry and light marine aromas that are very well defined. The palate is underpinned by fine, almost filigreed tannins and a superb bead of acidity. This La Gaffelière is harmonious on the finish with seamlessly integrated oak. It should mature beautifully over the next 20–30 years and evolve into one of the standout Saint-Émilions of this vintage." (3/2021)


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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2021 | Send Email
This is one of my clear wines of the vintage. Tasted three times, once at the château, all with consistent results. About half of La Gaffelière's holdings are neighbor to Ausone on the hillside right next to the town of Saint-Emilion. In the past few vintages, they've sourced more of their Grand Vin from this plot, and it shows. Good, pure red fruit with a delicate floral aroma leads to an extraordinary and elegant palate that echoes the red fruit profile and ends with bright acidity and balanced tannin. There is 60% new oak here, but it is invisible. This is a take-notice vintage for La Gaffelière.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2021 | Send Email
This was the star of St-Emilion during the 2018 en primeur campaign. The addition of excellent Cabernet Franc vines shone through with aromas of roses, peppery red fruit, and graphite on the nose. The texture was very elegant already with wonderful concentration of fruit and tannin on the palate and wonderful acidity that lends to a long, fresh, and balanced finish.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2021 | Send Email
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42% Cabernet Franc and 58% Merlot. FABULOUS wine and one of the top Right Bank wines we tasted. Rose petal aromas and sweet red berry fruit flavors. Pure, elegant, sweet, and delicious. I could go on and on. Their new plan of only using their top vineyard for the first wine has paid off in spades. A must-buy for Bordeaux collectors.
Drink from 2022 to 2040

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