2020 La Gaffelière, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539530 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Deep purple-black colored, the 2020 La Gaffeliere gallops out of the glass with exuberant scents of crushed black plums, boysenberries and fresh blackberries, plus hints of eucalyptus, dark chocolate, crushed rocks and iron ore, with a waft of lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate shimmers with compelling energy, delivering layers of black and red berries with fantastic tension and finely grained tannins, finishing very long and wonderfully minerally. (LPB) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2020 La Gaffelière has an intriguing, complex nose, a mélange of red and black fruit, cigar box, undergrowth and mint, quite mercurial in the glass as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, a beautiful seam of acidity and perhaps the most satin-like texture I have encountered on a young La Gaffelière. It sashays to a harmonious and precise finish and lingers with wonderful mineralité. This is a magnificent prospect. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Blackberry and black-olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with layers of fine tannins that fill the mouth. Expansive finish. The tannins are very fine, but abundant. Really impressive. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

95-97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Incredibly perfumed from the rich Cabernet Franc that gives this wine its real identity. A fine smoky character shines through the firm tannins. This and the wine's delicious fruits promise great things as it develops. (RV) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark An run of successful vintages at La Gaffeliere, and this again proves why it is an estate to watch, striking an expert balance between power and finesse. Offers a ton of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and damson fruits, licorice root and crushed stone, just gorgeously juicy and stretches out across the palate. Austere tannins at this point, plenty of limestone character, a little tight on the finish but with a velvet texture and promises to age with grace. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2021)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Liquorice, soy, black cherry and a touch of floral character too. Succulent and bright, appreciably light touch for this concentrated vintage. Surprisingly drinkable even now, with fine tannins and appetising acidity. Long finish with noticeable but not intrusive oak spice. Very tempting. Possibly even GV? 17+/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (5/2021)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2021 | Send Email
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One of the best 2020s I have tasted. Fabulous aromas of black raspberry and blackberry. Very perfumey. Quite full-bodied-thick and palate filling. Lush, sweet, and sexy. Seamless-regal. A super value for sure. Tastiing at the property-20% less production than 2019. 60% Merlot and 40% Cab Franc. Asian spice aromas with some chocolate thrown in. Super fresh and elegant. Brings back memories of the great La Gaffeliere’s -1953-1955-1959-1961-1964.
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