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Chateau La Gaffeliere 2017

Chateau La Gaffeliere 2017
$948 a case of 12 Bottles (750ML) | $79 / Unit
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    The Depth and Purity of a Stylish Saint-Emilion

    An embodiment of the unique and sensual persona of the great terroir of Saint-Emilion, Chateau La Gaffeliere triumphs vintage after vintage along with the greatest wines de Bordeaux. Managed with he signature enthusiasm of Alexandre de Malet Roquefort, along with a dynamic team advised by renowned oenologist Stephane Derenoncourt, this 1st Grand Cru Classe B estate has achieved great precision while maintaining the harmony and elegance typical of its wines.

    Product of an atypical vintage, the Chateau La Gaffeliere 2017 has once again become one of the most successful wines of its appellation. Although the the frost episodes at the end of April did not spare the lower end of the vineyard of La Gaffeliere, those plots that were not frozen managed to develop under favorable conditions grapes with perfect ripeness before harvest. The fruit presented a good balance between sugar and acidity, and a great freshness of aromas.

    A landmark of power and precision, the Chateau La Gaffelière 2017 expresses the elegance and class of Cabernet Franc (45%) and Merlot (55%) from the great clay-limestone terroirs of the coast. Intense and exquisite, the aromatic bouquet is delicately polished by elegant floral notes, exploding with black fruit flavors and revealing the freshness of bitter orange, along with the soft spicy notes. The palate dazzles with its dense texture, revealing the fineness of the tannic grain. The mid-palate is consistent, with a softness and generosity of fruit, which relaxes its tension on a long and intense finish. The freshness of the finish emphasizes the mineral footprint of the terroir. An immense success for a vintage, promising a great future ahead of it.

    Parker : 97 / 100
    J. Suckling : 93 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    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!
    BordeauxSaint-Emilion
    Alcohol
    14

    Grape varieties
    Merlot/Cabernet Franc

    Dessert wine
    No

    Environment
    Sustainable

    J. Robinson
    16+

    J. Suckling
    93

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    97

    Wine Spectator
    93

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Libournais

    Region
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Saint-Emilion

    Color
    Red

    Producer
    Chateau La Gaffeliere

    Classification
    1er grand cru classé "B"

    Parker
    97

    Allergens
    Contains sulfites

    On Special
    No

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