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Chateau La Gaffeliere 2017

Chateau La Gaffeliere 2017
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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

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