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La Gaffeliere 2016

La Gaffeliere

Case Format: 6x75cl

Max score: 96.0

Straddling the fine line between tradition and modernity, Château La Gaffelière have created an excellent wine that is emblematic of the Saint-Émilion appellation. The château exists in a unique location on the slopes nestled between Pavie and Ausone on an ancient site that was once thought to have been a Roman estate. The 22-hectare vineyard is grown on three terroirs that comprise a limestone plateau and siliceous soil, and is planted with Merlot (c.70%) and Cabernet Franc (c.30%). The end result? A distinctive, characterful wine that is both racy and silky.



Neal Martin

The 2016 La Gaffeliere has a reserved bouquet at first, one that gradually unfurls with quite intense black cherry and sloes, yet there seems to be a welcome restraint, a Saint Emilion that knows how important it was to not "push" the fruit too much. The palate is medium-bodied with very smooth and rounded tannin. The acidity here is nicely judged, and it feels very cohesive, with dark berry fruit mixed with a little cola and plenty of black pepper towards the satisfying finish. Maybe it would benefit from more on the aftertaste, but otherwise this is an excellent La Gaffelière, a château that is now beginning to deliver the goods.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Deep garnet in color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere has a nose of stewed red plums, black cherries, and kirsch, followed by hints of aniseed, mossy tree bark, and truffles. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and refined, delivering great freshness with soft tannins and an earthy finish.


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