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2018 Château La Gaffeliere

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ITEM 8365768 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

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$65
Item Sold Amount Date
I8365768 1 $65 Aug 7, 2022
I8292416 1 $75 Jun 26, 2022
I8233082 1 $75 May 22, 2022
I8176609 1 $80 Apr 10, 2022
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RATINGS

99Vinous / IWC

Inky dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and leather all run through this deep, wonderfully pliant Saint-Émilion...rich, deep and beautifully resonant, with tremendous depth and tons of stature that builds, all framed by beams of supporting minerality that confer vibrancy.

97The Wine Advocate

...notions of stewed red and black plums, mulberries and Morello cherries, plus hints of damp earth, tar and bouquet garni. Medium to full-bodied...delivering crunchy red and black fruits with an approachable texture of fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness, finishing long with a lifted perfume.

97Wine Enthusiast

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...

95James Suckling

Aromas of black cherries, flowers and cedar with sandalwood and stone. It’s full-bodied and very intense with wonderfully polished tannins...

94Wine Spectator

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.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...classic, mineral-laced style as well as a terrific mix of finesse and richness. Black raspberries, cassis, graphite, white flowers, and chalky minerality give way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless 2018 that offers plenty of concentration, a lively, focused texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish.

16.5Jancis Robinson

Distinctive nose of blueberries. Round and energetic with real drive. Long.

PRODUCER

Château La Gaffeliere

Château La Gaffeliere is a Premier Grand Cru Classe B estate in St.-Emilion. The 54-acre estate is just west of Château Pavie and south of the town of St.-Emilion. For more than four centuries the estate has been owned by the de Malet-Roquefort family. The estate is planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. About 85,000 bottles are produced annually. The second wine is Clos La Gaffeliere. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that La Gaffeliere exhibits “a style of its own (and) it will surprise tasters used to New Wave flamboyant St.-Emilions, but it is seductive in its own way…"

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.