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Chateau La Gaffeliere Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2023

Château La Gaffelière 2023 is another fabulous wine from this estate that has had the critics singing its praises, as we did when we tasted it earlier this year. The 40% of Cabernet Franc in the... blend adds to its richness and flavour. At £540 per case (12x75cl), a 21% drop in price from last year, it is both a blue-chip investment-grade wine and a wine that will be outstanding for drinking in a few years’ time. It is a wine we follow every year with good reason and comes highly recommended by us all. “The 2023 La Gaffeliere is deep garnet-purple in color. It slowly emerges from the glass with fragrant scents of boysenberries, fresh juicy plums, and black raspberries opening out to hints of lilacs, Sichuan pepper, fragrant soil, and cardamom. The medium to full-bodied palate is exquisitely knit with filigree layers of black and red berries and floral accents, supported by plush tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long and perfumed. Wow! The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, with pH 3.50.” 96-98 Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, “The 2023 La Gaffelière is very pure and floral on the nose, with black cherries intermingling with violet and iris flower scents. The new oak is neatly integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and layers of lightly spiced black fruit. Cedar and graphite furnish the poised but persistent finish. This is another in a succession of impressive wines from this estate that just oozes sensuality. Superb.” 94-96 Points Neal Martin “The center-palate reflects excellent terroir, with blackberry, black-olive and walnut aromas and flavors. Tight center-palate with firm but creamy tannins and a flavorful, classy finish.” 94-95 Points James Suckling “The 2023 La Gaffelière is a dense, powerful wine. As has been the case since 2018, La Gaffelière has a strong Franc component—40% in 2023. Usually, the aromatics are quite lifted, but this wine is rather dense. Nothing in particular stands out, as all the elements are impeccably balanced. This will need time to be at its best, but it shows promise. The introduction of 500-liter barrels and a reduction of new oak closes the wine a bit, but there's a ton of raw energy here and a good bit of tannin, too. 2030 – 2048” 93-96 Points Antonio Galloni “Love the depth and the vibrant fruit character here, and the vivid reflections to the colour. Chalky, fresh, extremely vibrant, real mineral pumice stone textire, and a clear reminder of its limestone soils. Aged in barrels and large oak casks. Tasted twice. Now withdrawn from the St Emilion classification. Alexandre de Malet-Roquefort owner.” 94 Points Jane Anson
Pack Size: 12x75cl£540 (In Bond)
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In Bond£540En Primeur
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