Château-La-Gaffelière St. Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé 2016
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
Château La Gaffelière is situated next to the village of SaintÉmilion and produces two wines: Château La Gaffelière St. Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé and Clos la Gaffelière St. Emilion Grand Cru. With vines planted on south-facing limestone and clay-rich hillsides, Château La Gaffelière wines are complex and built for long aging. A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, they are powerful, supple, and elegant wines. The Merlot is planted at the foot of the slopes in sand and gravel to give freshness and elegance, while the Cabernet Franc offers floral notes. Clos la Gaffelière is selected from the estate’s youngest vines, which are planted in more siliceous soil at foot of the slope and offers marked bursts of fruit and immediacy on the palate.
A warm wine rich in tannins and with succulent berry fruits, this is both powerful and elegant. Its density doesn’t detract from the fruitiness that shines out of the wine and balances with the structured aging potential. Drink the wine from 2025.
This was delicious En Primeur and is even better now with three years under its belt. It's had time to bed down and is fully set for the long term. Wonderfully rich, intense dark fruits are joined by grip and supple tannins through the palate. It has hints of dark chocolate, and a floral edge from the Cabernet Franc. Be in no rush to open this, because it's clearly going to deliver over the next few decades. As of this vintage, we are seeing the blend that the estate hopes to maintain (60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc).
This is really decadent and rich with great aromas of earth, spice, frost flowers and fresh mushrooms that follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Very, very serious from here. A blend of 70 percent Merlot and 30 percent Cabernet Franc. Try after 2025.
The 2016 La Gaffelière is superb. Vivid and precise, with layers of nuance, the 2016 is a wine of real clarity. Blood orange, lavender, rose petal and mint add brightness to this stunningly beautiful Saint-Émilion. La Gaffelière is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, and it is the Franc that gives the wine so much character and complexity. This is just an irresistibly captivating Saint-Émilion. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Simon Blanchard consult
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere opens with compelling wild blueberries, freshly crushed plums and kirsch scents plus hints of garrigue, underbrush, rose hip tea and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant with a soft, velvety texture and seamless freshness carrying the multilayered fruit to a long finish.
This has a suave, cashmere feel, with waves of blackberry and plum reduction rolling through, infused liberally with dark tobacco and black licorice notes. A black tea accent smolders on the finish, complemented by a faint floral echo. This should age into a charmer.