2005 - Ch La Gaffelière 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06A5GAFF _ 2005 - Ch La Gaffelière 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 12x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2014 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2005 CH LA GAFFELIÈRE 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2014 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,112.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP2

    Robert Parker, April 2008,
    Score: 96

    The finest La Gaffeliere I have ever tasted, the prodigious 2005 boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a flamboyant bouquet of lead pencil shavings, creme de cassis, blackberries, smoked meats, incense, and Asian spice. Fabulously deep and full-bodied as well as ethereal and exceptionally elegant for its explosive richness and intensity, its lightness of being reflects the vineyard's sensational terroir. This succulent beauty appears to be approachable, but that beliessome significant tannins. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030+.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2007,
    Score: 92-95

    Clearly the finest wine made at this estate since the 1961 and 1947, La Gaffeliere's superb 2005offers up notes of graphite, black cherry and blackberry liqueur, smoke, licorice, and barbecue spice. Possessing stunning elegance along with superb depth, brilliant precision, and moderately high tannin, this medium to full-bodied wine is a phenomenal effort from a exceptional site that appears to be ready to join St.-Emilion's elite estates. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2006,
    Score: 92-95

    This vin de garde is potentially the finest La Gaffeliere I have ever tasted. Its dense purple color, huge tannin, gorgeous ripeness (blackberries, cherries, creosote, graphite), medium to full body, stunning elegance and purity, and expansive texture suggest this dazzling St.-Emilion will be at its finest between 2013-2030+.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 06,
    Score: 15

    Lively maroon. Very little nose. Treacly/molasses-like and very hard work. Tannins dry the mouth long before any flavour can be discerned. A real sandpaper on the inside of the mouth! There were obviously some very ripe little grapes in here but it's a devil of a job to get at them through the layers of winemaking. Bread, please! Drink 2017-24.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2006,
    Score: 92-94

    Incredible aromas of crushed raspberry and blueberry. Full-bodied, with firm and chewy tannins and a long finish. Lovely already.

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Producer

Château la Gaffelière

Château La Gaffelière is located just outside the old city walls of St. Emilion. Unlike its peers who value flamboyant fruit and upfront power, Château La Gaffelière produces wines that are notably elegant and refined making them gently appealing, though perhaps not the longest lived. Robert Parker equals this Château with a third growth Médoc in terms of quality and describes it "as an interesting buy among St.-Emilion first growths." (Bordeaux, 2003)

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.