2020 - Ch La Gaffelière 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06C0GAFF6PK _ 2020 - Ch La Gaffelière 1er Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2030 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl

2020 CH LA GAFFELIÈRE 1ER GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Gaffelière
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2030 - 2050
Case size
6x75cl
Available Later
In Bond
Case price £295.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • NM

    Neal Martin, May 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2020 La Gaffelière has an intriguing, complex nose, a mélange of red and black fruit, cigar box, undergrowth and mint, quite mercurial in the glass as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, a beautiful seam of acidity and perhaps the most satin-like texture I have encountered on a young La Gaffelière. It sashays to a harmonious and precise finish and lingers with wonderful mineralité. This is a magnificent prospect. Drink 2028 - 2060

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
    Score: 96-98

    The 2020 La Gaffelière is simply magnificent. Soaring, regal aromatics are immediately alluring. Deep and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2020 is vibrant and packed to the core. In 2020, the tannins are especially fine and silky for a Saint-Émilion that often shows a bit more tension in its youth. Bright red cherry, blood orange, mocha, spice, dried herbs and leather envelop the palate effortlessly. I imagine the 2020 will provide readers with many decades of exceptional drinking. It is another superb effort from a property that continues to impress. Drink 2032 - 2050

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2021,
    Score: 96-97

    Blackberry and black-olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with layers of fine tannins that fill the mouth. Expansive finish. The tannins are very fine, but abundant. Really impressive.

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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.