Château La Gaffelière

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend

9.1300 ratings
9.142 pro ratings
St. Émilion, Libournais, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
Gregory Fulchiero

More developed than anticipated - piercing acid, hoisin and soy sauce, mushrooms, dried leather, and forest floor. Perhaps an off bottle considering other notes.

More developed than anticipated - piercing acid, hoisin and soy sauce, mushrooms, dried leather, and forest floor. Perhaps an off bottle considering other notes.

Nov 5th, 2019
Jeff D.

Challenging vintage be damned! After a solid hour and a half of breathing this wine was opulent and seductive. Smooth dark fruit and lingering finish made for a wonderful sipping experience. Not to mention they were enjoyed on a French terrace which improved the overall experience. 🤙🏻👌😎

Challenging vintage be damned! After a solid hour and a half of breathing this wine was opulent and seductive. Smooth dark fruit and lingering finish made for a wonderful sipping experience. Not to mention they were enjoyed on a French terrace which improved the overall experience. 🤙🏻👌😎

Jul 10th, 2019
Kristin the Wine Girl

Cranberry and cherry flavors with gracefully aged body, leading to woodsy cloves and tawny undertones reflective of the color, burnt orange to orange red hues in the glass.

Cranberry and cherry flavors with gracefully aged body, leading to woodsy cloves and tawny undertones reflective of the color, burnt orange to orange red hues in the glass.

May 19th, 2019
Chris Tanghe

Drinking fairly well right now considering the era

Drinking fairly well right now considering the era

Jul 21st, 2018
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.1

Excellent 2005! When it was young it was full throttle, fruit driven with blue and black fruits. Now it still has that fruit but also some lovely secondary notes (espresso, truffle, asphalt and spice box) ... Took an hour to open up and could've used at least an hour in decanter. Start drinking now and enjoy over the following 20 years. It has the stuffing

Excellent 2005! When it was young it was full throttle, fruit driven with blue and black fruits. Now it still has that fruit but also some lovely secondary notes (espresso, truffle, asphalt and spice box) ... Took an hour to open up and could've used at least an hour in decanter. Start drinking now and enjoy over the following 20 years. It has the stuffing

3 people found it helpfulMar 16th, 2016
Philippe Dauguet

De la Truffe à gogo !

De la Truffe à gogo !

2 people found it helpfulAug 10th, 2014
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9.6

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. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

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. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019)

1 person found it helpfulNov 15th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Dark cassis and dry florals on the nose. Dry tannins, lean body, blackberries, stewed plum, blueberries, dark cherries, old leather, dry brown earth, dry tobacco, coffee grounds, leafs, high acid and a finish that falls a little flat. All these 2000's are just entering their first stage of drinkability. They still need 10-15 more years. And generally, the right bank wines from 2000 don't shine as well as the left bank wines

Dark cassis and dry florals on the nose. Dry tannins, lean body, blackberries, stewed plum, blueberries, dark cherries, old leather, dry brown earth, dry tobacco, coffee grounds, leafs, high acid and a finish that falls a little flat. All these 2000's are just entering their first stage of drinkability. They still need 10-15 more years. And generally, the right bank wines from 2000 don't shine as well as the left bank wines

1 person found it helpfulOct 29th, 2016
Alex Jones

Marketing/Development Kunni/Westerly Wines

9.2

Perfect now. Drink up.

Perfect now. Drink up.

1 person found it helpfulJan 25th, 2013
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.1

Drinking amazingly well! Fresh Bordeaux at a perfect place. 2011 seems to be a great restaurant vintage. Fleshy and ripe merlot / cab franc. Happy Easter!

Drinking amazingly well! Fresh Bordeaux at a perfect place. 2011 seems to be a great restaurant vintage. Fleshy and ripe merlot / cab franc. Happy Easter!

Apr 16th, 2017