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La Gaffeliere 2016 (750ML)
95+ Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "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." 11/18
96 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "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." 1/19 "The 2016 La Gaffelière is not a huge Saint-Émilion, but rather a wine of total finesse and class. I loved it. 4/17
96 Points, James Suckling: "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 per cent merlot and 30 per cent cabernet franc. Try after 2025." 2/19
"92-95 Points, Wine Spectator: ""Lively, with light savory and spearmint hints flecked throughout, while the core of currant and fig fruit sits atop some medium-weight brambly grip. A good juicy edge through the finish pulls it together. Very solid"" 4/17"
94 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter: "The work in the vineyards over the past decade has included extensive replanting of around 40% of the vines, bringing the Cabernet Franc levels back up to where they were in the early part of the 20th century. It's really paying off now - the 2016 has a sense of power and restraint, with clear spicing and freshly cut herbs accompanying firm, deep tannins and autumn hedgerow fruits. A lovely wine, and one that will age well. 50% new oak." 10/18