This beauty (a blend of 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc) is a hugely fragrant and floral wine offering an array of aromas and a medium-bodied palate with delicious ripe blackberry, black cherry and spice flavours.
2017 was a difficult year in St Emilion but not only did Gaffeliere produce a stunner, they produced possibly their best wine ever.
A special wine for a special occasion perhaps, but worth the search for that special occasion!!
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
97 Points, The 2017 La Gaffeliere is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal fragrant scents of kirsch, black raspberries and warm plums plus suggestions of unsmoked cigars, rosehip tea and underbrush. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic elegance and sophistication, with tons of bright, perfumed fruit and exquisitely ripe tannins, finishing with bags of freshness and energy. Since the lower-lying sections of La Gaffeliere were affected by frost this year, this wine mainly comes from the section up on the Saint-Émilion plateau, near Ausone. Truly impressive!
96 Points, This wine has good structure, delicious black-currant fruits and powerful tannins. Its dry core will drive this wine forward as it matures. The aftertaste brings out the fruitiness of the vintage. Drink from 2024.
93 points, Floral and elegant from the start, with lilac and violet notes streaming forth, followed by cassis, cherry puree and raspberry reduction flavors. A lovely snap of anise and a subtle apple wood accent help to frame the finish, which shows good latent energy. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2022 through 2038.