chateau la gaffeliere premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru 2017
WINE SPECTATOR
93
JEB DUNNUCK
91

2017 chateau la gaffeliere premier grand cru classe b, saint-emilion grand cru

Why We're Buying

Château La Gaffelière (St. Émilion Premier Grand Cru) is one of the oldest, family-owned vineyards on the Right Bank, going back to the 15th century. The wine estate is also getting better with age. Its flagship merlot-dominant blend earned its highest-ever rating on Wine-Searcher.com in 2019.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
93

Wine Spectator

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.

JEB DUNNUCK
91

Jeb Dunnuck

Jeb Dunnuck

DECANTER
93

Decanter

Richly layered, clearly one of the best in this flight, with mouth-watering minerality (for me, that quality always come across as texture not taste). This is an excellent wine, intense in the way that not many are in 2017. Austere but ready to grow, it has bedded down and improved over ageing. An unusual blend because of the frost, but one that they are going to stick to over the long term. Drinking Window 2024 - 2040

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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!

JAMES SUCKLING
93

James Suckling

There are some sappy and leafy elements to the nose with a thread of red berries and fresh blueberries. The palate has plush, lithe and juicy appeal with smoothly rendered tannins and juicy, crunchy acidity. Drink or hold.

WINE ENTHUSIAST
96

Wine Enthusiast

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.