Château La Gaffelière, along with Cheval Blanc and Angelus, is at the centre of the contention embroiling the St-Emilion Classification, with all three estates declaring they are withdrawing their wines from the forthcoming 2022 reclassification. Quality at La Gaffelière, a premier grand cru classé (B), has risen rapidly in recent vintages under Alexandre de Malet-Roquefort, whose family have owned the estate since the 17th century. It seems the St-Emilion Wine Council can't keep up with the changes, basing their analysis on older vintages and, most controversially, employing amateur tasters.
The whole issue seems likely to serve as a lens crystallising the rise of La Gaffelière and at just £288 per six bottles and with 95-97 points from Galloni ("a wine of extraordinary finesse and class") we recommend this as a buy.
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|RED||2021||Château La Gaffelière||75cl||£288 per case of 6||Château La Gaffelière
2021 / / 75cl
£288 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"Cask sample. Bright crimson hue. Elegant demeanour with perfumed, red-berry fruit aromas and layered fruit on the palate. Tannins present but finely honed. Long, persistent finish. Matière and potential. Drink 2028 – 2042. 16.5+ points" jancisrobinson.com (JL)------"A notable success in this vintage, the 2021 La Gaffelière offers up aromas of sweet cherries and berries mingled with notions of licorice, loamy soil and spices. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and enveloping, it's supple and charming, with a fleshy core of fruit, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins, concluding with impressive persistence. Tasted four times, twice at the château. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com------"A very precise and curated wine with ultra-fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Medium body. Dark berry and dark chocolate flavors and a creamy finish. Classy. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com------"The 2021 La Gaffelière was picked September 22 to October 15, and matured in 60% French new oak. There is a healthy 42% Cabernet Franc here. The nose is quite open with black cherry, blueberry and touches of violet and peony; the oak is nicely integrated. In the mouth, this is medium-bodied with fine delineation, good focus and real midpalate weight. Conveying good intensity and vibrancy, this continues a strong run for this Saint-Émilion estate. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com------"The 2021 La Gaffelière is a wine of extraordinary finesse and class. Time in the glass brings out striking depth and complexity. The aromatics alone are beguiling but everything about the 2021 speaks to elegance. Crushed red berry fruit, rose petals, blood orange, mint and saline notes punctuate the finish. 95-97 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com