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Chateau la Gaffeliere Saint Emilion 2019


The 2019 vintage in Bordeaux is just straight up special. All the wine writers, critics and consumers have chimed in. It’s unanimous.

As the technical director of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild perfectly put it, “I love the vintage because it was always, always delicious. The fruit was delicious before the harvest. The juice was delicious before the vinification, during the vinification, after malolactic and at the beginning of aging.” I’m telling you people…. It was special.

Today, I’m returning with an exclusive on one of the star wines of the entire legendary 2019 vintage in Bordeaux. This one has all the scores – 4 scores of 95 points or more including a 97 from Wine Enthusiast and 96 from James Suckling.

It outclasses and outpoints some of the big names in Bordeaux such as Duhart-Milon, Leoville Poyferre, Le Bon Pasteur and Ducru-Beaucaillou. And from the first second you open the bottle, until the last drop that you shake like crazy to get out, this is one of those bottles that excites you, captures your full attention and doesn’t let go.

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97 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This estate has made a dark, dense wine in this vintage. That density is penetrated by the freshness of the black currant fruits. The result is a wine that is powered both by structure and crisp fruit. There is definitely plenty of aging potential here.

96 Points, James Suckling
A vibrant, fragrant red with aromas of blackberries, currants, walnuts and mint chocolate. Medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. Pretty walnut notes on the polished finish. Fantastic length. Driven acidity and focus.

96 Points, Vinous
The 2019 La Gaffelière is just as impressive as it was en primeur. Bright and tightly wound, La Gaffelière sizzles with energy. Dark red fruit, mocha, blood orange, mint and dried flowers lend striking aromatic presence. There is some youthful austerity here, but nothing time in bottle won’t take care of.

95 Points, Decanter
An estate with a gathering sense of excitement around it, and once again proves why with the 2019. Sleek and flavourful, with the insistent tug of limestone slowing things down and allowing the juice and the tension to really inform the palate. Creamy texture also, with blueberry and raspberry fruit played gently against tobacco and crushed stone minerality. Highly successful.

95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The flagship 2019 Château La Gaffeliere is mostly Merlot, yet the cuvée always includes around 15% Cabernet Franc. It offers a complex array of spiced red and black fruits, cedary herbs, lead pencil, and a kiss of tobacco to go with a medium-bodied, elegant, impressively balanced style on the palate. It shows the more classic style of the vintage, has no hard edges, and is going to be relatively accessible in its youth yet also age gracefully.

95 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 La Gaffelière wafts from the glass with a rich bouquet of blackberries and cherries mingled with subtle hints of burning embers and loamy soil that’s framed by a deft application of creamy new oak. Medium to full-bodied, deep and seamless, it’s a concentrated, vibrant wine built around bright acids and fine, powdery tannins. Its vivid fruit tones and classical balance make this Cabernet Franc-rich blend a promising candidate for sustained bottle age. Anyone who has tasted the great wines this estate produced in the 1950’s and 1960’s knows how great this site can be; and with stricter selection as well as the elimination of fruit from vines growing on the plain from the blend, that potential appears to be being unleashed at last.