Château La Gaffelière 2018

 In bond ex VATA case of 12 Bottles (75cl)

An Exceptional Premier Grand Cru Classé of Saint-Émilion

Produced by a prestigious Premier Grand Cru Classé B of Saint-Émilion, the Château La Gaffelière 2018 offers a magnificent expression of the terroir and grape varieties of this emblematic appellation on the right bank of Bordeaux.

2018 will be remembered as a year marked by strong climatic contrasts, with a very rainy winter and spring. Château La Gaffelière managed to escape the hailstorms that hit Bordeaux at the end of May. The property was exposed to significant mildew pressure until the end of July. The beautiful summer then brought with it scorching hot temperatures.

More than usual, the effort and attention of the technical teams at Château La Gaffelière were key to get the best out of the vines. Begun with the Merlot on September 10 and ending on October 9 with the Cabernet Franc, the harvest took place in the best conditions. Once the grapes were harvested manually, they were stored in a cold room for 12 hours, at a temperature of 7 degrees before being sorted by optical sorting. The juices were then vinified parcel by parcel in a gravity-fed vat, without the use of sulfur.

The Grand Vin of the property, the Château La Gaffelière 2018 was aged for 14 to 16 months in oak barrels, 60% of which are new oak. The vintage blends Merlot (58%) and Cabernet Franc (42%).

Parker : 94-96 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 La Gaffeliere reveals classically sophisticated scents of ripe black plums, warm blackberries and cigar box with touches of star anise, dried Provence herbs, chocolate mint and truffles. Full-bodied, it has a solid backbone of ripe, rounded tannins and lovely freshness lifting the densely layered fruit to a long finish.
BordeauxSaint-Emilion
Vineyard
Libournais

Grape varieties
Merlot/Cabernet Franc

Dessert wine
No

Environment
Sustainable viticulture

J. Suckling
95-96

Vinous - A. Galloni
94-97

Wine Spectator
94-97

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Area
Bordeaux

Appellation
Saint-Emilion

Color
Red

Producer
Château La Gaffelière

Classification
1er grand cru classé "B"

Parker
94-96

Allergens
Contains sulphites