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91-92pts, James Suckling
Vivid and fruity with hints of blackberry and mineral undertones. Medium to full body and a tight palate. Savory and delicious already.

90pts, Jeb Dunnuck

The second wine of La Gaffelière and made with consulting advice from Claude Gros, the 2016 Clos La Gaffelière is based on 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc brought up in a mix of barrel and concrete. It’s an elegant, medium-bodied Saint Emilion with good complexity (black cherries, ground earth, damp earth), moderate tannins, good concentration, and a clean, length finish. It’s upfront and ready to go, but I suspect it will keep for 10-15 years or more on its purity and elegance.

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Bordeaux Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Saint Emilion, Bordeaux
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    12 months in French oak

The "second" wine from the very coveted Château la Gaffelière located in the heart of Saint Emilion, Clos la Gaffelière is an over-achiever, over-deliverer of stunning 2016 Bordeaux goodness. You know how much we rave about 2015 and 2016 Bordeauxs (seriously, the raving will not stop), and this lush, round, ready to enjoy, or save for 5-years, Merlot-focused blend is what you need immediately.

Rich, round, dense with sweet cherry fruit, toasty, spicy French oak, Asian spices, blackberry extract, it's super approachable and primed for cracking open and enjoying alonside some bold proteins. With literally centuries of history on the property, the folks at Gaffelière aren't messing around. Discerning wine aficionados know this is a wine you'll want to snap up right quick, especially at this price ($26?! that's crazy good!).

TASTING NOTES 

Rich, round, dense with sweet cherry fruit, toasty, spicy French oak, Asian spices, blackberry extract, mineral undertones. Medium body, tight palate, but ready to enjoy now.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Born in 1985, Clos de La La Gaffelière is produced mainly from the young vines and is the second wine of Château La Gaffelière. The wine is a blend of merlot and cabernet franc, whose percentage differs according to the quality of the vintage. It is a “wine for pleasure” with great early drinking ability, but in a vintage like 2016, the ability to evolve over 5 to 10 years with ease.


The work in the plots of Clos is the equal to the actions in the parcels for the first label : pruning, cover, de-leafing, green harvest, hand-picking.  In the cellar, the same technical gestures pace the successive stages of vinification. Clos La Gaffelière has now a firm and recognized identity . First, it was exclusively proposed to private customers. Bordeaux negociants start to be interested in the vintage since 2000. It is now sold as a future wine to professionals.