Château-La-Gaffelière Saint Emilion 2009

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La Gaffelière is planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine is typically aged for 12-15 months in new oak. Robert Parker reports: 'Exhibiting a style of its own, La Gaffelière will surprise tasters used to the New Wave flamboyant St.-Emilions, but it is seductive in its own way with its sensual elegance and perfumed aromas.' A very pretty wine indeed, we love the traditional style which tastes polished and pure and utterly sophisticated. In 2009 it has more richness but it's all in balance and truly delicious.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Emilion
Brand Château-La-Gaffelière
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa94-96

Wine AdvocateOne of the old, historic vineyards in St.-Emilion, owned by a family that goes back to the 1400s, this wine has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. Cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare in 2009, during a harvest that took place between September 29 and October 9, the final blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc will never produce a massive wine, but rather one of great elegance. The difference in 2009 is that this wine also has compelling intensity of fruit, and more opulence and viscosity than usual. At 13.5%, the alcohol is relatively modest compared to what many St.-Emilions achieved in this vintage. Dense purple, with terrific purity and a thickness without heaviness, black cherry, black currant, and super-concentrated cranberry and kirsch notes as well as hints of spring flowers and minerals are all present in this medium to full-bodied wine. It also possesses fabulous purity, texture, and transparency. Drink it over the next 30-35 years. (Tasted four times.)

Robert Parker, April 2010
  • we93-95

Wine EnthusiastSoft, almost too smooth, the sweet plum fruits way underneath layers of velvet and plush. The structure is hard to find here, but the richness of the year is very apparent.

Roger Voss, August 9, 2010
  • ws92-95

Wine SpectatorRacy and beautiful, with blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Solid core of everything. Impressive. BT

James Suckling, 2010