Château La Gaffelière 2016 | Premier Grand Cru Classé
Located south of Saint-Emilion with its unique silhouette, the Château La Gaffelière welcomes thousands of visitors on the D122 road. The Château La Gaffelière vineyard is 38 hectares: 22ha in Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé (since 1955), and 16ha in the foothills in Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Its plots, located in the golden triangle of the denomination, are located in the 3 specific terroirs of Saint-Emilion: the limestone plateau, the clay-limestone coast and the more siliceous foot of the coast.
Each plot is worked individually, in order to extract the best expression of its terroir. The grapes are picked by hand in small boxes and stored directly in a refrigerator (8ºC) overnight. The next morning, the bunches are mechanically destemmed and the berries are sent to the optical sorter via a conveyor belt. The selected berries fill the tubs by natural gravity as they are below the selection area. The tub room is made up of 20 temperature-controlled tanks, made of purple-colored stainless steel and shaped like an inverted truncated cone. Gentle pumping over and footsteps accompany the alcoholic fermentation. As the cellar is located below the vat room, natural gravity is also used to vat the wine. Every year they buy 50% new French oak barrels. Under a concrete dome, with temperature and humidity control, it ages for 14 to 16 months.
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere opens with compelling wild blueberries, freshly crushed plums and kirsch scents plus hints of garrigue, underbrush, rose hip tea and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant with a soft, velvety texture and seamless freshness carrying the multilayered fruit to a long finish.
James Suckling: 96
This is really decadent and rich with great aromas of earth, spice, frost flowers and fresh mushrooms that follow through to a full body, firm and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Very, very serious from here. A blend of 70 per cent merlot and 30 per cent cabernet franc. Try after 2025.