2020 Château La Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

2020 Château La Gaffelière, 1er Grand Cru Classé St-Emilion

The 2020 Château La Gaffelière is another incredible wine from this estate, that's producing some of the finest wines on the right bank right now. Chiselled and precise, with lots of energy, this manages to balance the solar character of the vintage, with real purity and precision. An incredible wine, and one of the picks of the vintage.

Critic score
96.25/100 info
En primeur info
66 available
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur info
11 available
6 bottles available from £462.48 per case, 6 bottles
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur info
From a client
1 available

Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    60% Merlot
    40% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Young 2026 - 2048info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

Blackberry and black-olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with layers of fine tannins that fill the mouth. Expansive finish. The tannins are very fine, but abundant. Really impressive.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (May 2021)

Cask sample. Liquorice, soy, black cherry and a touch of floral character too. Succulent and bright, appreciably light touch for this concentrated vintage. Surprisingly drinkable even now, with fine tannins and appetising acidity. Long finish with noticeable but not intrusive oak spice. Very tempting. Possibly even GV?

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2021)

The 2020 La Gaffelière has an intriguing, complex nose, a mélange of red and black fruit, cigar box, undergrowth and mint, quite mercurial in the glass as it opens with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with lithe tannins, a beautiful seam of acidity and perhaps the most satin-like texture I have encountered on a young La Gaffelière. It sashays to a harmonious and precise finish and lingers with wonderful mineralité. This is a magnificent prospect.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (May 2021)

An run of successful vintages at La Gaffeliere, and this again proves why it is an estate to watch, striking an expert balance between power and finesse. Offers a ton of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and damson fruits, licorice root and crushed stone, just gorgeously juicy and stretches out across the palate. Austere tannins at this point, plenty of limestone character, a little tight on the finish but with a velvet texture and promises to age with grace. A yield of 42hl/ha.

Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)

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