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2015 Chateau La Gaffeliere (St Emilion)


2015 Chateau La Gaffeliere (St Emilion)

On Sale: $89.94 (was: $99.94)*

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La Gaffelliere’s reputation as a top source of wine goes back at least two millenia, with ancient Roman murals (depicting vines of course) beneath the hill this property shares with Ausone. Like it’s well known neighbor, this estate has always been able to coax that sense of poise and elegance common in Saint Emilion’s top tier, and can even walk that tightrope in warmer vintages like 2015. “A wine of total finesse” (Vinous), La Gaffeliere’s 2015 is a stunner, with critical acclaim across the board. Given the price relative to its cult peers, we think it's the perfect bottle to grab from this outstanding vintage.

While Gaffeliere’s ancient history is impressive, the modern era has been pretty kind to this chateau as well. The quality at Gaffeliere “has soared dramatically” (Parker) of late, and despite the price, it is clearly nipping at the heels of its higher priced neighbors. Gaffeliere’s grand vin stands out in this ripe vintage with “impeccable balance and sense of proportion.” With a higher percentage of Cab Franc than ever before, Gaffeliere’s grand vin shows “striking freshness and aromatic presence” (Vinous). Dollar for dollar, Gaffeliere is hard to beat, and Saint Emilion fans will want to sock this 2015 away for years to come. Cheers!

97 points, Vinous: "The 2015 La Gaffelière is a wine of total finesse. Much less obvious and overt than most Saint-Émilions in this vintage, La Gaffelière makes its case on harmony and grace above all else. Bright, lifted Cabernet Franc–infused aromatics give the 2015 striking freshness and aromatic presence. The flavors are bright and nuanced to the core, with plenty of red cherry, espresso and floral notes. But back to the basics. In 2015 La Gaffelière is a wine that stands out because of its impeccable balance and sense of proportion. I loved it." - Antonio Galloni

97 points, Wine Enthusiast: "From its privileged position on the sweep of vines leading up to the medieveal city of Saint-Émilion, this estate has made an impressive wine in this vintage. It is rich and concentrated both in its structure and its black fruits. Complex, dark and dense, it can age for many years."

*Offer publication date March 13, 2022. Pricing and availability subject to change.