2016 La Gaffeliere Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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WE 97 DC 96 JS 96 VN 96 WA 95 TWI 95 JL 94 WS 94
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, May 2019

A warm wine rich in tannins and with succulent berry fruits, this is both powerful and elegant. Its density doesn't detract from the fruitiness that shines out of the wine and balances with the structured aging potential...
DC 96

Decanter, March 2019

This was delicious En Primeur and is even better now with three years under its belt. It's had time to bed down and is fully set for the long term. Wonderfully rich, intense dark fruits are joined by grip and supple...
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

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...
VN 96

Vinous, January 2019

The 2016 La Gaffelière is superb. Vivid and precise, with layers of nuance, the 2016 is a wine of real clarity. Blood orange, lavender, rose petal and mint add brightness to this stunningly beautiful Saint-Émilion. La...
WA 95

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

95+ 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...
TWI 95

The Wine Independent, December 2022

Deep garnet in color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere has a nose of stewed red plums, black cherries, and kirsch, followed by hints of aniseed, mossy tree bark, and truffles. The medium-bodied palate is elegant and refined...
JL 94

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

Deep ruby in color, the wine is round, lush, polished, concentrated and fruity, with these great, crushed rock and floral accents. Read more...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, January 2019

This has a suave, cashmere feel, with waves of blackberry and plum reduction rolling through, infused liberally with dark tobacco and black licorice notes. A black tea accent smolders on the finish, complemented by a...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.28%
Closure Cork

The 2016 La Gaffeliere is a Bordeaux Blend that hails from the prestigious region of Bordeaux, specifically Saint Emilion. This exquisite red wine is a true representation of the region's winemaking mastery and showcases the unique terroir of its origin.

With a deep garnet-purple color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere captivates the eye with its intense hue. The nose is immediately enveloped by a symphony of enticing aromas. Earthy notes mingle with delicate spice, frost flowers, and fresh mushrooms, creating a bouquet that is both complex and inviting.

On the palate, this wine reveals its true character. Full-bodied and robust, it boasts firm and chewy tannins that contribute to its structure and longevity. The flavors are rich and decadent, with the earthy and spicy notes from the nose intertwining seamlessly with the fruit elements. The blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is a harmonious marriage that showcases the best of both varietals.

Renowned wine critics have heaped praise upon the 2016 La Gaffeliere, further solidifying its reputation as an exceptional wine. James Suckling awards it a remarkable score of 96 points, calling it "decadent and rich." Vinous also gives it a score of 96 points and describes it as "stunningly beautiful."

The Wine Spectator rates it at 94 points, praising its suave and cashmere-like texture, while Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awards it 95+ points, highlighting its elegance and multilayered fruit. Wine Enthusiast is equally impressed, granting it a score of 97 points and praising its powerful yet balanced nature.

With such high praise from the critics, it is evident that the 2016 La Gaffeliere is a wine of exceptional quality. It is recommended to cellar this wine until at least 2025 to fully appreciate its potential. However, for those who cannot wait, decanting it for a few hours will allow the wine to open up and reveal its full splendor.

In conclusion, the 2016 La Gaffeliere is a wine that exemplifies the artistry and craftsmanship of Bordeaux winemaking. With its complexity, elegance, and remarkable aging potential, it is a wine that will undoubtedly delight the most discerning of palates.