2018 La Gaffeliere Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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VN 99 WA 97 WE 97 DC 96 TWI 96 JS 95 JL 95 WS 94 JD 93
VN 99

Vinous, March 2021

The 2018 La Gaffelière is hands down one of the wines of the vintage. Towering in its stature and vertical lift, the 2018 dazzles right out of the gate. Inky dark fruit, mocha, spice, licorice and leather all run through...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2021

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 La Gaffeliere is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to offer peeks at notions of stewed red and black plums, mulberries and Morello cherries, plus hints of damp...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

This estate is on a roll. Replete with powerful tannins and dense black fruits, this latest release continues the succession of fine vintages. Perfumed, ripe with berry flavors and, more importantly, with rich tannins...
DC 96

Decanter, November 2020

The combination of Cabernet Franc and limestone give this wine both a beautifully floral-laced nose, and a sense of energy and lift as it travels through the palate. Extremely light-footed for a wine at 14.5 ABV%, barely...
TWI 96

The Wine Independent, February 2023

La Gaffeliere 2018 is deep garnet purple in color. The nose begins with notes of new leather, cedar chest, and smoked meats, giving way to notions of prunes and fruit cake, with a waft of dried sage. The medium to...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, January 2021

Aromas of black cherries, flowers and cedar with sandalwood and stone. It’s full-bodied and very intense with wonderfully polished tannins that caress your palate and take you away. Give this time to come together. Try...
JL 95

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2019

(93-95) Lush, polished and pure, the wine has a roundness to the fruit, flesh, silky tannins and a floral, licorice, espresso, cocoa and red pit fruit, plummy finish Read more...
WS 94

Wine Spectator, March 2021

Expressive and pure, with a long and refined set of cassis, bitter cherry and damson plum flavors entwined with bright savory and taut chalky mineral notes. The fruit darkens a bit through the finish and this adds some...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, March 2021

Based on 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château La Gaffelière is another pretty, elegant Saint-Emilion with a classic, mineral-laced style as well as a terrific mix of finesse and richness. Black raspberries...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Introducing the 2018 La Gaffeliere, a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed region of Saint Emilion in Bordeaux, France. This wine exudes elegance and finesse, showcasing the true artistry of winemaking.

In the glass, the wine reveals a deep garnet-purple hue that captivates the eye. Its enticing aromas immediately permeate the air, with notes of black cherries, flowers, and cedar taking center stage. As you delve deeper, you'll discover hints of sandalwood and stone, adding complexity and intrigue to the bouquet.

On the palate, the 2018 La Gaffeliere is full-bodied and intense, captivating your senses with its seamless integration of flavors. The wonderfully polished tannins caress your palate, creating a velvety texture that is simply irresistible. This wine demands your attention and takes you on a journey of exploration with each sip.

Renowned wine expert James Suckling awarded this vintage an impressive score of 95 points, affirming its exceptional quality. He recommends giving it time to come together and suggests enjoying it after 2025. Wine Enthusiast also recognized the prowess of this estate, awarding it a score of 97 points. They praised its powerful tannins, dense black fruits, and remarkable aging potential, suggesting it will evolve beautifully if enjoyed from 2027 onward.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate joined in the acclaim, awarding the 2018 La Gaffeliere an outstanding score of 97 points. They described its medium to deep garnet-purple color and noted its enticing aromas of stewed red and black plums, mulberries, and Morello cherries. The palate is tightly wound, delivering crunchy red and black fruits with fine-grained tannins and loads of freshness. This expert suggests allowing the wine to age for 4-5 years before indulging in its refreshing and beautifully perfumed expression.

Jeff Leve, from TheWineCellarInsider.com, rated this vintage between 93-95 points, praising its lushness, polish, and purity. He highlighted the wine's roundness, silky tannins, and enticing flavors of floral, licorice, espresso, cocoa, and red pit fruit.

Jeb Dunnuck, another respected wine critic, awarded the 2018 Château La Gaffeliere a score of 93 points. He commended its classic, mineral-laced style, elegant finesse, and perfect balance of richness and finesse.

Vinous, led by Antonio Galloni, bestowed upon this vintage an exceptional score of 99 points, declaring it one of the wines of the vintage. Galloni was captivated by its towering stature, vertical lift, and deep, resonant flavors. He praised its rich, pliant character and the vibrancy conferred by supporting minerality. The blend of 63% Merlot and 37% Cabernet Franc truly impressed, leading Galloni to describe this wine as "magnifique!"

Wine Spectator also recognized the excellence of the 2018 La Gaffeliere, awarding it a score of 94 points. They praised its expressive and pure nature, with flavors of cassis, bitter cherry, and damson plum intertwining with bright savory and chalky mineral notes. The wine gains flesh and drive as it airs, showcasing its solid and promising future. They suggest enjoying it from 2023 through 2036.

Decanter, a leading wine publication, rated this vintage with an impressive score of 96 points. They noted the estate's remarkable progress and praised the wine's powerful nature and rich creaminess. The balance between the saline lick of limestone and the brambled exuberance of St-Emilion fruit was particularly noteworthy. Decanter described this wine as a delicious, complex yet pared-back masterpiece with layers of tannin that cradle rather than crush.

The 2018 La Gaffeliere is a wine that demands attention and respect. With its exceptional scores, remarkable aging potential, and the praise of esteemed critics, this Bordeaux Blend is destined to become a legend in the world of wine.