2015 Chateau La Gaffeliere Clos La Gaffeliere

Year: 2015
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 87
James Suckling: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$24.95

WHAT A DEAL!!...YET ANOTHER SUPERB "SECOND LABEL" THAT OF CHATEAU LA GAFFELIERE, GRAND CRU SAINT-EMILION.

85% MERLOT & 15% CABERNET FRANC

"Straightforward, with cherry and plum preserve notes underscored by a red licorice edge. A lightly toasted vanilla accent hangs on the finish. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,000 cases made." (WS)

"This is wound up nicely with brambly, fresh red and dark berries, as well as light mocha and Middle Eastern spices. The palate has punchy flavors delivered in suave, fine tannins and attractive full body. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The second wine of La Gaffelière is the 2015 Clos La Gaffelière and this cuvee is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. This medium-bodied, elegant Saint-Emilion offers perfumed notes of black raspberries, currants, spice cake and lots of sandy/loamy soil-like nuances. Like all the wines here, the winemaking is impeccable and it?s balanced, pure and fresh. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years." (JD)

A VERY IMPRESSIVE SAINT EMILION FOR ONLY $24.95 (Lmtd. Supply) 2015 CLOS LA GAFFELIERE, Grand Cru St. Emilion

As you have probably guessed this Clos La Gaffeliere is the second wine of the noted and now highly rated Primier Grand Cru St. Emilion, Chateau La Gaffeliere. This second wine was first released in 1985; it is produced mainly from the younger vines of La Gaffeliere and is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with the percentage varying each vintage. The production method is the same for both wines up to the barrel aging which in the case of this second wine is done in one-year old barrels for a period of 10 months to one year. The estate describes Clos la Gaffeliere as a “wine for pleasure with a 10 year ageing potential” (which I find certainly applies to this excellent 2015). This solid structured beguiling St. Emilion exhibits an attractive purple color with tastes and aromas pre-dominated by its French Merlot velvety yet firm character. It’s one of the most impressive (if not, “the” most impressive) 2015 right bank Bordeaux I have tried selling for under $40 to maybe $50 (let alone its discount price of $24.95).

RATING: 93

PRICE: $24.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)


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