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Score 96-98/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, Jun 2023

Rich, lush, deep and concentrated, the wine is fresh rich and vibrant with layers of sweet, ripe, vibrant, plums, cherries, flowers and crushed stones from start to finish.

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William Kelley, Wine Advocate

97
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James Suckling

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98 - 100 points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Score 98-100/100 · Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jun 2023

The 2022 La Gaffelière is a drop-dead gorgeous beauty. Refined, sculpted and wonderfully precise, La Gaffelière simply has it all. Hints of lavender, mint, blood orange, spice and black cherry fruit all race across the glass. Clean mineral notes and fine tannins support the finish. The delineation here is simply breathtaking. La Gaffelière is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Élevage is expected to be 19 months in 50% new oak and 50% neutral barrels. The 2022 is another exceptional wine from the Malet Roquefort family.

94 - 96 points
Jeb Dunnuck
Score 94-96/100 · Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2023

The 2022 Château La Gaffelière showed beautifully, with a medium to full-bodied, forward, sexy style carrying ample ripe black cherries, spring flowers, camphor, and graphite aromatics. These carry to a medium to full-bodied Saint-Emilion with nicely integrated tannins, remarkable purity, and a great, great finish. This is clearly a gorgeous Saint-Emilion in the making and is well worth seeking out. The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, and this is certainly in the same ballpark, if not better than, the 2018, 2019, and 2020.

17.5+ points
James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com
Score 17.5+/20 · James Lawther MW, jancisrobinson.com, May 2023

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc. Cask sample. Reserved red- and dark-fruit aroma with a chalky freshness. Supple fruit but builds on the palate, the tannins firm but refined. Long and persistent. Structured for ageing.

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