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Tasting Notes

Tasting notes
FINE+RARE, Apr 2024

This is intense and dark, with a crème de cassis note on the nose, a firm and rich structure with slightly austere and chalky tannins. It’s extracted and dense but the elements are all in balance, with its punch of bramble and plum fruit. Aged in 50% new oak and 2% amphora, with 14% alcohol. Blend: 58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critic Scores

Critic scores
95
95/100

Average Score

95
94-95/100

James Suckling

95
94-96/100

Neal Martin, Vinous

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94 - 97 points
Jeb Dunnuck
Score 94-97/100 · Jeb Dunnuck, May 2024

One of the stars of the vintage, the 2023 Château La Gaffelière checks in as 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc resting in 50% new barrels. Cassis, smoked black fruits, graphite, and crushed stone all define the aromatics, and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a pure, layered, concentrated mouthfeel, plenty of tannins, and a great finish. It has a lot of oak but more than enough fruit and texture. It's serious stuff.

94 - 96 points
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
Score 94-96/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, May 2024

Black plums, flowers, cherries, and fennel fill the nose. On the palate, the wine is luscious, elegant, polished, fresh, sweet, and lifted, with lingering cherries, and plums on the backend in the salted-chocolatey, finish.

96 - 98 points
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent
Score 96-98/100 · Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2024

The 2023 La Gaffeliere is deep garnet-purple in color. It slowly emerges from the glass with fragrant scents of boysenberries, fresh juicy plums, and black raspberries opening out to hints of lilacs, Sichuan pepper, fragrant soil, and cardamom. The medium to full-bodied palate is exquisitely knit with filigree layers of black and red berries and floral accents, supported by plush tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long and perfumed. Wow! The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, with pH 3.50.

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