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La Gaffelière 2012

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2012 La Gaffeliere comes across as quite compact today, although the underlying material appears promising. The 20% Cabernet Franc is evident, especially in the wines tannic profile. Hints of iron, smoke and leather open up with time in the glass, but the 2012 is going to need at least a few more years in bottle. Still, there is plenty to look forward to. Beginning with the 2011 vintage, all the younger Cabernet Franc plantings are online, and the Franc in the grand vin is expected to climb to the 30-40% range. The 2012 is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Stéphane Derenoncourt and Simon Blanchard are the consulting winemakers. 2018 - 2032

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2016

Polished and restrained, with alluring notes of cherry preserves and plum sauce that glide elegantly through the mineral- and black tea—infused finish. Offers a light cloak of toast on the finish, but the purity should help this stretch out in the cellar. This has filled out a bit since the barrel tasting. Best from 2017 through 2022. 4,583 cases made.

James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, March 2015

Blending 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. On the palate, the mineral driven, oaky, blackberry filled wine is well made, but it lacks excitement.

Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, April 2013

Barrel sample. This is a very dense wine, balancing ripe fruits with dark tannins and solid structure. A powerful and ripe wine, it's still a bit firm and dense, but certainly has great aging potential.

Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
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