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. (JM)
Very elegant kirsch liqueur-like notes mixed with licorice, spice and earth jump from the glass of this famous St.-Emilion, long-owned by the Malet Roquefort family. A blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc (14% alcohol), this has slightly more acidity and structure than some St.-Emilions. The limestone-dominated terroir comes through in the wine’s striking and very powerful minerality. It is medium-bodied, elegant, tightly knit and probably in need of 2-4 years of bottle age. It should drink well for the following 15 years. 91+ Points (RP)
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. (AG)
Crazy nose of red licorice, dark fruits and walnuts. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy finish. This is rich and structured. Try in 2017.
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