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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
#95 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
"A beautiful deep purple color as well as sweet aromas of incense, charcoal, black fruits, and a hint of black truffles are found in this deep, medium to full-bodied 2008. With pure fruit, good acids, and finely grained, ripe, well-integrated tannins, this impressively endowed, yet unevolved offering may compete with La Gaffeliere's fabulous 2005, and should age for 20-25 years. Range: 91-93+"
The Wine Advocate
"One of the highlights of this year's Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux event was this lovely 2008 from La Gaffelière. A deep and wonderfully polished wine, it is bursting with impressively continuous fruit with sweetening complements of neatly placed oak making the picture complete. Its unobtrusive, beautifully fit tannins provide proper structure yet still allow ongoing fruit to show through, and, there is no doubt that the wine will age for a good many years despite having a friendlier face than young claret often exhibits."
"This has a nicely wound core of cherry sauce, plum and blackberry fruit, wrapped with melted licorice, sweet spice and a flash of black tea. Pure, ripe fruit takes a nice encore on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2014."
"Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, bitter chocolate and mint on the nose. Rich and juicy, with lovely definition to the flavors of blueberry, violet, minerals and exotic spices. Finishes with dusty but ripe tannins and excellent mineral-driven persistence. Very nicely done.
International Wine Cellar
The Château La Gaffelière vineyard sits on 25 hectares and has 22 hectares planted in vine, allon one parcel between the Ausone hill and the Pavie one.
The vineyard is southwardly oriented, and receives an ideal amount of sunshine which benefits the 35 year old vines. The hillsides are clayey and calcareous, whereas hill bottoms are more siliceous.
Medieval Village, Modern Wine
A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux...Read More About St-Emilion
Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...Read More About Bordeaux Red Blends
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