Chateau La Gaffeliere 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France
#95 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011
The Wine Advocate - "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+"
Connoisseurs' Guide - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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. "
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Chateau La Gaffeliere Winery
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. View all Chateau La Gaffeliere Wines
About St-EmilionView a map of St-Emilion wineries (saint eh-meel-YOHN)
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 of the area (and the only Premier Grand Cru Classé A) are Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc.
St.-Émilion produces the most wine on the right bank of Bordeaux. As most of its wine is based primarily on Merlot, St-Emilion wines are described as having finesse and elegance. The best wine of the region can last upward of 10-20 years, like a good left-banker, but many find that the wines here matuer earlier than those based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils in the area differ greatly, from gravel to limestone to clay and sand. As a result, the wines of this region are diverse. Quality wines display silky tannins and ripe, soft fruit – the higher quality wine showing full-bodied texture and layers of complexity.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- <img border="0" align = "center" src="/images/Category/Varietal_Red_Wine.jpg" width="750" height="300">Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.