Gaffeliere 2018 has been released at €50.4 per bottle ex-negociant, up 12.8% on the 2017 (€44.7) and up 7.2% on the 2016 (€47). It is being offered by the international trade at £618 per 12×75, up 7.5% on the 2017 release of £575 per case.
Antonio Galloni (Vinous) was full of praise for this wine. Awarding it a barrel range of 94-97, Galloni said that “the 2018 La Gaffeliere is once again one of the finest and most pedigreed wines in Saint-Emilion and all of Bordeaux for that matter”.
According to James Suckling, who gave it 95-96 points, the wine was “forceful but full of finesse as well”. He added that “it really lasts for minutes on the palate”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate, 94-96) also commented on the “lovely freshness lifting the densely layered fruit to a long finish”.
Other critics that liked yesterday’s release include Jeff Leve (The Wine Cellar Insider), who described it as “lush, polished and pure”, and James Molesworth (Wine Spectator), who said the wine had a “luxurious feel that doesn’t sacrifice definition or drive”.
Prices for Gaffeliere are closely correlated to critics’ scores. Whilst yesterday’s release is more expensive than most physically available vintages, it still represents ‘Fair Value’ as our regression analysis shows.
The 2011, 2015 and 2016 also fall below the implied trend line and are currently available at small discounts. The 2008 is another attractive vintage, offering bottle age and boasting 91 points from Robert Parker.