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Château La Gaffelière 2023 released En Primeur  

  • Château La Gaffelière 2023 has been released for £540 per 12×75.  
  • ‘Another in a succession of impressive wines from this estate’, said Neal Martin, who awarded 94-96 points.  
  • Today’s release may present reasonable value to buyers, along with the 2019 and 2020 vintages.  

As part of this year’s Bordeaux En Primeur campaign, Château La Gaffelière 2023 has been released at €44.5 per bottle ex-négociant, down 20.5% on the 2022 release (€56 per bottle).  

It is being offered by the international trade for £540 per 12×75, an 21.1% decrease on the 2022’s opening price (£684 a case).  

Today’s release may present reasonable value to buyers. Those looking for opportunities in back vintages have options. See more pricing analysis below.  

Critical response 

According to Antonio Galloni (Vinous), ‘this wine will need time to be at its best, but it shows promise’. He awarded a score of 93-96 points.  

James Suckling describes aromas and flavors of ‘blackberry, black olive and walnut’, awarding a barrel range of 94-95 points.  

Describing the wine as ‘chalky, fresh and extremely vibrant’, Jane Anson awarded 94 points.  

‘A touch reticent and austere at the moment but clear potential’, said James Lawther MW (Jancis Robinson), awarding 16.5+/20 points.  

Neal Martin (Vinous) awarded the wine a barrel score of 94-96 points. According to him, the 2023 is ‘another in a succession of impressive wines from this estate that just oozes sensuality’. 

Jean-Marc Quarin awarded a score of 96 points, calling the wine ‘a great success’. 

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Independent) described ‘fragrant scents of boysenberries, fresh juicy plums, and black raspberries opening out to hints of lilacs, Sichuan pepper, fragrant soil, and cardamom’. She awarded a score of 96-98 points.  

Pricing analysis 

Today’s release, given its positive critical response, may present reasonable value to buyers. However, there are highly rated physical vintages available on the market at similar prices.  

The 96-point 2019 and 2020 vintages, Neal Martin’s joint-highest scoring of the decade, are both available at a slight premium to today’s release.  

Of these two, fans of Jane Anson may opt for the 2019 vintage. Like Martin, the critic also awarded the wine her joint-highest score of 96 points. It last traded at £560 per 12×75, 11.1% above its original release price of £504.  

Antonio Galloni awarded his second-highest score of the decade, 98 points, to the 2020 vintage. Fans of his may also consider the 2018 vintage, which he awarded a score of 99 points. It is available at a 17.6% premium to today’s release.  

Use our ready-made list to easily spot opportunities in back-vintages of Château La Gaffelière and other Bordeaux wines. 

Our Bordeaux En Primeur 2023 page contains everything you need to know about this year’s campaign. You can also sign up for our daily En Primeur email alerts using the form below.      

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