Chateau La Gaffeliere : Appellation d'origine contrôlée and Premier Grand Cru Classé B of Saint Emilion
Premier Grand Cru Classé B of Saint Emilion, the Château La Gaffelière has been under the responsibility of the De Malet Roquefort family since 2001. The Chateau La Gaffeliere is nestled between the châteaux of Ausone, Pavie, Pavie Decesse and Magdelaine, 35 km from Bordeaux on the right bank of the Dordogne.
Its 22 hectares of vines are planted on the hill under Belair on clay-limestone and silica soil at the foot of Saint Emilion. The vines of Chateau La Gaffeliere have an average age of 35 years and are planted mostly in Merlot (80%) and are complemented with Cabernet franc (20%).
Château La Gaffelière produces two Bordeaux red wines, the first being « Le Grand Vin de La Gaffelière » and the second « Clos la Gaffelière ». The Grand vin La Gaffeliere is generous, richly coloured, intense and silky with aromas of red berries, blackcurrant and dried herbs. It is an oaky wine thanks to the usage of 100% new oak and thus requires anywhere from 5 to 15 years to reach its peak, sometimes over 20 depending on the vintage. The second wine, « Clos la Gaffelière », is less structured and is made from 14 hectares of vines bought from the Château Mauvezin in 2014. The wine was originally blended equally with Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but since 2014, the portion of Merlot has grown from 85% to 95%. It's a wine to be drunk within 10 years. The best vintages of La Gaffelière are 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1990 and 1989. International critics tend to note the wine between 89 and 92, even reaching 96, as in 2015. The wines of Château La Gaffelière are a great value for money and connoisseurs take advantage of that year after year.
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