A very great wine that reflects the best that is produced on the Rive droite of Bordeaux, this is the Château La Gaffelière. Nestled between the hills of Pavie and Ausone south of the village of Saint-Emilion, the first traces of this wine Domaine would go back to Roman antiquity, as evidenced by remains discovered in 1969. Its name would come from "Gaffets", a term designating lepers in the Middle Ages when Saint-Emilion was home to a leprosarium. At that time, they were mostly equipped with a stick, the "gaffe", which they used to beg and move around.
For more than three centuries now, the property has been governed by the de Malet-Roquefort family, who never cease to enhance the terroir with passion and energy, vintage after vintage.
The Château La Gaffelière will be named Premier Grand Cru Classé from the creation of the Saint-Emilion classification in 1955. Thanks to the great reputation of its wines, it will keep this distinction until the 2021 vintage included. At the beginning of 2022, Domaine will choose to withdraw from the classification, the next edition of which should be officialized in September of the same year. Thus, from the 2022 vintage, the label of Château La Gaffelière will mention only the Saint-Emilion appellation Grand Cru.
The Château La Gaffelière has a vineyard of 22 hectares with a southern exposure, spread over the three specific terroirs of Saint-Emilion: the limestone plateau, the clay-limestone slope and the foot of the slope composed of silica. The grape varieties are 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged for 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new.
A Second wine is produced with the same care as its illustrious elder, Clos La Gaffelière.
The Château La Gaffelière offers wines that combine freshness, complexity and purity of fruit. Their controlled power and velvety side are the signature of an exceptional terroir.