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Château La Gaffelière 2005 1er Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion


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1st Grand Cru Classé B Saint-Emilion 

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The 2005 vintage brought together all the conditions necessary for the birth of great red wines for the entire Bordeaux vineyard. Dictated by an exceptional drought as well as strong heat in spring and summer, without excess, everything was in favor of an exceptional maturation process for the various grape varieties of the property.

Blend of the 2005 vintage: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The robe is a beautiful dark color, with bright ruby tinted reflections.

The nose is sparkling, with notes of jammy black fruits, blackcurrant and smoked bacon, followed by melted wood, leather and jammy fruits.

On the palate, it's just as seductive with flavors of stewed black berries and roast. The silky and melted tannins give it great complexity and freshness. It stretches in precision to a long and persistent finish. A Château La Gaffelière of a still bright youth.

Food and wine pairing:

Château La Gaffelière 2005 will go perfectly with leg of wild boar confit, roasted Corrèze veal nuts with Bresse butter, tagliata of beef over a wood fire, or a hare à la royale with black Périgord truffle.

For a pairing with cheese, choose uncooked pressed cheeses: Edam, Gouda, Saint-nectaire, morbier, Tomme de Savoie or Salers.

For dessert, the pairing will be exquisite with a praline entremets, a tiramisu-style layer cake or Guillaume Mabilleau's extra hazelnut tart.

Ageing potential and tasting:

Château La Gaffelière 2005 can be kept for another ten years in the cellar thanks to its excellent ageing potential. Its peak will be reached between 2030 and 2035.

But it lends itself wonderfully to tasting today if it is properly prepared. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at a temperature between 15 and 18°C. Open and decant the bottle ideally 5 to 6 hours before tasting.

The bottles should be kept in the cellar, protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.

Size : 750ml
Appellation : Saint-Emilion
Vintage : 2005
Color : Red
Classification : 1st Classified Growth

As evidenced by certain Gallo-Roman remains discovered in 1969 on the estate, some rooms of the property have mosaics from this period, one of which represents a vine stock in fruit.

Located 800 meters from the south gate of the city of Saint-Emilion, the Château is at the heart of a vineyard of around 22 hectares in one piece. The soil is clay-limestone and the vines face south for ideal sunshine.

It is a Premier Grand Cru Classé B.

The vineyard, whose average age is 35 years, is planted with 80% Merlot noir, Cabernet franc 10% and Cabernet Sauvignon 10%.

The annual production is of the order of 85 barrels, ie around 100,000 bottles.

The harvest is manual and the wine is aged in new barrels for 60% for about 14 to 16 months.

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