Vines have been grown at Château La Gaffelière since the Gallo- Roman period, as proved by the remains of a villa discovered on the property in 1969 by Count Léo de Malet Roquefort. Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but the poet Ausone is known to have had a vineyard in this area at about the same time the villa was built, in the 4th century AD. A recent study by the National Centre for Scientific Research showed that the villa definitely produced wine. It had more than ten rooms decorated with multi-coloured mosaics and the owner was clearly prosperous. The location is still called Le Palat, meaning "the Palace". The unbroken presence of the Malet Roqueforts at La Gaffelière for some four centuries makes them the oldest winegrowing family in Saint-Émilion. This confers a unique status to Count Léo de Malet Roquefort, the current owner. He focuses his passion and considerable experience on his vineyard in order to perpetuate the traditions that have earned La Gaffelière a fine reputation in France and around the world. The Malet Roquefort family's very identity, as well as their future, is devoted to the art of making unforgettable wines.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Christmas fruitcake, truffle, cured meats and sweet earth along with black currant notes make for a complex, noble bouquet. In the mouth, some of the vintage's tell-tale angular and astringent tannins give the wine a slightly attenuated mouthfeel, but there seems to be plenty of concentration, medium to full body, and lots of minerality. My instincts are that this wine is going through a relatively closed, difficult, ungracious state, but I like its potential. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2026+.
|Grape varieties||Merlot/Cabernet Franc|
|Revue du Vin de France||16,5|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU LA GAFFELIERE 33330 SAINT-EMILION FRANCE|
|Classification||1er grand cru classe B|
|Producer||Château La Gaffelière|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 16
- Vineyard : Libournais
- Wine Spectator : 85-88
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Merlot/Cabernet Franc