This Saint-Emilion Premier Cru Classé B has been owned by the Malet de Roquefort family since the 16th century - a record in Saint-Emilion!
The estate is located in the southern part of the Pied de Côtes ("foot of the slope") section of the appellation. There is a clay-limestone micaceous subsoil in the middle of the slope, and sandy-clay-limestone soil in the southernmost part. Benefiting from optimum sun exposure, the 20 hectare vineyard produced massive wines with strong tannin and moderate acidity until the early 90s.
Count Léo Malet de Roquefort's current aim is to make better use of La Gaffelière terroir to produce more elegant, full-bodied wines.
Until the late 1980s, La Gaffelière varied greatly from vintage to vintage, and also suffered from a style often felt to be too powerful and lacking in elegance.
Since then, Château La Gaffelière has improved and become much more regular in quality.
Stéphane Derenoncourt's arrival as consulting enologist in 2004 has already proved its worth.
In recent vintages, La Gaffelière took a quantum leap, placing this Premier Grand Cru Classé B at the top of the Saint-Emilion list.
La Gaffelière, Clos La Gaffelière (second wine)