Chateau La Gaffeliere is a 22 hectare, Premier Grand Cru Classe estate. The vineyards are mostly planted to Merlot, with only about 25% of Cabernet Franc. The terroir is predominantly limestone with clay subsoil. Planted on the hill side, the vines benefit from an optimum exposure for ripeness, as well as from a natural water drainage. In the winery, the grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats, with malolactic fermentation taking place in barrel. The wine, of which around 4,000 cases are produced each year, is then aged in French oak barrels for up to 20 months.

Nestled in the hills between Pavie and Ausone, Chateau la Gaffeliere can lay claim to be one of the oldest family-owned Estates in St. Emilion. The property has roots that date back to the 11th Century when, rather unglamorously, it was a leper colony – the estate’s name is even derived from the old French word for leper: gaffet! The history of the Chateau’s vineyards only date back to the 17th Century, with the Comte de Malet-Roquefort when it was known as La Gaffeliere Naudes before the Estate was split in the 18th Century with a parcel of vines set up as the new Canon-La-Gaffeliere. The Estate rose to prominence over the 20th Century, classified as a ‘Premier Grand Cru Classe B’ in 1959, before it was renamed La Gaffeliere two years later. It is also noteworthy that during the 1980s, Alexandre Theinpont, the owner of Vieux Chateau Certan, cut his teeth at Gaffeliere. In 2014 the Estate took its final, modern form, after Count Alexander de Malet-Roquefort expanded the family’s landholdings with 14 hectares from the Cassat family’s Chateau Mauzevin.

Available Wines

2023 Chateau La Gaffeliere Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 1x150cl

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2021 Chateau La Gaffeliere Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 12x75cl

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2021 Chateau La Gaffeliere Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 3x75cl

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