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Chateau La Gaffeliere

Saint Emilion

Location: Near the village of Bigaroux in the heart of the Saint Emilion appellation.

Classification: Saint Emilion, premier grand cru classe

Grape variety: 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 22 hectares of vineyards

History: Although built in the 12th century, today the Chateau is more neo-gothic in design due to extensive remodeling in the 19th century. the De Malet Roqueforts have owned La Gaffeliere for over 400 years, longer than any other family-owned property in Saint Emilion.

Vinification and aging: Fermentation takes place in water cooled, stainless steel cuvees with three weeks maceration. The wine is aged for 20-22 months in oak casks of new or not more than 2 years of age. Fresh egg white fining, no filtration.

Style: The Chateau believes in a very long fermentation and in replanting only when absolutely to maintain a good average of old vines. These two factors combined with the high proportion of new oak casks gives a firmness and body to the wine and a tendency to slower maturing in bottle than most Saint Emilions.

 Food: An excellent wine to accompany beef, lamb, veal and game.