premier grand cru classé de saint-émilion

Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, the renowned Château La Gaffelière is rooted in centuries of tradition. Over the last 15 years, the vineyard has benefited from significant investment, including the replanting of the vineyard, begun in 2001, and the construction of a new fermentation room, opened in 2013, which is better suited to a more selective plot by plot vinification process. Since 2004, the property has been managed by Stéphane Derenoncourt.

Château La Gaffelière

the vintage of the limited edition

1996

The dense purple color shows raspberry reflections. On aeration the nose offers a superb aromatic complexity, such as blackberry, raspberry, cedar wood, sweet vanilla, ending on floral and light liquorice notes. Aromas are less obvious in mouth. However palate is round and full, concentrated with solid and harmonious tannins.

1999

Purple color, dark ruby. Expressive nose, with very elegant fruit and peony aromas. Solid and powerful mouth, with the same fruit expressed on the nose. Tight tannins and a very elegant oaky flavor. Great potential.

2000

Dark and concentrated color. Meaty nose with ripe red fruits aromas. Fleshy on the palate, it emphasizes the purity of the fruit, oak stands back. A very attractive wine.

2009

A deep purple hue. A nose of ripe fruit, such as blackcurrants and blackberries, with a hint of liquorice. On the palate, the attack has breadth; the texture is silky with a very good, tight-knit tannic structure. The finish is lingering and mineral, bringing a lot of freshness to this vintage.

2010

A dark red hue with bright purple glints. Aromas of violets and raspberries come through first on the nose, followed a few minutes later by notes of blackcurrants, truffles and vanilla. On the palate, after a clean attack, the mid-palate reveals the lovely ripeness of the vintage with a powerful yet fleshy tannic structure that gives way to hints of plums and liquorice in a finish that shows the hallmark minerality and length of the great limestone terroirs.

2011

The color is dark red with purple reflections. The nose evokes dark fruits and licorice, then notes of blackberries and peony when swirled. The palate presents a smooth and silky attack followed by a velvety and tight tannic knit; however it keeps its natural elegance. The mineral finale is long and persistent in mouth.

2014

Nice ruby colour with purple undertones; it expresses a rich concentration of the berries and a moderate extraction. At first, aromas of peony and iris, followed by blackberry, licorice and wild strawberry , roasted hints from early ageing process. Fresh mouth attack, the palate is well balanced and long finish. Tannins are soft, suave, well coated.

Surface area : 39 hectares (96 acres), including 22 hectares (54 acres) of Premier Grand Cru Classé.

grape varieties : 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.

Vinification : No crusher – plot by plot vinification in the new fermentation room (small inverted tronconic stainless steel vats with temperature control); filled up by gravity. Alcoholic fermentation with pump-overs and punching down. Malo-lactic fermentation 50% in vats, 50% in barrels.

ageing : between 14 and 16 months, in French oak barrels, of which 50% are brand new. Racking (through the small bunghole from barrel to barrel), fining with egg whites.