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96
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94
Chateau La Gaffeliere 2016

Chateau La Gaffeliere 2016

1er grand cru classé "B" -  - - Red
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Chateau La Gaffeliere 2016

A deep and highly distinctive Saint-Emilion 1er Cru Classe

The estate

Located to the south of the village of Saint-Emilion, Chateau La Gaffeliere, Premier Grand Cru Classe de Saint-Emilion, boasts ancient origins. The discovery of mosaics during excavations confirmed the presence of vines on the estate as early as the Gallo-Roman era. Owned by the Malet Roquefort family for more than three centuries and located in the "golden triangle" between the hills of Chateaux Pavie and Ausone, Chateau La Gaffeliere embodies the excellence of fine red Saint-Emilion wines.

The vineyard

The vineyard of Chateau La Gaffeliere covers 38 hectares, 22 of which are Premier Grand Cru Classe. The vineyard is planted in 3 different areas. Here we find the most famous limestone plateau, an outcropping of clayey ‘’Molasses from Fronsadais’’ and the deep carbonate-rich sands. The vineyard of Chateau La Gaffeliere is managed in a sustainable manner, emphasizing the most gentle practices and interventions.

The vintage

2016 was marked by very heavy rainfall during winter and part of spring. At the end of May, the promising weather conditions during the flowering period favored the vineyard's fertility. The hot and dry summer combined with the clayey nature of the vineyard, the work on the soil to encourage the deep rooting of the vines and the team’s meticulous work to maintain a perfectly healthy vineyard were beneficial.

Two storms in September launched the ripening process and were followed by an Indian summer that combined cool nights and hot days. These conditions are beneficial and gradually and gently refined the tannins up until the harvesting of perfectly ripe grapes.

Vinification and aging

The tailor-made vinification of Chateau La Gaffeliere 2016 is carried out in the vat room, which was renovated in 2013, and enables the teams to precisely manage each plot. Following destemming, the grapes are conditioned for 12 hours in a cold room at 7°C before being selected with an optical sorting method. The vinification is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks filled using the gravity-flow method. Alcoholic fermentation along with regular pumping over and punching down. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vats (75%) and barrels (25%). The wine is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels (50% in new barrels).

The blend

Merlot (70%)

Cabernet Franc (30%).

Chateau La Gaffeliere 2016: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

Color

Dark, inky color with subtle blue highlights.

Nose

Tense and very pure on the attack, the nose exudes the beautifully fresh aromatic richness of freshly-picked black fruit.

Palate

Lively and with a great deal of depth, the palate reveals a very refined and delicate tannic structure.

Wine critic
Chateau La Gaffeliere 2016
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Parker
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Wine Advocate-Parker :
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 La Gaffeliere opens with compelling wild blueberries, freshly crushed plums and kirsch scents plus hints of garrigue, underbrush, rose hip tea and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant with a soft, velvety texture and seamless freshness carrying the multilayered fruit to a long finish.
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