June 1, 2022

Chateau La Gaffeliere History, Overview

First Growth B. Premier Grand Cru Classe B. Formerly labeled as Chateau La Gaffeliere-Naudes Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. Since 2017, the grape blend of Château La Gaffeliere has been 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot.

Before the modern era of Chateau La Gaffeliere took hold, from all the ruins left behind by the ancient Romans, it is clear vines were cultivated here thousands of years ago. Chateau La Gaffeliere has the unique distinction of being one of the oldest, family-owned vineyards in the St. Emilion appellation of Bordeaux. The family can trace their roots in the Right Bank all the way back to the 1400s!

The fifteenth-century Bordeaux chateau of La Gaffeliere might not have always been a winery. In fact, the chateau could have been used for a completely different purpose. It is possible that the chateau might have been a gaffeliere. A gaffeliere is translated from ancient French to a leper colony.

While parts of the estate date back to the 11th century, the true beginnings of La Gaffeliere as a winery started with the arrival of the Comte de Malet-Roquefort in the 17th century. They are responsible for the unique, Gothic-styled chateau, that is easily visible from the main road leading to the Saint Emilion village.

By the 18th century, Chateau La Gaffeliere had earned a reputation for producing high-quality, St. Emilion wine. At some point in time, the vineyard was split with some of the land shifting to what became Canon La Gaffeliere, located just down the road.

Under the Malet-Roquefort family, for a period of time, the estate was known as La Gaffeliere Naudes. Until 1961, the wines of La Gaffeliere Naudes were outstanding. For consumers seeking older Bordeaux, these can often be found at low prices in the marketplace. Eventually, the name of the estate changed and was shortened to just Chateau La Gaffeliere.

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