Château La Gaffeliere, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2017

  Château La Gaffeliere

Château La Gaffeliere, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion

We received a tip off from friends in Pomerol that we should look at Gaffeliere. Many of the lesser sites that go into the Grand Vin were affected by frost, so only the best terroirs were available for selection. Tasted at the St Emilion UGC, this was aromatic and glossy, but real. An impressive bright fruit core interspersed with a mineral touch; it is all very pure and fresh with lots of energy on the palate. The finish is quite complex and long with well managed tannins. We re-tasted this at Ulysse Cazabonne and it had reverted to form - thick, lazy, overworked and rather dried out. The jury is still out on this.

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Sauvignon | Cab. Franc

Three of the classic Bordeaux varieties. A relatively rare blend for the right bank, where Cabernet Sauvignon plays a greater role than Cabernet Franc (Figeac being one of the few examples), while on the left bank this is most likely to crop up in the communes with cooler, damper soils such as St Estèphe.