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Perhaps it is just a coincidence, but the poet Ausone is known to have had a vineyard in this area at about the same time the villa was built, in the 4th century AD. It is thus very likely that the mosaics decorated the rooms of his villa. The quality of these mosaics show that the owner was clearly prosperous. The location is still called Le Palat, meaning “the Palace”.
The unbroken presence of the de Malet Roquefort family at La Gaffelière for over three centuries makes them the oldest winegrowing family in Saint-Emilion. This gives the estate a special aura and legitimacy.
Today, father and son work together to make the most of this unique vineyard with the same passion as their ancestors, combining time-honoured traditions and modern techniques in an on-going quest for perfection. They are helped in this by a dynamic and professional winemaking team.
Château La Gaffelière is one of the jewels of the Saint-Émilion appellation, and places great emphasis on quality, tradition and terroir. The wine is famous for its complexity, elegance and subtle finesse, as well as its ability to age well for decades.
70 % Merlot
30 % Cabernet franc
New barrels: 50 %
Clos La Gaffelière