Leo de la Gaffeliere Saint Emilion 2011
Vines have been grown at Château La Gaffelière since the Gallo- Roman period, as proved by the remains of a villa discovered on the property in 1969 by Count Léo de Malet Roquefort. 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. A recent study by the National Centre for Scientific Research showed that the villa definitely produced wine. It had more than ten rooms decorated with multi-coloured mosaics and the owner was clearly prosperous. The location is still called Le Palat, meaning "the Palace". The unbroken presence of the Malet Roqueforts at La Gaffelière for some four centuries makes them the oldest winegrowing family in Saint-Émilion. This confers a unique status to Count Léo de Malet Roquefort, the current owner. He focuses his passion and considerable experience on his vineyard in order to perpetuate the traditions that have earned La Gaffelière a fine reputation in France and around the world. The Malet Roquefort family's very identity, as well as their future, is devoted to the art of making unforgettable wines.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
|Brand||Leo de la Gaffeliere|
Wine AdvocateOne of the oldest family-owned vineyards in St.-Emilion, La Gaffeliere has been owned by the same family since the 1400s. The 2011 performed slightly differently in multiple tastings, but overall, it appears to be an outstanding, elegant, restrained, somewhat austere, but impressively built wine. The final blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc produced nearly 5,000 cases from their 42+ acre vineyard. The wine exhibits lots of earthy, balsam, resiny notes interwoven with red and black currants, cedar and underbrush. This elegant, dense, medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion should drink nicely for 15-20 years.
Wine EnthusiastAttractive and fruity, this wine is full of fresh red fruits as well as balanced wood flavors. The tannins are soft, already integrated, and have a warm feel to them. The wine will age, intensifying in fruitiness over the next two years.
Wine SpectatorFrankly toasty, with roasted vanilla and cocoa notes out front, followed by medium-weight plum and blackberry fruit that hangs on the finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.