Address: Château La Gaffelière 33330 Saint-Emilion France
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 24 72 15
Visits: By appointment only
Details: 1er Grand Cru Classé B, Saint-Emilion, 22ha, clay-limestone & sand
Vineyards: Merlot Noir 65%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
The estate seems seeped in antiquity. There have been vines at Château La Gaffelière since the Gallo-Roman period, and during medieval times there was a hospital for lepers in the area – a ‘gaffet’ – from which the name is derived. A Roman villa was discovered on the site in 1969 containing mosiacs detailing magnificent vines, and the château itself is 12th century in origin (though much altered in the 19th century). Today, the estate is run by Count Léo Malet de Roquefort, whose family has owned La Gaffelière for some 400 years.