Chateau La Gaffeliere, St. Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classé 2016

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About This Wine

Château la Gaffelière 2016 is a red Bordeaux wine that takes root in the heart of the Saint-Emilion terroir from which it takes its appellation. Between tradition and modernity, the winegrower respects his uniquely located territory and offers you his signature in this Premier Grand Cru Classé wine. Refined and elegant, this red wine has nevertheless been the subject of serious doubts during this year 2016. Indeed, with a rainy climate in spring, the fertilization did not take place under the best hospices. As for the summer, it was hotter and drier, favouring the deep rooting of the vines. It was in September that the maturation and refining of the tannins took place.

Château la Gaffelière 2016 is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. It presents a dark robe of a brilliant success. On the nose, blackberry dominates and expresses a beautiful aromatic freshness. On the palate, you will be definitively conquered by the notes of plum and berry that give a long finish and refined tannins.

If we had to sum up this Château la Gaffelière, it would be crowned with superlatives! Elegant, racy, fresh, delicate and of absolute purity, this 2016 vintage promises you a good tasting.
Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Cabernet Franc
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Brand St. Emilion
Vintage 2016

Wines from Bordeaux

Bordeaux is in the south west of France and is one of the most famous wine regions in the world. It is the largest wine producing region in France, the vast majority being red wines. While it does make large quantities of everyday table wine, outside of Europe, it is mostly noted for producing some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world.

The Garonne and Dordogne rivers run through the region and together naturally irrigate the land while the soils are rich in calcium owing to their limestone content. These two rivers connect and run through to the Atlantic Ocean splitting Bordeaux into 3 distinct parts. We have the left bank, the right bank, and the area between the two rivers called Entre-Deux-Mers.

While in Australia we often see straight Shiraz, Cabernet or Merlots, Bordeaux does not generally produce red wine without blending. The “Bordeaux Blend” is one of the most classic and popular styles of red wine that has spread throughout France as well as throughout the New World.

On the left bank, typical top-quality blends are 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. On the right bank top quality blends are typically made of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

In general you can expect red wines from Bordeaux to taste more earthy in flavour compared to those from the New World wine regions that tend to be more fruit flavour driven.

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