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Château Chapelle d'Aliénor Bordeaux Supérieur by La Gaffelière 2015

Château Chapelle d'Aliénor Bordeaux Supérieur

by La Gaffelière 2015

Producer : La Gaffelerie

Region : Bordeaux (France), France (France)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat

Tasting Notes

"Here's a dandy buy from the ripe 2015 vintage, from a little known property that has quite famous overlords - Aliénor and Alexandre de Malet Roquefort from a very famous St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classe called Chateau La Gaffelerie. They purchased this 17 ha property in Entre-Deux-Mers in 2001, and bring the same sense of charm and finesse to the wines. It is 74% merlot, 22% cab franc and 4% cabernet, 50% aged in used oak for 18 months, the other 50% aged in tank. It has a very pretty, ripe nose of raspberry/blackberry, violet,vanilla and spice. It is medium bodied, smooth, supple and almost succulent with very fine tannin."

91 Points - David Lawrason, Wine Align, May 2019

 

"Under the same ownership as Château la Gaffelière in Saint-Emilion, this estate has produced a sumptuously ripe wine. Its tannins are softened enough to integrate with the generous black fruits. Acidity keeps the wine in balance. Drink from 2020."

90 Points - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, November 2019

Specs

Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Point Score 91
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor D - Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer La Gaffelerie
Region Bordeaux (France), France (France)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Warm and fruity
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Traditional
Grapes 22% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 74% Merlot
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Red Meat
Descriptors Earthy, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $299.88

The Producer

La Gaffelerie

Formerly known as Château Chapelle Maracan, this 17-hectare estate was renamed Chapelle d'Aliénor when it was acquired by Alexandre Roquefort (under the same ownership as Saint-Émilion Château La Gaffelière Cru Classé) and his spouse Aliénor in 2001. By giving it the same attention it gives to its great wine, the duo produces a Bordeaux Supérieur dominated by Merlot and complemented Cabernet Franc.

Château La Gaffelière is ranked among the Premiers grands crus classés B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The winery is located west of Château Pavie, just south of the town of Saint-Émilion, within the commune of the same name.

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.

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