Vineyard Visit: La Gaffeliere 13th June 2022
We had the good luck to be invited to visit Chateau La Gaffeliere Grand Cru in 2022. We have visited them before and been longstanding customers of their Chapelle D'Alienor wine, especially in fun sized bottles. We were given an amazing tour by Thomas the head of sales and had an amazing time all around. We were hosting the management team of Sophie's restaurants, close friends of ours and great venues for our events.
These 'silver vines were actually brass sculptures created by Phillipe Pasqua in collabaration with the Malet Roquefort family who have owned Chateau La Gaffeliere for three centuries. The sculpture is called 'The Eternal creation'
Tom posing like he's on the set of a 70's Gucci film.
You've got to check the produce (getting down and dirty.
The Purple vats in the background are stainless steel fermentation vessels.
For reference the second bottle on the right is a full bottle. We have something to learn from how silly Gaffeliere's bottle sizes get.
This is the cellar where all the barrels are stored. Its under metres of concrete and maintains a constant and cool temperature year-round.
The mosaic in the background of these photos is a 5th century Roman relic dating from the first winemaking villa that stood on Gaffelieres location.
As great as the rest of the tour was, it was tasting the amazing wines of La Gaffeliere that was truly the highlight of the trip.
La Gaffeliere Grand Cru was of course an amazing wine and we were so grateful to have the experience of tasting it, we had the 2018 vintage and it was perfectly structured, with a lot of fruit and potential to age. We were also really pleasantly surprised by the quality of the 2018 vintage of Alienor, with ripe, supple and delicious flavours.