Since the beginning of the 17th century, the Malet Roquefort family haslived in Saint-Emilion either in the apartment on the town’s ramparts or at the Chateau La Gaffeliere estate, a locality established in the Middle Ages. The estate has been one of the Premiers Grands Crus Classes since the official list was first drawn up in 1954. After serving to unite France and bring the country together, this very old and noble family (Hastings 1066) set down its roots in this wine region. And here they have remained for nearly 4 centuries.
A land of knowledgeable men
For 11 generations, the Malet family has thrived here. The current head of the family, Leo, discovered a 4th century Gallo-Roman villa in 1969. The many coloured mosaics were still intact illustrating the vine-growing and wine-making vocation of this locality known as “Le Palat” (palladium, palace) which was, according to CNRS researchers, one of the properties belonging to the poet-consul Ausone (308-394) who gave his name to the current chateau. Murals dating from the late 2nd century attest to the ancient origins of vines here in Saint-Emilion. If the region’s wines are so renowned today, the enduring presence of a few families has clearly played an important role.
IN ARDUIS FORTIOR
Deeply attached, rooted, even, in this terroir, the Malet family is proud to follow their family motto: “In arduis fortior”, meaning “stronger in adversity.
The passion of men
Count Leo de Malet Roquefort inherited the family property in 1958.Early in life, Alexandre de Malet Roquefort was drawn by his passion for this terroir and has never stopped working to reveal the splendour of the Chateau La Gaffeliere estate. With the same passion, father and son worked together to improve and enhance the vineyard, combining ancestral methods and modern techniques in their continuous quest for perfection. Since April 2013, Alexandre de Malet Roquefort has been managing all the family properties, including Chateau La Gaffeliere.
LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE
The great wine, LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE was thought up and created by the Malet Roquefort family, owners of Chateau La Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe.
It was during an animated discussion with his son, Alexandre about this wine and terroir they both love so, that a mutual dream was born...To transmit and share their love of Saint-Emilion through a product accessible to all wine-lovers.
To seal this commitment between creators and its values LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE raise proudly its coat of arms. The new packaging of Saint-Emilion is signed by Alexandre de Malet Roquefort.
H for HAUT (adj.) : higher,
G for GAFFELIERE, excellence of Saint-Emilion…
The art of creating wines which are unforgettable…
Maison Malet Roquefort has a deep knowledge of the Bordeaux vineyard and reveals its skills at the different family properties, from Bordeaux Superieur to Saint-Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe.
With its wealth of knowledge, the Maison Malet Roquefort has succeeded in forging special ties with winegrowers over the years.
This respect and mutual recognition gives us access to the best of this terroir…
The Winemaker ? CLAUDE GROS
Claude Gros was born in the country of the sun, near Narbonne. It is with the cicada song that he discovers the grenache, the syrah, the sweetness of wines of Banyuls. He started to acquire recognition in Burgundy, where he earned the nickname of " the winemaker from another country ". Claude Gros continued his trip in France and came to give his expert opinion in the Bordeaux area. The Chateau La Fleur Morange trusted him very fast. Since he has worked on this property, wines increase dramatically in quality and acquired an international fame. Mr Thunevin made him discover the incredible terroir of Pomerol on his property Le Clos du Beau Pere. Its know-how, its availability and its conviviality lead him to work out of the french borders: the domaine Ribera del Duero in Spain, Sea Smoke Cellars in California, Santomas in Slovenia… Claude Gros is also consultant of the Malet Roquefort family properties. As consultant and oenologist he wrote 2 books published in the editions Dunod / La Vigne.
The Winemaker- FLORENCE TESSIER
Florence Tessier obtained his national diploma of oenology in the faculty of Bordeaux in 1997.Once it prestigious diploma obtained she worked for the group Carrefour for 14 years.At first responsible for laboratory in Normandy, she occupied successively different positions in the production field. Finally , she became wine buyer for theJohanes Boubee Group. Fascinated by wine, she led on her spare time an oenological club during her stay in Normandy. In 2012, she joined the Maison Malet Roquefort as purchaser and oenologist. For Florence, the wine is a natural product which has to be preserved. She limits treatment to respect the integrity of the wines and reveal all the aromas. Considered as being a demanding woman, she follows with extreme care all the wines she purchases to guarantee a constant quality.
Selection, the pursuit of excellence
Wines of LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE are selected within fifty properties located in the most beautiful terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux. For each vintage, only 10 % of tasted wines are pre-selected by Florence As a second step, the pre-selected wines are tasted once again by the tasting committee composed by Florence Teissier, the winemaker of Maison Malet Roquefort and Claude Gros, the winemaker of Malet Roquefort properties to make the final blend of LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE.
The Winemaking process LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE
The winemaker of Maison Malet Roquefort selects wines after this precise stage of the wine-making process. They must be then validated by the committee of tasting to enter the final blend of LES HAUTS DE LA GAFFELIERE. The wine making and the blending of grape-varieties are made by our partner chateaux, according to defined guidelines Maturing:Once this two-fold validation has been performed, our winemakers age these wines very precisely to strengthen their structure, bring complexity, revealing elegant and subtle vanilla and toasted notes. At each stage of the process, all our wines undergo analytical and organoleptic checks to monitor and control their development.