En Primeur | Domaine Sérafin Père & Fils 2019

The name of this fabulous estate Sérafin Père et Fils is somewhat misleading as it is now run by cousins Frédérique and Karine, with Christian now well into his 80s. Karine and Fréderique value all the things that Christian himself considered important: hard work in the vineyards to achieve the very best fruit possible, attention to detail and a preference for new oak to maximise the personality of their wines. Their secret is selecting finely grained oak from their favoured coopers, meaning the wood doesn’t leave too strong an imprint on the wines, but acts to enhance the fruit flavours.

This vintage and this superb 6 hectare domaine are a match made in heaven. The two cousins strive for rich, sweet flavours with natural intensity and structure. Their 2019s are arguably the most consistent range we have tasted from the estate in recent years from Grand Cru downwards. We were blown away by the gorgeous fruit and silken tannins of even their Bourgogne Rouge and village wines. This is a flagship vintage for the domaine.

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Size Qty Price Price (Inc VAT) Stat

 
2019

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux Christian Sérafin

6x75cl 5 £395.00 EP

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Corbeaux means curved hollow in old French and this vineyard lies in a small dip beside Mazis Chambertin Grand Cru. It is renowned for making charming, approachable wines, and the Serafins have 0.45 hectares in a walled vineyard. Whilst a little closed aromatically, it is excitingly bright and energetic on the palate. With crystalline red fruits, this is multi-layered and has an appealing warmth and richness. Long and exhilarating.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    There is enough reduction present to push the underlying fruit to the background. Otherwise there is a lovely texture to the sleek, intense and well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that conclude in a linear, firm and markedly compact finale. This needs to flesh out and add depth, yet the underlying material appears to be present for that to gradually occur. Drink: 2031+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 91-93

    The Sérafin vines are in their own little Clos in Les Corbeaux. Rather lighter in colour and again with a slightly meaty nose. A little more delicacy of fruit on the palate, even some elegance and floral notes, along with a little mandarin touch. Not too tannic behind. 4 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny Christian Sérafin

6x75cl 1 £540.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Named after the source of a spring to the village, the east/west aspect of this vineyard affords sunshine exposure throughout the day. Brilliant purple in colour, it has appealing savoury and dark hedgerow fruit aromas. In the palate one can taste the mocha and spice of the new oak, but this works perfectly with the lovely rich sensation of fruit. Hugely giving in style and a wine of real depth on the finish.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 90-92

    Here too there is sufficient reduction to blur the nuances of the nose though it seems reasonably clear that the fruit is ripe. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension on the refined and pure middle weight flavors that are not especially dense, but they are definitely finer and more mineral-driven while exhibiting a touch of youthfully austere on the highly refreshing and sneaky long finale. Drink: 2029+

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, December 2020,
    Score: 17.5+

    There is more fruit ripeness and less obvious coarse extraction here and the result is the most successful wine so far in this line-up. The balance is just about on cue and this will age slowly but surely, too, so I am happy with this wine.

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 92-95

    Lovely mid purple, the nose is intense, clean and pure. Brilliant rich fruit from the very start, with its usual coating of oak, but this is complete, powerful and fine, with the weight of a wine where the clay is a little more in evidence than the limestone. It certainly offers an extra degree of body compared to the lighter yet elegant Corbeaux. 4 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin Christian Sérafin

6x75cl 10+ £220.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    Full of brambles and wild dark berries. This is a firmly structured wine, compelling and intense. The slight edgy rusticity delivers power and weight, making this a benchmark village Gevrey. Destined to evolve further in bottle.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 88-91

    Brooding aromas display notes of the sauvage, underbrush, red and dark currant along with equally pungent earth. There is better volume and much better complexity to the solidly concentrated and fleshy medium-bodied flavors that deliver good length on the delicious finale where only a hint of rusticity appears. Drink: 2027+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 87-90

    60% new wood, 40% one year old. Rich dense fresh purple, nose has a punchy fresh fruit too, shows the oak more than most and there is a faint smoky bandaid tone behind, with a few tannins at the edge. But clean and pure. On the palate. 3 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Christian Sérafin

12x75cl 8 £595.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This really is a noticeable step up and an impressively delicious cuvée. Not surprising considering this is created from two village parcels boasting 70 year old and 100 year old vines. Dark blackberry in colour, this has lovely rich fruit compote and Morello cherry flavours. It is beautifully rounded and harmonious with wonderfully sweet fruit. Terrific intensity and the tight tannins underneath provide structure. A wine of class and great potential.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-92

    Here the equally brooding and restrained nose is compositionally quite similar to the straight Gevrey villages except that the sauvage character is more pronounced. There is more size, weight and mid-palate density to the intense and serious middle weight plus flavors as the old vines are in evident and especially so on the youthfully austere, rustic and highly complex finale. As it seemingly always does, this built-to-age effort boxes well above its weight. Outstanding Top value. Drink: 2029+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 89-92

    100% new wood. Rich purple, just a little bit meaty. There is a wealth of fruit from the start on the palate, very clean, fills the front of the mouth then continues through to managed wood tannins at the back. Good long clean finish. 3 Star

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2019

Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Christian Sérafin

12x37.5cl 1 £310.00 EP

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  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2020

    This really is a noticeable step up and an impressively delicious cuvée. Not surprising considering this is created from two village parcels boasting 70 year old and 100 year old vines. Dark blackberry in colour, this has lovely rich fruit compote and Morello cherry flavours. It is beautifully rounded and harmonious with wonderfully sweet fruit. Terrific intensity and the tight tannins underneath provide structure. A wine of class and great potential.

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2021,
    Score: 89-92

    Here the equally brooding and restrained nose is compositionally quite similar to the straight Gevrey villages except that the sauvage character is more pronounced. There is more size, weight and mid-palate density to the intense and serious middle weight plus flavors as the old vines are in evident and especially so on the youthfully austere, rustic and highly complex finale. As it seemingly always does, this built-to-age effort boxes well above its weight. Outstanding Top value. Drink: 2029+

  • JAM

    Jasper Morris MW, November 2020,
    Score: 89-92

    100% new wood. Rich purple, just a little bit meaty. There is a wealth of fruit from the start on the palate, very clean, fills the front of the mouth then continues through to managed wood tannins at the back. Good long clean finish. 3 Star

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