- Domaine Sérafin Père et Fils
- Pinot Noir
- 2010 - 2019
- Case size
Burghound, January 2005,
An elegant and pure nose of red cherry and raspberry aromas together with hints of leather, earth and a touch of minerality highlight finely structured middle weight flavors that are delicious, transparent and expressive. This is really a lovely and well-balanced effort that displays solid length.Drink: 2010+.
Matthew Jukes, November 2003
2002 Gevrey-Chambertin, 1er Cru Fonteny (£414 in bond) – Fonteny is much more brooding and deeper than Corbeaux – back in the VV mould. But curiously it is still not as intense as the VV itself. Once again we have gone for complexity over power and there are some amazing lifted raspberry, strawberry and red cherry notes on the nose. The finish is tight, and you'll need five-to-eightyears before you can open this wine. But when you do it will be very seductive indeed.
Clive Coates, January 2004
GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN, LE FONTENYMedium weight. It lacks just a little punchand grip on the attack. Long. Lovelybalanced fruit but a slight lack of energy. Adelicate wine. The finish is certainly longand very seductive. Very good indeed. Butnot fine. From 2009.
Domaine Sérafin Père et Fils
The Sérafin family are part of the establishment in Gevrey Chambertin. From when he took over from his father in the 1960 until his recent retirement, if you ever want to get in touch with Christian, you either had to call him as the rooster crowed in the morning or long after the sun had set. The rest of the time, he was working out in the vines or deep in his cellars. The domaine is now run by cousins Frédérique and Karine who are continuing the family tradition of making bold and structured wines. Their Pinots benefit from a period of bottle age and typically express fine tertiary characteristics. They do not fine or filter their wines, and only rack when necessary. Not shy of new oak, they use up to 50% on their straight Bourgogne and often 100% on the rest of their cuvées depending on the concentration. The wines tend to be ample and fleshy, and the richest ones need some cellaring in order to better integrate the spicy, cedarwood flavours.
The greatest village in terms of notable grand cru vineyards, Gevrey Chambertin has no less than 9 of them including its most famous Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze, and includes a premier cru vineyard that many people deem grand cru in quality - Clos St. Jacques. It encompasses approximately 400 hectares under vine also making it the largest top quality vineyard area in the Côte de Nuits. Gevrey-Chambertin has many followers who seek out its deeply coloured, robust and textured wines. They are often firmer than the neighbouring appellations of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanée and can take several years to soften once released. Due to its size and reputation, the list of excellent producers is noteworthy and many are worth seeking out.