- Chateau Séraphine
- Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot
- 2026 - 2040
- Case size
- Available Later
Neal Martin, June 2020,
The 2019 Séraphine comes from the 2.2ha vineyard owned by Martin Krajewski, pure Merlot at the moment though Cabernet Franc was planted in April 2017. Picked over 3 days from 24 September to 26 September at 25hl/ha, it underwent a day's cold soak before maturation in 300-litre barrels plus clay amphora for the first time. Just 2,800 bottles are produced. It offers deep ripe blackberry and briary scents on the nose intermixed with dark chocolate and hints of black truffle. The new oak (40%) is neatly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins matched by a keen thread of acidity. Deceivingly understated on the entry, it packs a lot of intensity towards the finish with enticing cracked black pepper and clove notes towards the finish. This is a step up, a more interesting Pomerol, compared to earlier vintages. One to watch...
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.