This 7 hectare vineyard is situated along the edge of Saint-Émilion’s famous limestone terrace, just a few dozen meters from the center of this medieval town. The vineyard is planted on a south-facing limestone plateau (hence its name, “the greenhouse”) covered with a thin layer of clay and averages 35 years of age.
M. Luc d’Arfeuille, the estate’s passionate owner, favors a traditional approach in both the vineyard and the winery and his methods ensure that this exceptional terroir is perfectly expressed in his wines. The soil is tilled manually to avoid the use of herbicides, and vineyard work is kept to the minimum to allow the vineyard’s natural character to shine through. Traditional interventions such as pruning and disbudding suffice to control yields.
The estate has recently introduced some modern elements, such as pre-fermentary cold maceration and, more recently, optical sorting, to allow only the purest expression of this privileged terroir.
M. d’Arfeuille and his team seek balance in all aspects of winemaking, pursuing the legendary elegance of the wines that have been produced on this historic land for centuries.
The wines of Château La Serre are deep and generous with a streak of minerality.
A Blend of 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc.
Dark red cherries, smoke, tobacco, licorice and sweet herbs flesh out in the 2014 La Serre. Lifted, gracious and translucent, the 2014 is impeccable in its overall balance. Hints of new leather and spice add nuance on the supple, open-knit finish. This is a relatively delicate style of St.-Emilion, yet all the elements fall into place nicely. [89-92 Points, Antonio Galloni – April 2015, vinous.com]