Château Séraphine,

L’Innocence de Séraphine

Merlot,
Bordeaux,France,
2019
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  • Greg Sherwood: 93

£65.00

Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Château de Séraphine in Pomerol is Martin Krajewski’s most recent project in Bordeaux and is named after his grandmother. The estate consists of only 2.2 hectares in two parcels, one hectare in Plince and 1.2 hectares in Mazeyres. Having purchased the plots in 2017, a digger was used to dig deep soil pits and evaluate the soil profile in each.

Martin was ecstatic to discover blue clay two metres deep, the type of clay that is so special to Pomerol. Each vine is tended by hand, with ploughing and tilling of the soils done using a horse rather than tractors, which tend to compact the soil.

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In The Cellar
One day of cold soak (10°C) followed by alcoholic fermentation (26-28°C) for 9-10 days with regular ‘remontage’ and a single ‘delastage’. Post fermentation extended maceration (28ºC) for 3 weeks followed by malolactic fermentation in 300L new oak barrels whilst we also employed a 1000L clay amphora for the first time. We also filled 2 new French oak ‘barrel integrale’ by gravity and directly from the sorting table and positioned them on our oxo-line system. This increases the harmonisation of the oak from the start of the fermentation process and gives the wine more structure. After malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was racked off its lees into barrel (40% new, 60% second/third-fill) where it will now age for the next 12-14 months.

In The Vineyard
Our vineyard has an overall surface of 2.2 hectares but is split into two parcels of vines. At Plince we have 1 hectare of vines situated on a well-draining slope of sandy topsoil over clay and deep gravels and 0.4h of this plot was replanted with Cabernet Franc in April 2017 at 8000 vines per/h. The second block at Mazeyres is 1.2h and is also laid out in two distinct sections. The first part consists of a raised deposit of deep gravels on 0.6h and is planted with old Merlot vines. The second part sits on a gently sloping 0.6h and is a patchwork of shallow sandy soils over gravels and blue clay (smectite) and was replanted with Merlot in April 2017 at 8,000 plants per/h. We work exclusively by horse for all of our soil works including under row ploughing and tilling and employ eco-friendly viticultural practices. During the 2019 growing year we decided to maintain a slightly higher density canopy and so did only a light leaf-thinning in the early season on the side of the rising sun. Then in early August we also did a green harvest to adjust the crop size and to take pressure of the vines after the long warm summer.
“Deep red-black right to the rim, with savoury marmite aromas complemented by a lovely nose of violet-infused fruit, rich and intense. It also displays fresh, toasty and really interesting notes that lead to a palate of ripe, spiced, black fruits, making it supple and medium-bodied. It is an elegant wine that also shows lovely cinnamon notes and is fresh and leafy too with a refreshing bitter cranberry twist and bite, but all nicely done, with a long, rich sweet finish.” — Martin Krajewski, Proprietor
Alcohol:14