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2018 Ch. Seraphine + 2018 L'Innocence de Seraphine

New Stars in Pomerol
March 9, 2021

 

Pomerol

 

Bordeaux's  Right Bank has been a center for innovation in the region.  Its heady merlot-based wines are among the most prized. In the last 25 years, garagistes have created the highly regarded  Ch. le Pin, Valandraud  & la Mondotte 

Entrepreneur and oenophile Martin Krajewski has entered this firmament. He has proved his ability to accomplish this, having raised the quality and reputation of Chateau de Sours, Bordeaux and Clos Cantenac, St. Emilion Grand Cru.

His new property is christened Chateau Seraphine after his grandmother. It is tiny and very much a family affair with his daughter Charlotte making the wine with the advice of oenologue Florent Dumot. 2018 is only its second vintage but it has gathered extravagant praise from several critics and people in the wine trade.

Andrew Caillard MW 'Deep crimson. Intense dark plum, chocolate, espresso aromas with oak notes. Richly concentrated, dark plum, dark chocolate, liquorice flavours, fine loose-knit chalky textures, roasted chestnut notes, some chinotto characters. Inky complexity and firm chalky finish. Well balanced wine which will build more complexity and richness with time.'

Lisa Perotti Brown, Wine Advocate"

"deep garnet-purple color and offers up an expressive nose of baked blackberries, blueberry compote and plum preserves with suggestions of Indian spices, wild sage, damp soil and camphor plus wafts of mocha and smoked meats. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with black fruit and spicy layers with a gorgeous, velvety frame and plenty of freshness to lift the long, savory finish."

Neal Martin Vinous "a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose. it seems to settle in the glass and manifests attractive smoke and truffle aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is a fine bead of acidity here and a sense of elegance and harmony on the pastille-like finish. Very promising from this new addition to the Pomerol landscape."

Jane Anson Decanter "A wine with huge promise here – a lovely fresh elegance holds interest through the palate with touches of liquorice root beside the sweet black and brambly fruits. 35 to 40-year-old vines which help ensure the wine’s complexity and depth. … amounts are tiny, and include production of a second wine, which certainly shows commitment to quality."

Seraphine is all Merlot from  30 to 40-year-old vines grown on rare blue clay. Yields are held to grand cru levels of 35 hl/ha even in abundant years like 2018. That said, it has more than garagiste fruit. Although very ample in fruit, it respects the qualities of its vineyard. New oak is used but measured in effect 

In January last year, Martin brought his current releases from Clos Cantenac to Federal. He brought also barrel samples of Ch. Seraphine, the sold-out  2017 and 2018. The 2017 was eclipsed by the sumptuous 2018.  Those who came to this have been asking me when they could get the 2018. The answer is in about three weeks. 

Only 400 cases of six  were made, only 20 of these have come to America  -  My notes from this and the second wine are from January 2020

 

2018 Ch. La Seraphine (Pomerol); Color: Black opaque; Aroma: very dense reserved, ,  heady & broad, very full mixed notes of deep mocha, touch of spice dark fruit; Mouth: soft heady and layered,  with great red & black fruit  richness, very very long; Outstanding 265 Net per bottle, cases of 6 available

 

There is only a little more of the very fine second wine l'Innocence de Seraphine.

 

2018 L'Innocence de Seraphine (Pomerol); Color: purple-black; Aroma: reserved,, very rich, very dense, redolent of violet,  dense, full, ; Mouth: light lifted, fresh, clean graphite, , clean, rather finely spiced with good acidity, great finesse  ripe finish; Excellent - Outstanding 95 Net per bottle, cases of 6 available

 

Order by phone at 617.367.8605, or reserve here: order@federalwine.com

 

           - Len Rothenberg

 


 

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