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Chateau La Serre, 2016
Bordeaux Futures Pre-Sale - St Emilion - 96 Pts WA

Chateau La Serre, 2016
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Alcohol %
13
Item Ships: Sep 30, 2019
2016 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale - 95 Pts WA
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This little-known jewel of a property produces a wine which defines Saint-Emilion at its best. There are less than 16 acres in production, the vines averaging about 35 years of age. In 2016 the blend reflects how the vineyard is planted. 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Owner Luc d’Arfeuille has stuck to his guns, determined to make another classically balanced wine – in which he has completely succeeded. “I aim to produce wines which will give pleasure, which everyone will enjoy to drink.” There is no over-extraction here, no delayed harvesting to achieve over-ripeness, and only a judicious replacement of 40% of the barrels each year.

2016 La Serre is purple-ruby of medium depth, the nose showing fresh, bright, open aromas. In the mouth, there is immediate, bouncing fruitiness, with mid-palate of classic proportions, creamily-textured tannins and lovely, fresh length. Here is an impeccably-balanced wine, highly recommended for mid-term ageing

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This little-known jewel of a property produces a wine which defines Saint-Emilion at its best. There are less than 16 acres in production, the vines averaging about 35 years of age. In 2016 the blend reflects how the vineyard is planted. 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc. Owner Luc d’Arfeuille has stuck to his guns, determined to make another classically balanced wine – in which he has completely succeeded. “I aim to produce wines which will give pleasure, which everyone will enjoy to drink.” There is no over-extraction here, no delayed harvesting to achieve over-ripeness, and only a judicious replacement of 40% of the barrels each year. 2016 La Serre is purple-ruby of medium depth, the nose showing fresh, bright, open aromas. In the mouth, there is immediate, bouncing fruitiness, with mid-palate of classic proportions, creamily-textured tannins and lovely, fresh length. Here is an impeccably-balanced wine, highly recommended for mid-term ageing
Ratings
Up on the plateau, La Serre's vines are planted on clay over limestone and showcase just why this soil type is such a success in this vintage. Juicy and restrained without withholding or begrudging. Gentle caffè latte oaking that emphasises a creamy mid-palate without ever starting over the line to sweetness. I always love this château and it is a huge success in 2016. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aged in 50% new oak. 3.5pH. 95 Points Decanter
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