Château Séraphine 2017

“A rising star in Pomerol”

Jane Anson, Decanter, May 2017

Please note that the 2017 vintage of Château Séraphine has now sold out. To register your interest for the 2018 vintage, please email

100% Merlot, 50% new barrels. Deep purple black with some red tints, with a wonderfully perfumed black fruit nose, hints of cedar and red berry too, spiced with new wood, leading to a palate of gorgeous floral black fruit, very elegant and fresh, with a substantial structure without being overbearing and a big tannic backbone, very ripe, spiced, rich and intense going to an immensely long, creamed finish. A real triumph. Drink 2022 - 2030

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Regular readers of Private Cellar missives will recognise the name of wine dynamo Martin Krajewski, even if that of Château Séraphine is not familiar to them – yet. Having sold Château de Sours in 2016, the opportunity to buy just over 2.2 hectares of vines in Pomerol was just too irresistible for Martin, given that good vineyards rarely become available with most handed on behind closed doors to those in the know. That the vineyards were well positioned and fully planted with Merlot vines ranging up to 55 years old was a real bonus.

The wines of Pomerol are often divided into the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ – the ‘haves’ situated on the plateau with the crasse de fer blue clay subsoil and the ‘have-nots’ on the margins, with gravel or sand based soils. The reality is less cut and dried; the plateau’s blue clay is not just an isolated button of dense subsoil, but is also found elsewhere, both within Pomerol and St Emilion. Château Séraphine has a mix of soils with one part of the vineyard situated on the famous blue clay, bringing power to the wines, and the other part on deep alluvial gravel soils, source of more perfumed, feminine characteristics. The combination is a potent one.

2017 was the début vintage for Château Séraphine, and a true baptism of fire. As the vineyard was up for sale in 2016, it had been essentially neglected during the growing season and needed to be brought back in hand; once that had been done, the April frosts slightly reduced the potential yield, but thereafter nature was on the whole more than kind, with sun, timely rain and fine weather right through to harvest in September. The winemaker is Charlotte Krajewski, Martin’s daughter, late of Trinity Hill and Elephant Hill in New Zealand, with a wealth of experience and the energy to challenge the established regimes, which meant that Château Séraphine saw a quarter of the harvest going to fermentation intégrale, otherwise known as whole bunch fermentation, carried out in barrel rather than tank. The results are not short of spectacular, and, given that this is only the first vintage, this is definitely a property to watch.

SOLD OUT   per case
in bond
Château Séraphine, Pomerol 2017 per 6 bottles £490
  per 3 magnums £490
  per double magnum £395

This wine will be shipped in the Spring of 2020 and Private Cellar’s Terms & Conditions for en primeur purchases apply. Offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

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