Bordeaux Martin and Charlotte Krajewski
Clos Cantenac, Grand Cru St Emilion, & Château Séraphine, Pomerol.
Father and daughter team, Martin and Charlotte Krajewski, expanded their Right Bank ventures with the purchase of 2.23 hectares of vines in Pomerol in 2016; rechristened Château Séraphine after Martin's Polish grandmother, Seraphina.
Since her return from New Zealand in 2017, the wines of Clos Cantenac and Château Séraphine have been made by Charlotte, Martin’s daughter. Full of ideas yet respectful of tradition, Charlotte – or Lolly as she is known to her friends – is making incredibly pure, vibrant wines which are all about their terroir.
Both Clos Cantenac in St Emilion and Château Séraphine in Pomerol - the properties are barely 5 km away from each other - follow similar strategies in the vineyard and winery. They have reintroduced cover crop to the vineyards and use only sustainable products and practices in order to protect their vines and the environment.
A strict timetable is not something that exists at either of the Krajewski's properties; instead close observation in the vineyard and reacting accordingly. During harvest, this might mean passing through an individual block of vines two, or even three times, to ensure optimum ripeness. Both properties have had new wineries built in the last few years, and Clos Cantenac also boasts an onsite wine laboratory.
Château Séraphine's first vintage was in 2017, and was quickly voted "A rising star in Pomerol" by Jane Anson of Decanter Magazine in May of the same year. One more vintage on, and we couldn't agree more with her. Despite both grands vins often being the same blend (in 2018 they were both 100% Merlot), Clos Cantenac and Séraphine could not be more different - a fabulous lesson in why place matters so much.
From Clos Cantenac also comes L'Exuberance Rosé, the first rosé to be produced in St Emilion, and a sell-out since its first vintage in 2015. Some barrel fermentation and lees ageing give this wine an extraordinary depth of flavour, with soft red berry fruit, creamy and fresh; deliciously attractive and so very different in style from Provence rosés.
"The colour is a triumph, a beautifully pale, shimmering salmon pink. A standout in the company of other Bordeaux rosé leaving the mouth clean, refreshed and wanting more.” Hugo Rose MW
We offer wines from both properties each year en primeur, and their rosé when released. Be warned, they never stick around for that long...
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