Château La Serre is an absolute joy for us to represent. We were appointed the US importer by Christian Moueix, who sells Château La Serre on an exclusive basis through his family's Pomerol and Saint-Emilion negociant firm, Jean-Pierre Moueix.
Luc d’Arfeuille's family has owned the property for 100 years, and he and his wife are the most wonderful people. The name of the winery means “greenhouse”, and references the fact that the vineyards are on the crest of Saint-Emilion and slope to the south, giving them exposure to the sun day long. The 17 acre vineyard is 600 feet from the town of Saint-Emilion, and planted on shallow clay soils above limestone – the road dividing the two major vineyard parcels on Château La Serre is in fact blocked off, since there is an old limestone quarry below the vineyard and it’s dangerous for cars to drive over it. La Serre’s neighbors include Pavie Macquin, Ausone, Trottevielle, and some vineyards used for Valandraud. La Serre is in other words in an incredible location, and is noteworthy for several reasons: the grapes achieve fantastic ripeness and as a result they see no need to green harvest and increase concentration, and subsequently the style is one of elegance over weight. Secondly, the wine offers tremendous quality for the money, it is one of the absolute little gems of Saint-Emilion.
June 18th, 2012
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Decanter Magazine featured our very own Chateau La Serre as one of their St-Emillion “good guys” in their Bordeaux 2012. Their comments on Chateau La Serre are below.
“It’s hard to imagine at La Serre – all peace and quiet, and not a wine shop in sight – that the town of St-Emillion is just a short walk away. Luc d’Arfeille’s family has owned the estate for more than 100 years and the wine is as charming as the owner himself: full of life, fruit and freshness, with no more structure than necessary but an ability to age and evolve. Beatrice d’Arfeuille, Luc’s other half, once scored a scoop by having the then President Jacques Chirac photographed at the estate with a glass of St-Emillion in from of him.”