Château La Serre
Saint-Émilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux
Situated just outside the village of St. Emilion, Chateau La Serre is across the street from Chateau La Couspaude. Its south facing aspect is how Chateau La Serre takes its name with the more literal translation meaning 'greenhouse.' The estate is beautifully situated to capture maximum exposure to the sun. The chateau was constructed at the latter end on the seventeenth century and in more recent times the Estate came into the ownership of the d’Arfeuille family, who retain it to this day. It was in 1956 that Bernard Arfeuille purchased this beautiful property which is perched on the heights of St.Emilion - it is famous for its soil, limestone plateau starfish, which produces wines of great finesse.
The terroir of is chalk, clay and sand and consists of vines planted in 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The average vine age is 35 years with plantings to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare. The wine is vinified in traditional concrete vats.
Ageing is achieved over 16 months in 50% new French oak barrels. On average, 2,000 cases of Chateau La Serre are produced annually with some of the juice declassified into a second wine, Les Menuts de La Serre.