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Château La Serre has an exceptional position in the very heart of Saint-Emilion, two hundred meters from the town ramparts. The residence was constructed at the end of the XVIIth century by Romain de Labayme, who was from an ancient family of jurists, barristers at the parliament of Bordeaux and five mayors from 1541 to 1728; he was given the title “Sir de Laserre”. Planted on the famous chalky clay plateau, it spreads over 18 acres between Villemaurine and Trottevieille. The vineyards consist of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Average vine age is 30 years. The wine is aged 16 months in 100% new oak barrels. On the palate it displays a splendid texture with fine tannins and a fresh finish with hints of toast.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".