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Chateau La Serre History, Overview
Chateau La Serre is located just outside the village of Saint Emilion. It is situated exactly across the street from Chateau La Couspaude. Chateau La Serre takes its name from its south-facing position, as La Serre can be translated to, greenhouse, which the vineyards receive, due to its sunny exposure.
The chateau was constructed towards the end of the 17th century. During the late 1800s, the property was purchased by Albert Macquin, who also owned the neighboring Chateau Pavie Macquin. Chateau La Serre was purchased in the 1950s by the d’Arfeuille family, that also owned Chateau La Pointe in Pomerol at the time.
The d’Arfeuille family continues to own and manage the estate today. Although, winemaking, vineyard management, and marketing are handled by Ets. Moueix. In 2003 the cellars and vat rooms of Chateau La Serre were modernized. They removed their stainless steel tanks and moved to new, concrete fermentation vats.
Chateau La Serre Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 7-hectare vineyard of Chateau La Serre is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is planted in 1 large block of vines. The vineyard has a terroir of chalk, clay, and sand soils. The vines in their best terroir are not that far from Chateau Pavie Macquin, Chateau Villemaurine, and Chateau Trotte Vieille. The average vine age in their Saint Emilion vineyard is 35 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,000 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau La Serre, vinification takes place in traditional concrete vats. This Right Bank wine is aged for an average of 16 months in 50% new, French oak barrels. On average, 2,000 cases of Chateau La Serre are produced each year.
The best vintages of Chateau La Serre are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
There is a second wine, Les Menuts de La Serre. However, the second wine is only produced in select vintages.
When to Drink Chateau La Serre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau La Serre needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Serre is usually better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Mangot offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-12 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau La Serre with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau La Serre is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau La Serre is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau La Serre is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château La Serre Wine Tasting Notes
14 Vintages 38,556 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Full-bodied, silky, fresh and packed with chocolate, black and red plums, licorice, oak and crushed rocks, there is serious vibrancy and depth of flavor here. Polished lively and long, with sweetness and purity to the fruits that linger, this is the best vintage of La Serre I have ever tasted. 93-95 Pts
980 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium-bodied, soft, approachable and with a juicy, fresh, plummy core of berries and herbs, this will drink best in its youth. 89-91 Pts
2,038 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fresh, fruity and fun to taste, the wine has more richness than experienced in previous vintages. Now, you find layers of sweet plum, cherry, licorice, spice and earthy nuances. Give this just a few years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 2 decades. 91 Points
658 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Rich, fat and juicy with more fruit and substance than I have ever seen here, the wine is fleshy, fresh, fruity and fun to drink. 90-92 Pts
1,419 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Fruity in a classic sense, the wine is sharp, ripe, medium bodied and mineral driven. Give it a few years to come together and it should be a nicely enhanced wine. 88 Points
1,609 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, bright and with loads of sweet cherries and licorice on the palate, the wine is juicy, clean and fresh. 90 Points
1,627 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Deeply colored, fleshy, sweet, round and ripe with volume, length and freshness, this is the best vintage of La Serre I have ever tasted. 90 Points
2,318 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium-bodied, soft, earthy and fresh, the fruits are ripe with freshness and just hint of licorice and that desired mineral essence that adds a saltiness to the fruit. This will be better with a few years of age. . 90 Points
2,962 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
With a distinctive floral and red berry nose, this medium-bodied wine is elegant, fresh, soft and sweet with a lingering, spicy cherry note. 89 Points
1,892 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
|2014||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Flowers and cherry blossoms in the nose are perfectly paired with the wine’s medium bodied, fresh, light, easy drinking, cherry-dominated style. 87-89 Pts
2,229 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Light ruby in hue, the wine is earthy, sweet and focused on bright red cherries in the finish. Already open, drink this young. 84-86 Pts
1,821 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2014
|2012||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Cherry, earth and thyme on the nose, medium bodied, with soft, crisp, fresh, light, cherries and red fruit in the finish. 88 Points
2,438 Views Tasted May 16, 2015
With a light kiss of oak, the wine offers fresh cherries, medium body and a light, fresh, clean, red berry finish. 86-88 Pts
2,456 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Located close to the St. Emilion village, this wine offers earth, cocoa and black cherry scents with soft textures, medium body and a soft red berry finish. 88-90 Pts
3,054 Views Tasted Apr 24, 2012
|2010||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
La Serre Located close to the St. Emilion village offers licorice, oak and black cherry, medium body and a soft, black raspberry finish. 88-90 Pts
3,639 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2011
|2009||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Forward, medium bodied, fresh, open and serving up an easy drinking mix of ripe dark cherries, black raspberry, flowers and earth, with a soft, polished finish. 89 Points
2,335 Views Tasted Feb 27, 2015
|2008||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
08 Château La Serre shows a ruby color with some black fruit and red tints. Medium bodied with an easy going, simple finish. 87-89 Pts
3,542 Views Tasted Jul 1, 2009
|1961||Château La Serre (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From a perfectly stored magnum, sweet pipe tobacco, cherries, earth and forest scents met with a medium bodied, soft textured wine that ended with spicy, red cherries. What a nice surprise. 89 Points
1,539 Views Tasted Jan 24, 2013