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Christian Serafin Pere et Fils

The reserved and considered son of a Polish immigrant Christian Sérafin holds a stunning suite of fabulous vineyards which produce intense and structured Cote de Nuits reds which command a fair swathe of new oak. The fruit concentration from low yields and a propensity to harvest late is such that the wines easily handle the oak regime. The Sérafin wines are also structured firmly with appropriately powerful tannin and acid levels and as such are generally best consumed after ten years cellaring.

The vineyards are managed biologically with no regular application of systemic herbicides or pesticides. The vinification is both simple and natural with no artificial yeasts or enzymes, done in stainless steel. They are not racked until they are homogenized prior to bottling, nor are they fined or filtered.

There are two main oak producers used, François Frère and Taransaud of which the Bourgogne receives 50% new, the village Gevrey 70% new with the Gevrey Vieilles Vignes, the Premiers Cru’s and the Grand Cru 100% new oak.
 

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

“I have always very much admired the Serafin wines as being one of the most successful domaines to combine old school techniques with 100% new wood and make it work, both in terms of transparency of terroir but also of producing balanced, pure and serious wines. As good as the Serafin 2005s are, and they are indeed excellent, his ‘04s are every bit as successful in the context of that vintage and it could be argued perhaps even more so." Bughound

“Exuberant, lavishly flavored red burgundies are the speciality of Gevrey-based Christian Sérafin, achieved by low yields, late harvesting and ample new oak. Sérafin’s Charmes-Chambertin is a reference bottle." Andrew Jefford

“Sérafin’s wines are full-bodied, meaty, and abundantly rich, with a good touch of spice, and are nicely oaky rather than excessively so. This is a splendid address." Clive Coates, MW

“I detected some real sensitivity in these 2004s. If this trend continues Christian and his team will become full members of the Gevrey aristocracy. I fully expect this to happen. These 2004s are very fine indeed." Matthew Jukes

"… these ‘06s are simply terrific. They are also very much in keeping with the Sérafin style if perhaps just a touch more elegant though that may be the natural elegance of the ’06 vintage influencing my view." Burghound