reviewsJames Suckling 94-95/100
Chocolate, tobacco, blueberry and wet-earth aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Loads of beautiful fruit, yet it remains reserved and polished. One of the best ever?
Wine Advocate 91-93/100
The 2019 La Serre, the Saint-Émilion property owned by the d'Arfeuille family and run by J-P Moueix, has been a little gem in their line-up in recent years. The Merlot was picked 23 to 25 September, the Cabernet Franc on 5 October before élevage in 50% new oak. This has a nicely defined, vivacious and expressive nose with black cherries, iodine and hints of cassis. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannins, wonderful tension, not a deep or immensely structured Saint-Émilion, yet graceful and very harmonious on the finish. Superb.
The nose was all toast, smoke, and oak notes. The palate initially very tight with lashings of vanilla and spice. The concentration impressive, after a little while in the class this opened up and finished with a beautiful fresh lift. The length exceptional, this went on and on. A seriously smart La Serre this year.