- Under current ownership since 2016
- Martin Krajewski
- Charlotte Krajewski
- 2.23 hectares
- Key Varietals
- Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Château Séraphine Pomerol
L'Innocence de Séraphine
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In 2016, the Krajewski family, proprietors of nearby Clos Cantenac in Saint-Emilion, acquired the vines and buildings of two Pomerol estates, Chateau Monbrun and Clos Picassou. The father-daughter team, Martin and Charlotte Krajewski, quickly recognized that property for sale isn’t something that happens a lot in Pomerol and that this was a rare opportunity they needed to make happen! The following year the merged properties were renamed Chateau ‘Séraphine’ after Martin’s grandmother. The name Séraphine was chosen not only as ‘homage’ to his Polish farming heritage, but also with great respect for Pomerol’s rich history and traditions. 2017 marked the first harvest on site and the new buildings, Chateau and winery, were completed in 2019.Visit Website
The philosophy at Pomerol’s Chateau Séraphine is to guide the wines, with minimal intervention, in a hands-off approach that engages vintage variation and a sense of this exclusive terroir. This begins in the vineyard, where close attention aims to produce the highest quality fruit possible. The gentle winemaking steps that follow are intended to preserve the integrity of the fruit and encourage the finest expression of Chateau Séraphine’s Pomerol estate. All winemaking processes and techniques are non-intrusive. The fruit, handpicked into small baskets, is whole-bunch sorted then de-stemmed and manually sorted. No pumps are used during fermentation, just 100% gravity. Classic fermentation methods with only moderate extraction are needed to coax the finest tannins and texture. An extended maceration typically follows. Winemaker Charlotte Krajewski also prefers to work with the barrel integrale method, again working by gravity and then all the malolactic fermentation is completed in 300L barrels. She believes that the integration of the wood is much better for the style and objective that they seek in terms of finesse and elegance. The racking of barrels is only done when necessary.
The allure of Pomerol’s soils, producing some of the world’s best Merlots of all time, is undeniable. Chateau Séraphine fully embraces their terroir and gently farms two distinctly different vineyard parcels sustainably, to ensure their magnificence for future generations. Sustainable and adaptable viticultural practices match the health and maturity of the vineyards. Each season, careful and close observation results in deploying their best efforts to meet the requirements of the current growing year. All soil work is done by horse, while the canopy management, de-budding, crop thinning and de-leafing are all meticulously carried out by hand to protect and maintain the correct yields and enhance quality. Harvest is conducted according to a precise analysis of key indicators, the ripeness of the fruit and the experience of the Chateau Séraphine team.