GD Offer

All Merlot, all class. Right Bank 2019s

This marks the second offer we have done on the wines from Martin Krajewski’s pair of Right Bank Bordeaux estates, Château Séraphine (Pomerol) and Clos Cantenac (Saint-Émilion). The 2019s are highly impressive and testament to the passion and hard work of Martin’s daughter Charlotte and her team at both properties.

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From just two parcels of Merlot totaling 1.2 hectares, the grapes for the 2019 Château Séraphine were picked by hand and went through two phases of hand sorting at the winery. Malolactic fermentation took place in a combination of 300-litre French oak barrels, for the first time a single 1,000-litre clay amphora and two new French Vinification Intégrale barrels which were filled by way of gravity. Once the fermentation is complete, the wine is racked off its lees into barrel (40% new, 60% split between second and third-fill) for 12-14 months maturation.

”The top Pomerol wines cost a pretty penny, and the truth is that quality can rapidly fall away once you move off the gravel plateau. However, there are a clutch of wines that boast great terroir and often sell for reasonable prices (including) a quite brilliant Séraphine…’’
Neal Martin | Vinous | February 2022 | Bordeaux 2019s in Bottle

Just 2,800 bottles of 2019 Séraphine were produced. Due to very limited availability, we decided to put together a six-bottle mixed case split between the grand vin here and the second wine, the 2019 L’Innocence de Séraphine. Production of the Innocence is also very small at just 3,500 bottles of the 2019.

Château Séraphine 6-bottle case
R 9,995

Château Séraphine | Pomerol 2019 | 3 x bottles (R 2,500 per bottle)

L’Innocence de Séraphine | Pomerol 2019 | 3 x bottles (R 895 per bottle)
Not tasted

*Price is per 6-bottle mixed case and incl. VAT

Only 12 cases are available

Château Séraphine | Pomerol 2019”…a gorgeous, pure, lilting bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and light black truffle scents that unfold in the glass. I really appreciate the definition and detail, and the prudent use of new oak (40%). The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, a keen thread of acidity…and insistent grip on the finish. Traces of black pepper furnish the aftertaste. As I said before, one to watch.”
94 points | Neal Martin for Vinous | December 2021

Clos Cantenac, Saint-Émilion 2019
R 850 per bottle

The 2019 Clos Cantenac Grand Vin is 100% Merlot and produced from the oldest vines which are planted in three of the four blocks on the estate, totaling just 3 hectares. Grapes are picked by hand and due to the exceptional quality of the Merlot in 2019, a post-fermentation maceration of up to twenty days took place. Following which, malolactic fermentation took place in oak barrels. Following fermentation, the wine is racked off its lees into barrel (10% new and 90% split between second and third-fill) for 12 months maturation. Just 8,000 bottles of 2019 were produced.

We received just 60 bottles of the 2019 Clos Cantenac.

*Price is per 750ml bottle and incl. VAT

Clos Cantenac | Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2019 | R 850 per bottle
”…This instantly displays commendable breeding on the nose thanks to its detailed scents of black cherries mingling with pressed iris and allspice. The palate feels cohesive and prioritises elegance over horsepower. Modest grip with cracked black pepper and dark chocolate surface alongside black plum and salted liquorice towards the persistent finish. This is the finest Clos Cantenac that I have encountered from barrel.”
92-94 points | Neal Martin for Vinous | May 2020

In general, 2019 Bordeaux prices are very attractive and it’s a vintage to shop around and find those good opportunities – like these on offer today. We continue to bring in these wines direct from the Krajewski estates. Neal Martin provides an explanation for the pricing on the 2019 vintage in his article on Vinous, Omne Trium Perfectum: Bordeaux 2019s in Bottle (17 February 2022):

”Due to the pandemic, the 2019s were denied their primeur fanfare, and cautious châteaux, wary of an unknown future, kept release prices moderate….In hindsight, those who bought 2019s were rewarded with high-quality, well-priced wines that have since increased in market value. It was a pertinent reminder of what en primeur should be about.”