Familial property of 35ha, cultivated in high density, on the eastern foothills of the Massif Central, near the gorges de la Loire. This cuvée is similar to Les Originelles in that it is from a blend of different vineyards and that the amount produced and vineyards that it is sourced from vary from year to year. Its identity comes from the granitic soils in each terroir and the older vine ages: while the youngest vines may be only 10 years old, some of the domaine’s oldest vines give their fruit to this cuvée as well. More entrenched vine root systems add complexity and the granite soils are the hallmark of the Sérol’s terroir. Côte Roannaise, one of the most southerly regions in the Loire, is just west of Beaujolais and the wines show a lot of similarities. The soils are granite and clay, the grape is Gamay, fermentation is whole bunch. Lots of bright red fruits (strawberries, raspberries) on the youthful nose, with herbs and spices, giving way to a silky-smooth mouthfeel.
Family estate, farmed biodynamically, on the eastern foothills of the Massif Central, close to the gorges de la Loire. Stéphane Sérol took over the estate from his father in 1996. With his wife, Carine, they selected the best potential terroirs of granite soils at high altitude (400 to 500 meters) and cleared the fields to replant vineyards. They naturally chose to plant the region’s indigenous, local grape variety: Gamay Saint Romain. 32 hectares of Gamay Saint Romain and 2 hectares of Viognier are planted on granite soils with high density: between 8,000 and 10,000 vines/hectare.One new vineyard of 2 hectares of Chenin Blanc, planted in 2018, offers a new white wine. Domaine Sérol and Michel Troisgros share ownership of Les Blondins, a two-hectare vineyard of Gamay.