This is a potentially excellent Saint-Emilion estate which has shown a marked improvement in quality since 2001. It was bought by Bernard Arfeuille in 1956 and is now run by his son, Luke, who shares his father's enthusiasm.
With just 6.5 hectares under vine, the property is relatively small, but it enjoys an enviable location: close to the town, on the limestone plateau, it has Trottevieille and Pavie-Macquin as its neighbours. La Serre means 'greenhouse': a nod to the estate's southerly exposure which means the vineyard sees sunshine all day long.
This elegant wine, packed full of ripe sweet fruit, is a blend of 87% merlot and 13% cabernet franc. It ages for 15 months in wood, 45% of which is new oak, and will keep well for between five and 15 years.