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Buying Bordeaux wine: not easy in Oz

Now that Uncorked and Cultivated is an ambassador for the newly-created Bordeaux negociant and maker Domaine Serisier (first harvest 2012), there are deals to be done selling you Serisier wine.

But first why Bordeaux? Well it is the largest expanse of grapevines grown under one Appellation (regional boundary) in France. About 220,000 hectares.

Then you’d think that such a big part of that wine country would find its way onto Australian wine shelves and restaurants. Well no, not really and the sales have fallen further as the only the occasional importer does indent wine.

Uncorked is selling Domaine Serisier wines in Australia because its owner Richard Serisier is Australian.

In fact until Richard departed Brisbane to begin restoring Chateau Cadillac-en-Fronsandais (2004-2008) he was a Brisbane businessman, still owns property in the River City as well as a sheep run west of Cunnamulla.

Vines; merlot, then cabernet franc and a little cabernet sauvignon were planted. The local law says these are the grapes to be used in making red wine of the region, so he could not use his common sense to plant the grape Aussies love-shiraz.

The French wine bureaucracy control much of what you do. Domaine Serisier cannot use the name Chateau Cadillac on its wine bottle even though this chateau has been called that since circa 1530.

Chateau rear view

Chateau rear view

Uncorked is selling the wine under the invented name Le Bout du Monde (wine from the end of the world or better explained, made by a man from the other side of the world!) The first vintage is 2012.

If you live in Brisbane or the surrounds, a good time to try Le Bout du Monde will be on Thursday April 16 at The Wine Emporium or Tuesday April 21 while Richard Serisier is in town.

Domaine Serisier: old family, new Bordeaux

Jean-Emile Serisier set out from the Aquitane city of Bordeaux in 1850, then a very civilised place, to the wilds of Sydney in the Great Southern Land (Australia). One does not really know what was in his head at the time.

Fast forward 138 years later and great, great grandson Richard Serisier had completed the return to Bordeaux. Not exactly to the family firm of Serisier et Lafitte who were shipping agents directing all the Claret exports to the thirsty British drinkers from the Quai des Chartrons, but to a property in the Canton of Fronsac.

Richard did not set out to buy gold plated vineyards in Pauillac or Pomerol (millions of euros per hectare). He sought a derelict chateau with a lovely view, not over hundreds of rows of glistening-green vines but one across plane tree plantations down to the statuesque Dordogne River. The rebuilding period took four years (2004-2008) where Richard moved his family from Brisbane in Queensland to Chateau Cadillac-en-Fronsandais built © 1530 after the end of the Hundred Years War and the British departed.

Following the building restoration, it became a logical step for an investigation into the history of the property; and through the 1800s while Jean-Emile Serisier was planting vines around Dubbo in central western New South Wales, Chateau Cadillac-en-Fronsandais was a horse breeding facility, though vines have been grown around the property for the past four hundred years.

Since 2008 Richard has replanted the industry-expected merlot and cabernet sauvignon grafted vines on 9 hectares on the rich loamy terraces behind the Chateau, adding also some cabernet sauvignon and malbec to complete the historical Bordeaux mix.

First harvest was 2012 and this author is now the Queensland and New South Wales ambassador for two Domaine Serisier wines, a rose and a merlot red.


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