Le Bout du Monde is the collaboration of Richard Serisier and Stéphane Renié of Domaine Serisier. The vineyard is situated on Bordeaux’s right bank, overlooking the Dordogne river on limestone (argilo-calcaire) soils. The 2012 vintage here is made from 100% merlot, relatively unusual for the region. As is usual however with Richard’s selections, and now his own wines, I find myself nodding in agreement.
The 2012 vintage of Le Bout du Monde has open aromatics that remind of blackberry, dried rosemary and thyme and there is a gravelly/dusty character intertwined. The palate is balanced with a medium length finish, and enjoyable nuances of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum. The tannins firm in structure as the wine is exposed to air, and while this wine rewards drinking now, I think it will improve in the bottle.