2008 Pomerol

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
District Right Bank
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Pomerol
ABV 13%

Alexandre Thienpont explained that the malos had been very late this year, so the assemblege was only made ten days before we tasted. 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. "The first time since 2000 that all the Cabernet Sauvignon has gone into the blend. A good wine from a cold year - the vintage was saved by the fact that the crop was small." Fresh, pure, oaky, quite light, delicate fresh cassis. Blackcurrant jelly, drily fruity and transparent. Very pure and fresh, but not massive or even particularly concentrated. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2009)

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The 2008 Vieux Château Certan has a timid bouquet at first and demands a lot of coaxing from the glass. I wonder if this is in the middle of a closed down phase? This VCC seems to leave all the action on the palate: filigree tannin, a silver bead of acidity, very pure and complex towards the finish with truffle and smoke infusing the red berry fruit. Wonderful persistence (as usual for VCC). Keep it for a few more years is what Alexandre Thienpont suggests and who am I to disagree. Drinking range: 2023 - 2040 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, 2018)

Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2009)

Just blended ten days ago, so it is no surprise to find the nose lacking the usual harmony at this stage. But a few swirls and it starts to come together – bright cherry fruits, a touch of clayey earth with nice definition. The palate is medium-bodied, more fruit-driven than usual with red cherry, wild strawberry, a touch of mulberry. Good acidity, lovely rounded finish. Nice tension but lacking a bit of persistency and weight on the finish. Rating: 90 - 92 ? Neal Martin, 2009)

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Bright crimson. Fresh, meaty, savoury nose. Much less obviously sweet than Le Pin from the same family – though there is a certain freshness and bloodiness. Reminds me a little of Haut-Brion in its fresh frank expression. Very firm. Very precise – no flatterer. Quite cool. Good attack. 2015-27 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2009)

Fresh, complex and enticing with spicy notes on the nose. Palate shows good, aromatic fruit, a hint of oak, length and line. Classic VCC with plenty of Cabernet in the blend. Drink 2016-2030. Rating: 17.5**** 2009)

The texture is classic, with plum, fresh mushroom and berry aromas and flavors. Full and round, with lovely length. There is plenty of acidity, but it's balanced and pretty. Very long and fresh. 70 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Franc, 10 percent Cab Rating: 89-92 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2009)

Vieux Château Certan

Founded in the 16th century, the Vieux Chateau Certan has kept its name since 1745. In 1924 it was acquired by Georges Thienpont. Situated in the heart of Pomerol, this Château is the oldest cru of the appellation. Since its early days it has gained a reputation of being one of the rarest and most prestigious crus in the world. It is hailed for the exquisite finesse of its wines, the elegance of the chartreuse chateau surrounded by age-old trees, the order and quality of the vineyard – Vieux Château Certan inspires and fascinates wine connoisseurs around the world.

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