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VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN

2012 Pomerol

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol
Village Pomerol

There are lots of brooding black fruits on the nose and depth and richness on the palate. Black plum fleshiness is backed by slightly fresher black cherry all underpinned by fine ripe tannins. Towards the back dark chocolate enriches and this combined with the ripe fruit gives fleshy suppleness on the finish. 2018-28 Rating: 93-95 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)

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This is a Merlot year for Alexandre and his son Guillaume: the 2012 a blend o 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and just 1% Cabernet Sauvignon (the latter due to a parcel being replanted at the moment.) The nose is very well defined and lively, real “energy” coming from the glass. There are crisp scents of blackcurrant, wild strawberry and a tangible stoniness – very expressive of its terroir. The palate is superb: real tension and purity here, crisp acidity, tensile tannins that lend this VCC edginess and race. The fruit is black rather than red with a sense of poise and superbly assimilated oak on the nervous finish. What a great Pomerol for the vintage! Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(May 2013)

Strong graphite aroma on the nose even though there is less Cabernet Franc than in some years. Silky tannins pull you along to a dry, polished finish. Cool and fresh with sweet blueberry fruit on the mid palate and a touch of earthiness adding savour. Very fine tannins. Earlier drinking wine than 2009 or 2010. 2017 - 2025. Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2013)

Alexandre Thienpont describes the Merlot in his 2012 as “simple”, saying that it needs the Cabernet Franc for complexity and palate length, but I think he’s being too hard on his own wine. This isn’t another 2010 VCC, but it’s still a delight: perfumed, grassy and supple with bramble and green pepper notes, silky tannins and well handled oak. A château enjoying a rich vein of form. Drink: 2020-35 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)

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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