|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alexandre told us that the young Cabernet Franc vines really suffered from the drought - when the rain came it was too late for them to start ripening the grapes again. The result is a VCC with 85% Merlot. Total silk, but rich, weighty, glossy and sappy. Amazing that so much Merlot can make a wine that is so controlled and restrained and cool and elegant. Freshness and bright acidity combine with full ripeness on the long finish. There's a floral grace and rose petal freshness as well as astonishing density. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050 Rating: 95-96 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Vieux Château Certan has a perfumed, floral bouquet of red fruit infused with violet and incense; hints of iodine and seaweed emerge with time. This is certainly very complex, bordering on profound. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and layers of red fruit laced with cedar and desiccated orange peel, leading to a persistent and utterly spellbinding finish. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2024 - 2060 Rating: 99 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Aug 2020)
Just as good, yet in a different style, the 2016 Vieux Château Certan shows cooler notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, underbrush, graphite, violets, and crushed rocks. Deep, incredibly full-bodied and powerful, yet like the 2015, weightless and sensationally textured, it glides over the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness. Expansive, deep, beautifully concentrated, and flawlessly constructed, it builds incrementally on the palate and has a finish that lasts for over a minute. It’s another legendary wine from this estate to enjoy over the coming 30-40 years. Rating: 100 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Feb 2019)
The 2016 Vieux Chateau Certan is a blend of 85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon that was picked at 40.50 hectoliters per hectare, in three stages of picking: 3-7, 10-11 and 17-18 October. It has a high IPT of 82 and a pH of 3.77. It has a very refined bouquet with blackberry, briary and morello cherries that are tightly wound at first, but open gradually with aeration. The Merlot is fully in control aromatically; this is not a VCC governed by the Cabernet Franc this year, consistent with the 2016 vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin. There is plenty of dark berry fruit laced with hints of earl grey and bay leaf, a complex and cerebral Pomerol with a long, precise and (to put it banally) delicious finish. This is another outstanding wine from Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont. Drinking range: 2022 - 2060 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)
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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