|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The frost was not an issue here. Lovely pronounced fruit on the nose. Some cooked meat too. Fruits of the forest on the palate - silky smooth at first, then mouth coating tannins. The structure is there - plenty of tension too, Mineral stone character adds to the complexity of the finish. Rating: 95 L&S (Apr 2018)
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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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