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Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2018

Vieux Chateau Certan, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2018

REVIEWS:
5

5 out of 5

PRODUCER:
Vieux Chateau Certan

SIZE:
750ML

TYPE:
RED WINE

CRITIC SCORE:
97.5/100

Vieux Chateau Certan

750ML

£231.10£280.00

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Product Information

COUNTRY:

France

GRAPE:

Cabernet Franc, Merlot

REGION:

Bordeaux, Pomerol

DRINKING
WINDOW:

2026 - 2060

VINTAGE:

2018

ABV:

14.5%

SKU: 100184 Category: Tags: , , , ,

Description

Vieux Château Certan, under Alexandre Thienpont (the third generation proprietor of this 14 hectare estate), has established itself as one of the most famous names in Pomerol, and neighbours include Pétrus.

Alexandre is a traditionalist at heart, and still carries out fermentation in large wooden vats. He employs restricted use of new oak, although he is open to modern techniques such as crop-thinning when he feels they are beneficial to the quality of his wines. Vieux Château Certan is crafted in an elegant, feminine Bordeaux style that seduces rather than dominates the palate.

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CRITIC REVIEWS

CRITIC SCORE:
97.5/100

The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
99+/100 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate

The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is deeply impressive. It possesses one of the most intense aromatics that I can remember on a nascent VCC, bursting from the glass with intense black cherries, cassis and violets that are even more pronounced than when I first tasted this from barrel. The palate is exuberant, racing out of the blocks with precocious, intense black fruit wrapped up with a silky texture that makes it deceptively easy to drink. You would not pick this out as the subtlest VCC; instead, it is a long-term proposition, a comparatively opulent wine that may ultimately be feted as one of the appellation’s finest wines. Chapeau, Alexandre et Guillaume Thienpont!
96/100 - Neal Martin, Vinous (Tasted March 2021)