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Vieux Chateau Certan is the oldest growth in the parish of Pomerol. Its origins date back to the beginning of the 16th century when the Demay family, originally from Scotland, came to live on the property. The local vicinity takes its name from this old chateau. Vieux Chateau Certan is an elegant Pomerol. It’s full bodied, rich and offers ripe blackberry, plum, floral, chocolate and spice aromas. The texture can be pure silk and velvet. The wine is effortless to drink, yet it’s complex and ages well. The style of Vieux Chateau Certan varies depending on the vintage. Some years are better for Cabernet Franc which provides a more structured style of wine. Other vintages allow the Merlot to develop more ripeness and opulence along with a lush quality.
The 2009 Vieux Chateau Certan is a stunning wine: balanced, concentrated and warm without being powerful. The Merlot is dense, rich, smooth and full and shows breed. It rolls around the tongue. The small amount of Cabernet Franc chosen to go into the first wine is all finesse and delicacy. It is ripe, complex, packed with flavor and very long on the palate. The Cabernet Sauvignon is lively, delicious and savory. Even though the proportion in the blend is small, it brings a touch of freshness that is essential to the final blend.
James Suckling 100 Points Robert Parker 99 Points Wine Spectator 97 Points