Vieux Château Certan is one of the most prestigious vintages of the Pomerol appellation, rich in a great know-how allowing a work of goldsmith. Since 1924, it belongs to the Thienpont family, very present in the great vineyards of the Rive droite of Bordeaux. Alexandre Thienpont and his son Guillaume are currently in charge of it, devoting all their passion and love in order to produce ever more pure and richly elegant wines, a mission that seems almost impossible as the quality of the wines has already reached its peak for a long time.
Vieux Château Certan is based on a vineyard of 14 hectares of vines in a single block, planted on the plateau of Pomerol made up of clay, gravel and sand, with a high content of iron dross in the subsoil. The grape varieties are 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are aged for 18 months in 100% new oak barrels.
Vieux Château Certan produces wines of infinite richness and seductiveness, renowned for their suppleness, freshness, and persistence.
This is a beautiful wine, much more developed and evolved than the 2010, as one might expect, with perfumed notes of camphor, cedar, charcoal, herbs, and black and red fruits. A blend of 70% of Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has very complex aromatics, medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, a spicy, perfumed character, and light to moderate tannin. It can benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.
[93 points – Robert M Parker Jr – May 2011 – robertparker.com ]