VIEUX CHATEAU CERTAN 2019 75CL
“The 2019 Vieux Château Certan is deep in colour. It has a fabulous, very intense nose that explodes from the glass with billowing scents of black cherries, freshly shaved black truffles, raspberry and light rose petal aromas. The palate is so sensual and seductive on the entry, its creamy texture irresistible and completely disguising the structure underneath. Interestingly this VCC really comes into its own after 12-hours of opening, revealing more quintessential Pomerol characteristics and more grip on the finish. Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont fashioned a brilliant follow-up to the glorious 2018. “”- Neal Martin 96-98 pts
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan slowly opens out to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of red roses, kirsch, black raspberries, violets and star anise over a powerful core of plum preserves, blueberry pie and boysenberries plus hints of cardamom, sandalwood and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly graceful, featuring tightly wound layers of crunchy blue and black fruits with tannins so ripe and finely grained, you really have to look for them. The acidity here is absolutely seamless, and the finish explodes into an array of mineral sparks. Be prepared to fall head over heals for this one.””- Lisa Perrotti-Brown 97-100 pts
“”The purity of fruit is so enticing here with strawberries, flowers, lavender and currants. Black earth, too. Some stone and cement. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine tannins. It shows so much cabernet sauvignon character. It’s 68% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot and the rest cabernet franc.””- James Suckling 95-96pts
Vieux Château Certan has a prime site on the Pomerol plateau with illustrious neighbours and was regarded as the finest wine of Pomerol in the 19th century. The clay and gravel soils lend to the 60% Merlot planting with Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is likely the rise of this château and its impossibly beautiful wines will continue upward as collectors who have encountered the wines scramble for the very limited quantities available. In recent vintages VCC has been among a handful of wines vying for best of the vintage. Increasingly compared to the likes of Petrus and Le Pin VCC is still a smart buy.
The property holds only 14 hectares under vine and with an average vine age of 50 years across the plots, VCC is big enough to have a reputation but small enough to ensure it always sells out on release.
Vieux Château Certan