Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 2008

  Vieux Château Certan

£1200.00 for 12x75cl
1 cs
£1350.00 for 12x75cl
1 cs

Harvested from the 28th Sept to 8th Oct. 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. There is an unusually high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year. The last time such a high proportion went into the blend was in the 2000 vintage. The young vines Cabernet Franc (planted in 1990) was preferred over the old vines. Alexandre explained that there wasn't enough energy from the sun to use the Vieilles Vignes. The result is spectacular. As usual, Vieux Chateaux Certan is not the most flamboyant or flashy wine in Pomerol; it is a classic, classy wine with real breed and pedigree. The nose offers gorgeous notes of black and red berries, mocha and flowers. The attack is very bright, packed with red berries. Very suave with beautiful texture and long concentrated flavours. A very stylish package with beautifully balanced well managed tannins and acidity.

Contains Sulphites.

About Vieux Château Certan

Alexandre Thienpont’s magnificent Pomerol estate is capable of producing exquisite wines; and they regularly do. The elegant structure of the Chateau, covered in ancient wisteria is a fitting building for such an estate. It is understated, but beautiful, just like the wine. The 35 hectares under vine are planted with 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Franc. The parcels of old vine Cabernet Franc add complexity and structure to the velvety textured Merlots and helps this chateau to excel in challenging vintages.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.