Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 2010

  Vieux Château Certan

Alexandre Thienpont was one of the few who could describe 2010 in 'un mot'. He simply said, 'pleasure'. Pleasure is what one expects from VCC. This is a Pomerol with an exemplary track record at producing exquisitely textured, perfumed, sensual wines. The 2010 is another such example. Classically stylish and aromatic with hints of fine herbs, minerals, delicately spiced cold soaked cloves and black cherries. Bizarrely, Alexandre didn't use much of his old vine Cabernet Franc in the blend, he is convinced that 2010 is a great Merlot vintage. Wonderfully intense, vibrant palate packed with tiny berries, wild strawberries and a hint of truffle. There is excellent density and lots of complexity; rather intellectual, with haunting length, gorgeous purity and fine stone tannins. Opulent and very fresh at the same time. 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Franc.

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.