Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 2017

  Vieux Château Certan

Alexandre Thienpont described 2017 as a normal growing season with no excess heat, drought and cool nights; he then quipped that they were half a degree from catastrophe at the end of April… Typically understated… A classic VCC with a beautifully polished fragrant profile. Produced from 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. As ever, the Cabernets add a wonderful florality to the bouquet. This is really brimming with noble Cabernet aromas of cassis, violets and minerals. The palate is plush and broad with a fleshiness to the fruit and crunchy black berries. We say it every year, but this is a jolly handsome Pomerol, a really coiffured, stylish example with effortless length and immaculately managed tannins. As with many of the best 2017s, there is this wonderful freshness (3.4pH) and an engaging salinity on the finish with makes the mouth water. Splendid!

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 Type: Merlot

The supple, alluring plummy characteristics of Merlot have made it hugely popular the world over. It is often blended with the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon, though on its own there are some very serious, long-lived examples in Pomerol and Saint Emilion, where it is planted on both cool clay and hotter gravely soils. It is grown more extensively throughout France and the rest of the world to produce soft, approachable, uncomplicated wines, namely in the Languedoc, Chile, California, Italy and Australia.