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Vieux Château Certan





Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet Franc

Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 2018

Tasting Note:

Alexandre Thienpont described 2018 as 'an amazing vintage!'. This is coming from one of the most reserved men in Bordeaux. Either he's finally become Bordelais or he is genuinely cock-a-hoop about his 2018. We tasted on a rather gloomy Tuesday morning. We loved what we tasted, but was this a great VCC? Trusted sources who tasted later in the week were far more effusive than us. Some saying it was the wine of the Right Bank. We better get on the next flight... Guillaume explained that normally they rely on their wonderful old vine Cabernet Franc to provide strictness and a foil to the opulence of the Merlot, however, in 2018 the roles are reversed. Typically handsome and correct; the nose is all violets and beautiful ripe fruits. The palate is lustrous, packed with noble flavours of crème de cassis and Victoria plum. It is quite creamy, with pure fruit and hints of spice and warmth. This is another beautifully poised VCC with effortless charm and detailed tannins that caress the palate. It is without question very fine, but time will tell if it ranks up amongst the greats (as some are suggesting). 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14.4% vol.

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