Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol, 2018

  Vieux Château Certan

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.

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.