Alexandre Thienpont describes 2012 as a 'typical Bordeaux year climatically... Following a particularly cold and dry winter... A cool and wet spring brought about an early reduction in the potential crop size. A hot and dry summer was a welcome arrival. Thanks to low yields and meticulous selection on the vines of the best quality bunches, the ripening process was completed very homogeneously'. Produced from 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon from yields of 33 hl/ha, the 2012 VCC is charm personified. Initially perfumed, with fragrant floral notes, morello cherries, raspberries and fine herbs. The Merlot plots next to Petrus have produced wonderfully silky, svelte fruit with a cashmere, velvety texture and plushness. The Cabernets add complexity and a touch of freshness and bring total harmony to the blend. This is a really refined, marvellous Vieux Chateau Certan from a 'great Merlot vintage'. Paradoxically classical yet decadent.
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.
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