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Bordeaux 2017: The Dazzling Vieux Chateau Certan
19 June 2018

There’s absolutely no doubt that Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont have made one of the wines of the vintage – this is a sensational VCC. We’ve always known that this terroir is capable of producing one of the most ravishing wines in Pomerol – now we come to expect it every year. If it isn’t in the same league as the absolute elite wines of this luxuriant commune, we’d be very surprised. The 2017 is another sumptuously textured, aromatically profound, vibrant yet effortless Pomerol; it’s a real seductress that won’t let you put the glass down… We were thrilled when we tasted it, as were the great and the good of the world’s wine press. The 2017 has been showered with accolades, but that shouldn’t come as any surprise… this is one magnificent Vieux Chateau Certan!

“The 2017 Vieux Château Certan was picked in three passages through the vineyard, 12 and 13 September, 18 and 19 September and finally 25 September to 2 October. The yields are 37hl/ha with 14.2° alcohol and a 3.75 pH. It is the first vintage to contain Cabernet Sauvignon for several years. It has a very pure, Merlot-driven bouquet with black cherries, redcurrant and wild strawberry scents, just a hint of iris and incense in the background. The 70% new oak is nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, a deep well of black and red fruit interwoven with allspice, truffle, white pepper and a little sage. This Vieux Château Certan manifests more complexity and profundity as it aerates, delivering genuine, spine-tingling mineralité on the persistent finish. It gains even more precision when I return to the property to re-taste it again. Tasted twice, ten days apart at the property. Drink 2023-2050. 94-96/100” - Neal Martin, vinous.com

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