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“Incredible”
17 June 2019

We’ve become accustomed to astonishing wines at VCC. Our expectations keep getting higher and higher, and Alexandre and Guillaume duly surpass themselves. The 2018 is a magnificent effort with all the glorious high-toned aromatic detail we would expect from VCC as well as a huge, intense core of fruit. This is a dense, concentrated wine and yet it maintains a great sense of energy and freshness. Texturally glorious, the fruit is silken and the tannins envelope the palate like a cashmere cardigan. It is decadent and resolute in equal measure. The critics are suitably effusive too, with potential 100 point scores from The Wine Advocate and James Suckling. There’s no doubting, this is a very special Vieux Chateau Certan – we just wish there was more to go around.

“The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Yields were 40 hectoliters per hectare. The wine has a pH of 3.78, 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple—it has a very vibrant color—it drifts effortlessly out of the glass with wonderfully intense, beautifully delineated scents of red roses, black raspberries, kirsch and Darjeeling tea before the powerful, profound black fruits kick in: baked plums, wild blueberries, molten licorice and mulberries with touches of cigar box, cinnamon stick, tapenade and truffles. Full-bodied, rich, densely packed and revealing layer upon layer of red and black fruits with an incredible array of floral and spicy sparks, it has a high level of super ripe, incredibly fine, velvety soft tannins and fantastic freshness (not just from acid but from bright, crunchy fruit). It finishes very long, marvelously layered and with such jaw-dropping brightness from the fruit, the end is almost electric. Incredible. 97-100/100”. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate    Read More

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