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Vieux Chateau Certan Alexandre Thienpont Pomerol

Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with a history of the property, plus information on their wine making techniques and their terroir, along with wine tasting reviews and links.

Vieux Château Certan is one of the oldest Bordeaux wine properties in Pomerol. The estate’s history dates all the way back almost 1770! At that time, it was owned by the popular Demay family. The Demay’s were well known for their work in the Bordeaux wine trade. They were successful negociants and wine merchants. The wines were orginally sold under the name of Sertan.

In 1924, the right bank estate was sold to the Belgian Bordeaux wine merchant, Georges Thienpont. property. Many successful wine merchants and negociants have owned various chateaux at one time or another. But this was a special case. as the relationship to Georges Thienpont was important.

Thienpont wanted to know which of his client’s were buying his wine. But he needed to be discreet about it. That gave him the idea of placing the now famous pink capsule on the bottle. The capsule stood out making it easy for Thienpont to see if his clients were purchasing his wine without having to ask them.

The estate is currently managed by Alexandre Thienpont.

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Vieux Chateau Certan sits on the top of the Pomerol plateau. It’s located directly across the street from Certan de May and not far from Petrus, Lafleur or Le Pin. Le Pin is owned by a different member of the Thienpont family. Alexandre runs Vieux Chateau Certan and manages the vineyards for Jacques Theinpont.

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Vieux Chateau Certan is an elegant Pomerol. It’s full bodied, rich and offers ripe blackberry, plum, floral, chocolate and spice aromas. The texture can be pure silk and velvet. The wine is effortless to drink, yet it’s complex and ages well. The style varies depending on the vintage. Some years are better for Cabernet Franc which provides a more structured style of wine. Other vintages allow the Merlot to develop more ripeness and opulence along with a lush quality.

For an idea on which vintages were better for Merlot, Cabernet Franc or both;

2009 is a Merlot year, 2008 Cabernet Franc, 2007 Merlot, 2006 Cabernet Franc, 2005 Merlot, 2004 Cabernet Franc, 2003 Cabernet Franc (The vintage is considered an off vintage by Thienpont), 2002 Merlot, 2001 Merlot, 2000 Merlot and Cabernet Franc, 99 Merlot, 98 Merlot, (No Cabernet Franc made the blend, 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon), 97 Merlot, 96 Cabernet Franc and 95 favored Merlot.

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Previously, I thought the best vintages, which only happen on rare occasions produce equally strong Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I changed my mind after tasting the amazing 2009, which is a year that favored Merlot. In that year, the blend is 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2009, the chateau produced on the best Pomerol’s as well as one of the top wines from the vintage.

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The 13.5 hectares are planted on clay and gravel soil. The vineyards are planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that average 35 years of age. Average production is 50,000 to 60,000 bottles.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Alexandre Thienpont described 2011 as a year for lean cats. That is not the case with the 2012. Harvested from October 11 through October 12, with yields of just 33 hectoliters per hectare, the wine reached 13% alcohol. Blending 87% Merlot with 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine pops with truffle, coconut, flowers, wild strawberry and cherry. Silky in texture, medium-bodied and fresh, 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan is a wine of finesse and refinement. According to Alexandre Thienpont, some vintages of Vieux Chateau Certan favor Cabernet Franc, while other years are better for Merlot. 2012 is a Merlot vintage. The wine is refined, fresh, pure and elegant in style. It’s a vintage that focuses on the aromatics and purity of the fruit. It does not display the power of 2009 or 2010, instead it focuses on the refined, perfumed qualities of Vieux Chateau Certan. 93-94 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Blending 70% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc and a drop of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached 13.6% alcohol. At 37 hectoliters per hectare, the Grand Vin represents 70% of the harvest. With rich aromas of licorice, black plum jam, espresso, truffle, spice and incense, the wine is intense, fresh, chocolaty, sensuous, powerful, long, silky and packed with sweet, ripe, pure and concentrated layers of plum, black cherry and spice. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Vieux Château Certan

    1. An expressive nose violets, truffle, boysenberry, chocolate and liqueur notes. Powerful, dense and perfectly balanced, the wine is intense, silky, velvety, pure, fresh, ripe and intense. The finish is long, seamless and coats your palate with flavor, texture and rich sensations that linger. The wine changes with each sip, giving you something new to think about with each sip, sniff and taste. This note was written about the wine based on tasting it with only a pop and pour. With time and air, this is going to a legendary vintage for Alexandre Thienpont and Vieux Chateau Certan that future generations of collectors will covet. If you have the funds, this is the wine to buy.

      100 points - Tasted
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    2. This dark, almost opaque colored wine is packed and stacked with multiple layers of black plum, truffle, earth, floral, black cherry, black raspberry, boysenberry and chocolate with an intensity of flavor that continues expanding and developing in the mouth. This is extremely powerful, opulent and concentrated with layers of perfectly ripe, velvet textured fruits. Yet everything is in perfect balance and harmony from start to finish. 2010 Vieux Chateau Certan is expensive. Most of the top Pomerol wines are. But when you consider this wine is at the same level as, or better than Petrus, Le Pin and Lafleur, it's worth buying. You can take this to the bank, this is a future legendary Pomerol.

      100 points - Tasted
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    3. The color of purple ink, truffles, black plums, chocolate fudge, fresh picked flowers, licorice and black raspberries filled your nose. Full bodied, mouth filling, expansive, deep and long. Finesse, power, silk, velvet and pure fruit. It’s important to look at the makeup of this wine which is 86%Merlot and equal parts 8% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is even more dominated by Merlot than the 2009, which came in at 84% Merlot. While the wine reached 14.5% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat in this stunning Bordeaux wine. 98-100 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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    4. Vieux Chateau Certan The chateau produces wine in vintages that favor Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, or Merlot. 2010 as well as 2009 are vintages where the Merlot clearly excelled and became the preponderance of the blend. The assemblage in this vintage is 86%Merlot, 8% Cab Franc 6% Cab Sauvignon. This is even more dominated by Merlot than the 2009, which came in at 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. Shaped by low yields and high alcohol, the wine clocked in at 14.5% alcohol. The IPT levels are equally high at 90. As a point of reference, this level of IPT recorded in 2010 is the same as the chateau recorded in their press wine a decade ago. . 2010 Vieux Chateau Certan resembles dark, purple ink. Exotic liqueur aromas, plums, truffle, flowers, chocolate and spice aromas are found with little effort. The mouth filling wine paints your palate with sexy, ripe, liquid silk sensations. Spice, rich black licorice, pure plum and blackberry flavors coat your taste receptors. The long, seamless, intense, pure finish was too good to spit. When Alexandre was not looking, I put the wine where it belonged, twice! Sadly, this will not be cheap. However, if you’re seeking a historic Pomerol legend in the making, this is the wine to buy. 99-100 Pts

      99 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Flowers, truffle, fresh picked raspberry, chocolate, forest and spicy aromas pop the moment the wine hits the glass. Talk about sexy, supple and sensuous, this is the real deal! Pure silk, velvet and cashmere coat your palate with the essence of fresh plums. In time, this could hit triple digits. The only reason this wine does not score 100 Pts today is that the 2010 is even better!

      99 points - Tasted
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    2. Last year, Alexandre Thienpont called 2009 the finest vintage of the modern era for Vieux Chateau Certan. Had 2010 not been produced, I agreed with him. Still, 2009 remains a stunning and decadent Pomerol wine. With licorice, flowers, chocolate, plums, spice and earthy aromas, this sensuous display of tastes and textures is almost off the charts. Silk and velvet, satin and lace, and then some! This complex wine finishes with an orgy coated with ripe, deep, black fruit and molten chocolate.

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. 2009 Vieux Chateau Certan, a blend of 84% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon, and 8% cabernet franc, is deep, dark ruby. Its nose displays berries, flowers, chocolate, licorice, and plum liqueur. This concentrated, velvety textured wine is packed with elegant, powerful, sweet round fruit, and it has a long, pure, decadently textured finish of chocolate covered plums and black cherries. This is one of the top Pomerol wines from 2009 as well as one of the strongest wines of the vintage. 97-99 Pts During the tasting, Alexandre Thienpont stated without hesitation, “2009 is the best Vieux Chateau Certan of the modern era. The wine is similar in style to the famous 1950 and is the most concentrated vintage for the chateau since 1950.” He concluded by saying that the 2009 is a perfect vintage for him. Some vintages at the property favor cabernet franc, while others are better for merlot. That 2009 is a merlot year might not please all the traditionalists who prefer the large percentage of cabernet franc usually found in the wine. But I loved the 2009 and purchased a case after tasting it. Regardless of a note or score, the highest compliment any taster can pay to a chateau after tasting a wine is to buy it for his own cellar.

      98 points - Tasted
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  5. 2008 Vieux Château Certan

    1. In 2008, Château Vieux Chateau Certan used more Cabernet Franc than usual according to owner, Alexandre Thienpont. Thienpont prefers Cab Franc vintages for their longer hang time and resulting aromatic complexity. I've found that vintages allowing for equal quaily merlot and caberrnet franc are the years when Vieux Chateau Certan is the most seductive. Fresh cherries, black fruit, and plums are easy to find in the nose. The wine is rich on the palate and finishes with long sensations of plummy fruit. 92-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  6. 2007 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Medium bodied with a sweet and tart, black and red cherry profile, complicated by herbs, olive tapenade and earthy notes, this is not going to age well. While it's a nice wine for drinking now, I'd drink it sooner than later.

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Vieux Château Certan

    1. This is a sturdy style of Vieux Chateau Certan that is more interesting with its complex aromatics of truffle, chocolate, flowers, plums and spice, than it is in texture. Slightly masculine in style, the wine will improve with more time in the cellar. I continue to have a preference for 2004, 2005 and 2008, over the 2006.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. This is a bigger, beefier style of VCC. Not as much finesse as the 05, but more tannin and concentration. I prefer the lush style of the 05

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Vieux Château Certan

    1. This keeps getting better and better. From start to finish, there is nothing out of place in this sensuous Pomerol. The truffle, black cherry, cocoa and floral nose, the layers of silky, sweet fruits and the opulent, polished, pure finish are a thing of beauty. I really like this wine and it's only starting to reveal its character.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. Still young, the wine needed a few hours of air before its beautiful array of fresh plum, chocolate, licorice, floral, dark cherry, earth and vanilla scents bloomed. Full bodied, polished, supple, round and rich, the tannins are pure silk and velvet. Give this another 5-8 years and you’ll be rewarded with a superb Pomerol.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. Truffle, earth, blackberry liqueur, forest floor and fresh picked flowers pop from the glass as soon it's poured. This rich, lush, polished, round wine is filled with black cherry, plum, spice and cocoa flavors. Elegance paired with chocolate sensuality is an apt descriptor for this beautiful Pomerol wine.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. Ripe, round, rich, stylish and even sexy, this deep Pomerol is filled with spice, floral, chocolate and dark berry notes with hints of black raspberry. Full bodied, with velvety tannins, this is what Bordeaux offers in the best vintages.

      95 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Vieux Château Certan

    1. If you're looking for the best deal for Vieux Chateau Certan in today's world, look no further! This plum, chocoalte, truffle, black raspberry, herb and flowery wine is round, soft and refined, with a lush, sweet, cocoa and black cherry filled finish. There is a slight rough or dryness in the end note, but with everything else that is going on, that's quite easy to overlook. Still young, at close to 10 years of age, this is already starting to show its charms. This sells for about 30% of the 2009 and 2010, and half the price of the 2005. Plus it's a very nice wine. What more can you ask for?

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. This vintage produced a classic style of VCC. More structured than flashy, this round, plummy, concentrated and complex wine is the one to buy. It's not far off the quality of the 2005 and it sells for half the price.

      93 points - Tasted
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  10. 2002 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Some lightening in color, coconut, plums and spicy earth makeup the aromatics. Masculine in style for the Chateau, the wine ends with a ripes plums and a hint of austerity.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2001 Vieux Château Certan

    1. With only a splash decanting, cocoa dusted truffles, black cherry, earth and floral aromas made their presence known. On the palate, the wine is soft, elegant and silky, finishing with a fresh, clean, sweet, cocoa, earth and spicy boysenberry finish. This will probably improve over the next few years, but it's showing so well today, why wait?

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Truffle, black cherry jam, earth, spice, violets, roses, licorice and coffee bean open to a medium/full bodied, elegant, refined style of Pomerol with a long, fresh, sweet, black cherry and chocolate cherry finish. Decanted for 2 hours before serving was a mistake. The wine faded a bit after that extended exposure to air. 20-30 minutes is ample.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. Chocolate covered plums, licorice, mocha, flowers, truffle, black raspberry and smoke aromatics pop up with little effort. Silky, opulent textures mesh well with the fresh, dark plum and chocolate covered, black cherry, velvety finish. Every time I have this wine I am impressed. If you're seeking a solid example of Vieux Chateau Certan at a semi reasonable price, this is the wine to buy.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Suave, elegant, supple, round and frankly, delicious. This classy Pomerol is stuffed with chocolate covered plum, truffle, black cherry and spice. Rich, opulent and sexy, this Bordeaux wine is starting drink very well and it seems to get better each time I taste it.

      94 points - Tasted
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    5. Explosive aromas of chocolate, juicy black plums, flowers, earth, black cherries, licorice, truffle and spice make up the attention grabbing perfume. On the palate, layers of plush, elegant, pure, boysenberries and cocoa linger. This opulent, sexy Pomerol keeps getting better every time I taste it. For a Vieux Chateau Certan of this quality, while expensive, it's worth buying.

      94 points - Tasted
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    6. Good complexity and a plush palate presence show this wines personality. Filled with ripe, elegant, polished plums and chocolate, round tannins and good density, this will improve. But if you have more than a few bottles, why wait?

      92 points - Tasted
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    7. Beautiful plum, black raspberry, chocolate. flowers and cassis notes were easy to find. This is a structured wine for the vintage and will be better after a few more years of age. The velvet textures and ripe fruit are elegantly styled.

      92 points - Tasted
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  12. 2000 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Truffle, smoke, earth, plum, cocoa powder, silky textures and medium/body with an opulent, black cherry liqueur sensation come alive in this classic vintage for Vieux Chateau Certan. This is starting to drink well now, and will only get better.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. 2000 Vieux Chateau Certan offers licorice, black plum, chocolate, truffle and dark cherry scents. On the palate the wine is rich, full bodied and concentrated with layers of ripe, black and red fruits. Still young, the wine continued gainging complexity in the glass for several hours. This Pomerol will improve for at least another 20 or more years.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. This opens with earthy, berry, floral, chocolate and boysenberry scents. The wine is lush, balanced, pure and fresh in your mouth. The spice filled, dark berry and coco finish stays with you. This is starting to open, but patience will add a lot of complexity to this outstanding Pomerol.

      95 points - Tasted
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    4. Ripe, rich, round, big, bold, elegant and juicy, this polished, full bodied and concentrated, stylish Pomerol will get better and better over the next few decades.

      95 points - Tasted
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  13. 1999 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Light, bright and ready to drink, the wine is on the spicy, fresh, red plum and berry, medium bodied, side of the style range. Cherries, herbs and spice are found in the delicate finish. This is not a wine to cellar for ages. I'd drink it by the end of the decade, before it hits its 20th birthday.

      90 points - Tasted
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  14. 1998 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Really nice example of Pomerol here, with lots of fresh juicy plums, truffle, cocoa, flowers and dark cherry notes. Soft, but with an edge to the texture, this is drinking very well today. It will probably improve, but there is no reason to wait to pop a cork.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Chocolate, rose petals, plums, truffle, earth, 5 spice and cocoa scents create the aromatics. Round, supple and filled with lush, sweet black cherry, mocha and kirsch, this is starting to drink really well. Give it a few more years and it should be even better.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. Produced from lower yields than normal (34 hectoliters per hectare), is a big, dense, concentrated wine. Still tight and tannic there is a lot going on under the surface. Rich, plummy, and filled with fabulous black raspberry aromatics, this wine will continue getting better for many years. It should be very long lived. I’m holding mine for another for 5-10 years.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. 1998 Vieux Chateau Certan - The perfume opened as soon as the cork was popped. Chocolate, rose petals, plums, truffle, earth, minerality, 5 spice and coca powder aromas were easy to find. The light ruby color was slightly more developed than it should have been for a 12 year old wine. On the palate, the wine was elegant, balanced, firm and sophisticated. The wine displayed some tannin that still needs resolution. The finish offered sensations of sweet black cherry and kirsch. When compared with '98 Trotanoy at the same tasting, the Trotanoy could have been the Latour of Pomerol while the Vieux Chateau Certan was was the Lafite Rothschild of the pair. 95 Pts 1998 is an anomaly for the property. Vieux Chateau Certan is one the few Pomerol wines that often includes a large amount of Cabernet Franc as well as Cabernet Sauvignon in the wine. 1998 did not follow the usual pattern. In '98, no Cabernet Franc was included in the blend. The wine was produced from 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

      95 points - Tasted
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    5. Dark berries, fresh flowers, chocolate, herbs, mushroom and mocha in the nose. Full bodied and filled with lush, soft, fresh dark plums, this elegantly textured, opulent wine ends with silky blackberry and chocolate flavors. As good as it is, it's only going to get better.

      94 points - Tasted
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  15. 1995 Vieux Château Certan

    1. While there are truffle, earth, cocoa, plums, coffee and plum notes, there is a slight hard leaning to the wine that might not soften enough over time. This is probably a good example of old school Pomerol. It's a structured, masculine Pomerol with a tannic spine that seems to want more time in the cellar. Like many wines from the vintage, it's more interesting on the nose than the palate and it's still young. But is that a good thing for a wine approaching its 20th birthday?

      91 points - Tasted
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  16. 1990 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Fully mature, and drinking splendidly, with truffle, tobacco, plum, cocoa, earth and fresh cherries, this medium bodied, silky, plush Pomerol feels great, offers complex aromas and the soft textures that come from a mature wine. What more can you ask for?

      93 points - Tasted
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  17. 1986 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Masculine, structured and firm, with a lean to the secondary side of the aromatic style range, making it smell more like a Medoc than a Pomerol, with its tobacco and earthy notes. The wine was a bit Jekyll and Hyde, depending on the sip, as it alternated between beefy, tannic and drying to hints of structured, polished and even plummy with cocoa. Successful for the vintage, it might please fans of classic Bordeaux more than it did me.

      89 points - Tasted
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  18. 1982 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Still young at 30 years of age, this voluptuous Pomerol offers a complicated perfume of truffle, cocoa powder, black cherry, earth, flowers, licorice and spice. Sensuous in texture, with a soft, sweet, long, silky finish, this beautiful expression of Vieux Chateau Certan has truly blossomed with age. I remember tasting this wine years ago and it was much lighter and less interesting. I wish I owned some...

      94 points - Tasted
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  19. 1952 Vieux Château Certan

    1. Now, here's a wine I never thought I'd see again. After the explosion of truffles, earth, bitter chocolate, wet forest, cherry and hints of floral notes, the wine was pure silk on the palate. The spicy, red cherry finish was sublime.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Tasted double blind, this was a huge surprise on multiple levels. Truffles, earth, tobacco, dried pit fruit, all spice, coffee bean and forest floor scents started the aromatic fireworks. Silky textures with the velvet patina of age, coupled with an elegant, sweet, spice filled finish was a thrill a sip wine. This bottle tasted like a 20-30 year old wine.

      94 points - Tasted
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