1998 Vieux Chateau Certan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 94
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92
  • JG 92

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2009
Rich and decadent on the nose, with raspberry jam and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with an almost dusty texture. Long and seamless, with beautiful, firm tannins and a racy finish. Wonderfully delicate sweet fruit on the... Rich and decadent on the nose, with raspberry jam and Indian spices. Full-bodied, with an almost dusty texture. Long and seamless, with beautiful, firm tannins and a racy finish. Wonderfully delicate sweet fruit on the finish. Needs a few more years to open.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2011. 1,600 cases made. –JS
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2001
A fine offering the 1998 has closed down but there is no doubting its fabulous potential. The color is a dense purple. The wine reveals high tannin huge body and classy black fruits intermixed with minerals spice box... A fine offering the 1998 has closed down but there is no doubting its fabulous potential. The color is a dense purple. The wine reveals high tannin huge body and classy black fruits intermixed with minerals spice box cedar and tobacco. A long persistent tannic finish gives this majestic effort a closed but formidable personality. Patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2001
...Cassis raspberry cedar lead pencil and spicy oak on the nose. Rich sweet and deep with firm acids giving grip and verve to the plum raspberry lead pencil and bitter chocolate flavors. Wonderfully concentrated lively... ...Cassis raspberry cedar lead pencil and spicy oak on the nose. Rich sweet and deep with firm acids giving grip and verve to the plum raspberry lead pencil and bitter chocolate flavors. Wonderfully concentrated lively and very long...
JG 92
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, July 2009
As noted above, 1998 was destined to be the inaugural vintage of VCC for the new cépage of sixty percent merlot, thirty percent cabernet franc and ten percent cabernet sauvignon, but due to the season, the grand vin... As noted above, 1998 was destined to be the inaugural vintage of VCC for the new cépage of sixty percent merlot, thirty percent cabernet franc and ten percent cabernet sauvignon, but due to the season, the grand vin actually ended up being comprised of eighty-five percent merlot, ten percent cabernet sauvignon and only five percent cabernet franc. At age eleven the wine looks to be very promising indeed, but one has to wonder whether or not a VCC such as 1998 with so little cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon will eventually show the classic profile of this estate. The deep and vibrant nose jumps from the glass in a really lovely blend of cassis, dark berries, tobacco, espresso, soil and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and nascently complex, with a rock solid core of fruit, firm, well-integrated tannins, lovely focus and great length and grip on the palate-staining finish. At this point in the wine’s evolution there is still a bit of oak tannin that needs to be more fully absorbed into the depth of fruit here, but the wine is impeccably balanced and this should only be a matter of a few more years of bottle age. This is a very strong and fairly classic example of the vintage that still demands many more years in the cellar before starting to drink it. It will be very interesting to follow this wine and see how it ultimately stacks up with some of the great past vintages of VCC. (Drink between 2016-2050)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 1998

Label

With its brilliant velvety color, outstandingly rich aromas, and the depth and subtlety of its flavors, Vieux Chateau Certan is regularly ranked by the world’s press and international tasting panels among the very top wines. It has naturally good concentration and repays cellaring for several years before drinking.

Winery

Vieux Chateau Certan

Vieux Chateau Certan, sometimes referred to among Bordeaux enthusiasts as “VCC”, is one of the oldest and most prestigious estates of the Pomerol appellation. The estate is located in the heart of the Pomerol plateau, just a few rows of vines away from the bell tower of Pomerol’s famous church. The vines are planted on the famed Gunz terrace with soils made up of large, round pebbles together with different clays over an iron-rich subsoil.

The vineyard covers 14 hectares (35 acres) in a single block, and includes 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon performs exceptionally well in this terroir and reaches perfect ripeness levels.