2000 Vieux Chateau Certan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WS 97
  • WA 95
  • JS 95
  • NM 95
  • IWC 93

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Reg: $269.94

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WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2016
This shows some noticeable maturity at first, with black tea and mulling spice notes out front, but there's a lovely spine of briary tannins and finely beaded acidity that pulls this back to a fresher side as the core of... This shows some noticeable maturity at first, with black tea and mulling spice notes out front, but there's a lovely spine of briary tannins and finely beaded acidity that pulls this back to a fresher side as the core of raspberry pâte de fruit slowly wakes up, throwing off additional cherry, currant and plum nuances. By the time this all knits through the finish, you realize it's just a bit too soon to open this beauty.—2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2020 through 2035. 4,167 cases made. –JM
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2010
A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to... A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure with low acidity as well as formidable tannins in the long finish, the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009. - Robert Parker
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, May 2012
I am really loving the nose here, sweet ripe fruit, raspberries and strawberries, and flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and great freshness on the long finish. This is starting to open up now, this is pure and... I am really loving the nose here, sweet ripe fruit, raspberries and strawberries, and flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and great freshness on the long finish. This is starting to open up now, this is pure and precise with just a hint of fresh herb showing the Cabernet Franc character. This still needs five years. Pull the cork after 2015.
NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Tasted at the Bipin Desai’s VCC vertical in Los Angeles. A deep garnet/ruby core. The nose is closed upon first acquaintance, remaining stoic throughout. You can tell there is great fruit concentration here, but it is... Tasted at the Bipin Desai’s VCC vertical in Los Angeles. A deep garnet/ruby core. The nose is closed upon first acquaintance, remaining stoic throughout. You can tell there is great fruit concentration here, but it is real sulky adolescent. The palate is full-bodied with firm, solid tannins, very fine balance, almost unyielding with the Cabernet Franc driving it along. But backwards and surly. Do not approach now and cellar for 10-15 years at least before approaching because the potential is immense. Drink 2020-2040. 95+
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2003
(70% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon) Moderately saturated ruby-red. More merlot-dominated aromas of raspberry plum espresso mocha and game. Silky lush and thick with compelling flavors of boysenberry... (70% merlot 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon) Moderately saturated ruby-red. More merlot-dominated aromas of raspberry plum espresso mocha and game. Silky lush and thick with compelling flavors of boysenberry bitter cherry and dark chocolate. Complex smoky lively wine finishing with strong torrefaction notes and lovely subtle persistence. The merlot component here goes through its malolactic fermentation in barriques.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2000

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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.