2010 Vieux Chateau Certan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • JS 100
  • WS 99
  • JL 99
  • WA 98
  • NM 98

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JS 100
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 2011
This is off the charts. I am blown away. This is so concentrated yet perfect. With chocolate blackberry coffee. Full and amazing in density and balanced. The grapes were tiny and the production was tiny. I am speechless... This is off the charts. I am blown away. This is so concentrated yet perfect. With chocolate blackberry coffee. Full and amazing in density and balanced. The grapes were tiny and the production was tiny. I am speechless. This may match the legendary 1947 or 1945.
WS 99
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2011
Super broad and muscular with lots of dark fig currant and chocolate notes. A smoky tobacco edge on the back end is starting to emerge and this begins to gush linzer torte and cassis with air. A very big wine. One of the... Super broad and muscular with lots of dark fig currant and chocolate notes. A smoky tobacco edge on the back end is starting to emerge and this begins to gush linzer torte and cassis with air. A very big wine. One of the stars of the appellation in 2010. 86 percent Merlot 8 percent Cabernet Franc and 6 percent Cabernet Sauvignon almost the same as 2009.
JL 99
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
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... 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.
WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
2010: Alexandre Thienpont thinks 2010 is even more powerful and tannic than 2009. This is certainly a big wine dominated by its Merlot component (86% with the rest mostly Cabernet Franc). The natural alcohol level is... 2010: Alexandre Thienpont thinks 2010 is even more powerful and tannic than 2009. This is certainly a big wine dominated by its Merlot component (86% with the rest mostly Cabernet Franc). The natural alcohol level is 14.5% slightly above 2009 but the pH is a healthy 3.7 and the wine like so many 2010s is a paradox. The alcohols are often the highest ever yet the acidities are fresh and lively and the wine crisp and refined. This is a deep purple-colored wine with loads of opulence and fat a voluptuous texture and tremendous purity. The style is a modern-day version of what they probably achieved in 1947 1949 and 1950. Thienpont attributes the wine's freshness to the lack of any real heat wave the drought and the very cool nights in September. This wine should drink well for 20-40 years.
NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2011
A blend of 86% Merlot 6% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped between 27th September and 5th October the Vieux Chateau Certan delivers 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. It is presently being raised in 75% new... A blend of 86% Merlot 6% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped between 27th September and 5th October the Vieux Chateau Certan delivers 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. It is presently being raised in 75% new oak. The nose is very refined with touches of blackberry raspberry black truffle and dark cherries with wonderful delineation considering the alcohol level. The palate is very well balanced with beautiful poise perhaps more focused than the 2009 at this stage. Wonderful mineralité there is superb precision and energy is this nascent VCC. Just superb.
JJB 98
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, April 2011
86% merlot 8% cabernet franc 6% cabernet sauvignon. Forward yet restrained aromas of blackberry and stone leap out of the glass. On the palate there is a core of blackberry jam with dark chocolate that melds into an... 86% merlot 8% cabernet franc 6% cabernet sauvignon. Forward yet restrained aromas of blackberry and stone leap out of the glass. On the palate there is a core of blackberry jam with dark chocolate that melds into an almost creamy viscous texture. But this beautifully poised wine maintains finesse and does not become overripe. The great length is beautifully proportioned and ends with tannins which have presence without being overbearing in texture. An artisanal Pomerol and a great expression of the vintage. Best in 20 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2010

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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.