2011 Vieux Chateau Certan Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • NM 98
  • WE 97
  • WS 96
  • JS 96
  • IWC 95
  • WA 91

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NM 98
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2012
The Vieux Chateau Certan was cropped between 6th and 7th of September and from 14th until 20th September. That's what you'll read everywhere although I was filming Alexandre when he was picking the final Cabernet around... The Vieux Chateau Certan was cropped between 6th and 7th of September and from 14th until 20th September. That's what you'll read everywhere although I was filming Alexandre when he was picking the final Cabernet around the 29th September! Cropped at 37hl/ha it is a blend of 70% Merlot 1% Cabernet Sauvignon and (yay!) 29% Cabernet Franc. It delivers 13.6 degrees alcohol with a total acidity of 3.5gms/L and an IPT of 83. After the Cabernet Francless 2009 and 2010 this is more what I consider to be a classic VCC nose and as Alexandre unlike those previous vintages that gives you everything up front this is far more intellectual and enigmatic with hints of mineral laden fruit limestone and small dark cherries. It is beautifully defined yet distant. The palate is succinctly balanced with crisp acidity exceptional balance and superb backbone. There is an undercurrent of masculinity a saline tincture crushed stone and a touch of dried herbs and yet these are just fleeting hints. It has enormous length and it is one of the very few that could be on the same ethereal plateau as the 2009 and 2010 and perhaps one day...even better. Tasted April 2012.
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, May 2012
A beautifully-perfumed wine with ripe soft tannins and sweet fruit. It has density yet the tannins are so velvety and ripe.
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2012
This has a dark ganache and loamy profile that belies the vintage's lighter fresher profile and the wine cuts a broad swath but stays well-defined with dense tobacco and fig on the finish. An impressive effort and an... This has a dark ganache and loamy profile that belies the vintage's lighter fresher profile and the wine cuts a broad swath but stays well-defined with dense tobacco and fig on the finish. An impressive effort and an early challenger for one of the wines of the vintage. Tasted non-blind.-J.M.
JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2014
The aromas of this are so gorgeous, with blackberries, black cherries and wet earth. Full body with super-fine tannins and bright acidity. A firm, tightly structured young red with orange peel and other citrus fruit. This... The aromas of this are so gorgeous, with blackberries, black cherries and wet earth. Full body with super-fine tannins and bright acidity. A firm, tightly structured young red with orange peel and other citrus fruit. This is so focused and straight. Try in 2018.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2012
Purple-ruby. Perfumed cabernet franc-dominated aromas of strawberry violet and bitter cocoa. Very refined on the palate with vibrant acidity framing and lifting the very pure red fruit and mineral flavors. This... Purple-ruby. Perfumed cabernet franc-dominated aromas of strawberry violet and bitter cocoa. Very refined on the palate with vibrant acidity framing and lifting the very pure red fruit and mineral flavors. This beautiful Pomerol will develop slowly and gracefully. Alexandre Thienpont believes that the cabernet franc which seemed to suffer from the heat of 200 and 2010 has given a cashmere feel to what he thinks is a classic wine that will age well. I couldn't agree more as this is probably my wine of the vintage.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2014
The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2011 Vieux Chateau Certan offers a beautiful bouquet of plums, black cherries, cassis and hints of graphite as well as spice, an excellent texture and medium body. A success in this difficult... The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2011 Vieux Chateau Certan offers a beautiful bouquet of plums, black cherries, cassis and hints of graphite as well as spice, an excellent texture and medium body. A success in this difficult vintage, it should age easily for 10-15 years. Yet after the trilogy of great wines in 2008, 2009 and 2010, few consumers are likely to pay much attention to this 2011. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
JJB 99
Devon Magee - JJ Buckley, April 2012
70% merlot 29% cabernet franc 1% cabernet sauvignon. A 14-hectare contiguous parcel on the sloping Pomerol plateau next to La Conseillante and L'Evangile. Soils are Pomerol's classic pebbles over clay and iron-rich... 70% merlot 29% cabernet franc 1% cabernet sauvignon. A 14-hectare contiguous parcel on the sloping Pomerol plateau next to La Conseillante and L'Evangile. Soils are Pomerol's classic pebbles over clay and iron-rich subsoil. Alexandre Thienpont (from one of the most influential winemaking families on the Right Bank) is in charge. Gorgeous perfume of raspberry and flowers on the nose are mirrored on the palate. This is all about nuance and elegance with a silky structure and light body that dances across the tongue. The multitude of layers is so compact and finely enmeshed as to be seamless. This has an underlying tautness that will unwind over the next 5-10 years. A wine that provokes contemplation. Enjoy 2020-2040.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2011

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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.

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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.