Introducing the 2017 Vieux Chateau Certan, a Bordeaux Blend from the esteemed Pomerol region of France. This exquisite red wine showcases the expertise and passion of the renowned Vieux Chateau Certan producer. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine is a visual delight, capturing your attention from the moment it is poured into the glass.
The nose of this wine is an enchanting bouquet of cocoa, flowers, black plums, truffle, and licorice. It is a symphony of aromas that entices the senses and sets the stage for what is to come. Upon taking a sip, you are immediately struck by the depth and concentration of flavors. The dark fruit is polished, sensuous, and velvety, leaving a lasting impression on the palate. Notes of chocolate-coated cherries add a touch of indulgence to the wine's long, lingering finish, which lasts for an astonishing 50 seconds or more.
Crafted from a blend of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Vieux Chateau Certan is a testament to the art of blending. The wine reached a alcohol content of 14.2% with a pH of 3.75, showcasing the optimal ripeness and balance achieved during the picking process, which took place over several days in September and October.
This vintage of Vieux Chateau Certan has received high praise from critics. Jeff Leve of TheWineCellarInsider.com awarded it a remarkable score of 97, describing it as deep, vibrant, and intense. Wine Enthusiast gave it a score of 96, praising its solid tannic structure and intense acidity. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it a score of 98, highlighting its concentration, fine tannins, and seamless freshness. James Suckling awarded it a score of 98, noting its mesmerizing purity and complexity. Jancis Robinson gave it a score of 95, describing it as a dark beauty with great refinement. Decanter awarded it a score of 93, commending its concentrated profile and elegant style. And finally, Wine Spectator awarded it a score of 98, calling it a step ahead of the pack in this vintage.
Overall, the 2017 Vieux Chateau Certan is a wine that demands attention and admiration. Its exceptional quality, depth of flavor, and impressive aging potential make it a must-have for any wine enthusiast or collector. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine promises an unforgettable experience. Cheers to the timeless elegance and artistry of Vieux Chateau Certan!