2017 Vieux Chateau Certan Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 98 JD 98 WA 98 WS 98 JL 97 WE 96 JR 95 DC 93
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, January 2020

The purity and complexity is so mesmerizing for 2017. Raspberries and black fruit with sweet-tobacco and blood-orange undertones. Medium to full body. The tannins are so polished and pure and push out the edges on the...
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, February 2020

Possibly the wine of the vintage, the 2017 Vieux Chateau Certan is a blend of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from the highest point on the Pomerol plateau. Deep purple, with a heavenly bouquet of...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2018

(WA 96-98 points) Composed of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Vieux Château Certan gives up gorgeous black raspberries, crushed black currants and warm black...
WS 98

Wine Spectator, March 2020

This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, May 2018

Deep in color, the wine pops with the perfume of cocoa, flowers, black plums, truffle and licorice. From there you'll find depth and concentration of flavor. The fruit is dark, polished, sensuous, velvety and long. There...
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast, March 2020

With a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend, this wine is solidly tannic, with intense acidity to balance the ripe berry flavors and structure. The wine is destined for long aging with its structure and...
JR 95

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, April 2018

(18.5/20) Deepest crimson with black core. Not much aroma at first because the sample is cool. Rich, firm, dark and more savoury than usual, darker-fruited. Great freshness. Has impressive depth without weight. Very fine...
DC 93

Decanter, April 2018

Extremely bright, dark fruit aromas are joined by hints of gooseberry and redcurrant in the mouth, but a deeper, richer cassis comes through on the mid-palate. The high level of acidity emphasises a floral note, yet this...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

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!