Vieux Château Certan 2000
"A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power...the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009." Robert Parker
|Grape Blend||Merlot 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%|
Vieux Chateau Certan produced a brilliant wine from the great 2000 Bordeaux vintage, drinking beautifully now, with the promise of many more years' development in bottle. It was purchased in its original wooden cases.
Under Alexandre Thienpont, the third generation proprietor of this 14 hectare estate, Vieux Château Certan, whose neighbours include Pétrus, has established itself as one of the most famous names in Pomerol.
Alexandre is a traditionalist at heart, and still carries out fermentation in large wooden vats; and employs restricted use of new oak, although he is open to modern techniques such as crop-thinning when he feels they are beneficial to the quality of his wines. Vieux Chateau Certan is crafted in an elegant, feminine style that seduces rather than dominates the palate.
"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