Vieux Château Certan, 2008

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Vieux Château Certan, 2008

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Alexandre Thienpont Optimum Drinking: 2017-2035 Reviewer Rating: 92 Reviewer: Code: 102913
Estate Notes

Vieux Chateau Certan 2008 was purchased in its original wooden case and comes from a very good right bank Bordeaux vintage; a small, late vintage of exciting quality, the best wines being rich, powerful, seductive and structured with a velvety texture, masses of fruit, good tannin and acidity to warrant ageing.

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. He 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.


"This is a beautiful wine, much more developed and evolved than the 2010, as one might expect, with perfumed notes of camphor, cedar, charcoal, herbs, and black and red fruits. A blend of 70% of Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has very complex aromatics, medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, a spicy, perfumed character, and light to moderate tannin." Robert Parker

"Bright red ruby. Vibrant aromas of kirsch, chocolate, mint and tarragon. Intensely flavored and juicy, with excellent precision and a restrained sweetness to the dark fruit and mineral flavors. With its strong impression of energy, this is less easygoing than most 2008 Pomerols but built for a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. Serious and strong: I would not be surprised if this wine merited an even higher score by about 2020." Stephen Tanzer