Vieux Château Certan, 2011

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Vieux Château Certan, 2011

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6
  • Case of 12


Grape Varietes: Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Alexandre Thienpont Optimum Drinking: 2019-2030 Reviewer Rating: 94 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 103259
Estate Notes

Vieux Château Certan 2011 was purchased in its original wooden case and comes from a good vintage for Pomerol, which was the most consistent appellation in terms of quality in a tricky year for Bordeaux.

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.


"...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..." Robert Parker

"Very deep and broad for the vintage, this sports ample toast and loam notes, showing remarkable polish and heft. A core of ganache, fig, boysenberry preserves and melted licorice waits in reserve. Offers a fleshy feel through the finish, with lingering loam and maduro tobacco details." Wine Spectator

"Expressive aromas of raspberry, cocoa, minerals and violet; very cabernet franc! Juicy, sappy and intense, with sharply delineated if still youthfully imploded flavors of floral red berries and minerals. Offers truly superb intensity and clarity, with harmonious lively acids giving the sweetly spicy red fruit flavors noteworthy penetration and cut. Highly perfumed on the long, pure finish which features lingering violet notes. This was my favorite wine of the Primeurs back in 2012 and subsequent retastings of the wine since then haven't changed my mind." Ian D'Agata