Vieux Château Certan, 2012 (magnum)

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Vieux Château Certan, 2012 (magnum)

Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

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Grape Varietes: Merlot 87%, Cabernet Franc 12%, Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Wine Style: Right Bank Bordeaux Winemaker: Alexandre Thienpont Optimum Drinking: 2020-2045 Reviewer Rating: 95 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 103261
Estate Notes

Vieux Château Certan 2012 (magnum) was purchased in its original wooden case and was one of the finest wines of what was a winemaker's vintage 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.

Reviews

"Vieux Château Certan has a potent, smoke, cooked meat, Cabernet Franc-scented bouquet that is beautifully defined—quintessentially Pomerol. You want typicité? Come right here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite gentle as it sashays across the mouth. The acidity is very well judged and leads to an elegant tobacco tinged finish. Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont have produced one of the finest wines of the Right Bank in 2012, one that is up there with the greats." eRobertParker.com

"Very distinctive, with a terrific smoldering tobacco and charcoal frame around a core of steeped fig, blackberry and plum fruit. The fruit drapes beautifully across the finish, while the charcoal edge extends on and on, picking up warm stone, chestnut and alder notes along the way. Shows serious grip, and should be among the longest-lived wines of the vintage." Wine Spectator

"Unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage, the 2012 Vieux Château Certan is pure class. So many Pomerols speak to power in 2012, but VCC is all finesse. Forward and open-knit with that classic sense of translucent beauty that is the most identifiable attribute of VCC, the 2012 is simply magnificent. Veins of minerality give the wine its precision and energy, while lifted notes of sage, lavender, mint and tobacco captivate all the senses." Antonio Galloni