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Vieux Château Certan 2010

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"Since Alexandre Thienpont began managing Vieux Château Certan, he renovated the winemaking facilities in 1988 and again modernised the traditional Pomerol estate in 2003. It was his decision to create a second wine, La Gravette de Certan. He began green harvesting, picking riper fruit and reducing yields as a regular part of their vineyard management techniques. All his efforts proved to be correct as the wines of Vieux Château Certan have never been better! The reputation of Vieux Château Certan today places it among the very best wines in the Pomerol appellation.

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"Since Alexandre Thienpont began managing Vieux Château Certan, he renovated the winemaking facilities in 1988 and again modernised the traditional Pomerol estate in 2003. It was his decision to create a second wine, La Gravette de Certan. He began green harvesting, picking riper fruit and reducing yields as a regular part of their vineyard management techniques. All his efforts proved to be correct as the wines of Vieux Château Certan have never been better! The reputation of Vieux Château Certan today places it among the very best wines in the Pomerol appellation.

"Château Certan sits on the top of the Pomerol plateau. It’s located directly across the street from Certan de May and not far from Petrus, Lafleur, or Le Pin. Alexandre Thienpont runs Vieux Château Certan and manages the vineyards of Le Pin for his cousin Jacques Thienpont. However, Guillaume Thienpont, Alexandre's son, is taking on increasing levels of responsibility in all aspects of the property and will eventually take over the management of the entire estate.

"Vieux Château Certan is an elegant Pomerol. It’s full bodied and rich, and offers ripe blackberry, plum, floral, chocolate, and spice aromas. The texture can be pure silk and velvet. The wine is effortless to drink, yet it’s complex and ages well. The style of Vieux Château Certan varies depending on the vintage. Some years are better for Cabernet Franc which provides a more structured style of wine. Other vintages allow the Merlot to develop more ripeness and opulence along with a lush quality."

— The Wine Cellar Insider

Robert Parker
Robert Parker
99 The 2010 Vieux Château Certan, a blend of 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. Production was lower than in 2009 and the alcohol slightly higher, but the pH is 3.7, which is surprisingly reasonable given the lofty power and alcoholic clout this full-bodied wine possesses. Dense purple-coloured, the 2010 displays a vivid yet astonishing array of spice box, red, blue and black fruits, crushed rock, and spring flowers. The oak is well concealed behind the lavish concentration and richness. Exceptionally pure, this unbelievable wine flirts with perfection. Unfortunately, there is 20% less of it than in 2009, and the tannins warrant a good 8-10 years of cellaring, as I suspect it could actually close down. This is another 40- to 50-year effort in 2010 that should elicit considerable interest from wine consumers. Thienpont thinks he has produced three wines — 2008, 2009, and 2010 — that are the greatest trilogy in the history of Vieux Château Certan, rivaling what this estate did in 1947, 1948, and 1949.
Name Vieux Château Certan
Vintage 2010
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Pomerol
Classification None
Grape Varieties Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 30 years old
Production  
Soil Clay & blue clay with gravel
Winemaking Manual harvest, fully destemmed, maceration and fermentation in temperature-controlled oak vats.
Ageing 12 months in oak barrels (50% new oak)
Website  
Food Pairings Beef; Mushrooms; Grilled Meat
Occasions Romantic Dinner; Celebrations; Business Dinner; Anniversary
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 20 Years