Vieux Château Certan 2012

  • Black fruit
  • Gastronomic wine
  • Wine for ageing
  • Color:Red
  • 14% 
  • 3L
  • Intensity
  • Classic

Loved - and sought after - by worldwide wine lovers, this wine is less powerful than a traditional Pomerol but acquires exceptional refinement over the years, combined with simply fabulous concentration and richness. More info

  • Quantity: 1 Double-magnum
  • Level: 1 into-neck
  • Label: 1 good appearance
  • Country/Region: Bordeaux
  • Appellation/Wine: Pomerol
  • Producer/Owner: Famille Thienpont
  • More information....

Vieux Château Certan serve at a temperature of 16°C. It will pair perfectly with the following dishes: Lièvre à la royale, Rôti de veau, Tournedos Rossini.

Peak: Drink until 2030

  • Vintage score: 15/20
  • What the experts say...

    "Deep mulberry, plum and black cherry fruit notes intermixed with touches of graphite and subtle smoke lead to a medium-bodied wine with beautiful intensity, well-integrated oak, a velvety opulence and a long, impressively pure finish." R. Parker (04/2013)

    Lot presentation
    Vieux Château Certan

    Cuvée presentation

    The unusual proportions of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon make Vieux Château Certan firmer when young and at primeur tastings. As the years go by, however, it makes good the gap and acquires exceptional refinement, combined with simply fabulous concentration and richness. A superb Pomerol which lives up to the legend.

    Information about domain Vieux Château Certan

    Perfectly positioned in the centre of the Pomerol plateau, with a single block of vines, Vieux Château Certan rubs shoulders with prestigious neighbours such as Petrus, La Conseillante, L'Evangile, and also Certan de May. The domaine was created following the division of the property in 1858. At that time, Charles de Bousquet, the new owner of Vieux Château Certan, undertook the reconstruction of the château, which still stands out today from the relatively simple residences so common in Pomerol. Vieux Château Certan was bought by Georges Thienpont in 1924. This family of Belgian wine merchants, who have been responsible for the renaissance of Le Pin's exceptional terroir (a precursor of the so-called garage wines), is still in control of the property, represented by Alexandre, Georges Thienpont's grandson. The vineyard lies on a subsoil that combines clay with the famous iron residues of Pomerol's plateau that are so characteristic of the Petrus terroir, and a substantial quantity of gravel, lending the wine a rare elegance and aromas with a refinement reminiscent of the great wines of the Médoc. After manual harvests, a particularly meticulous vinification is carried out, with separate oak vats for each grape variety. The wines are then matured in new oak barrels for 18 to 22 months.

    Detailed characteristics

    • Quantity: 1 Double-magnum
    • Level: 1 into-neck
    • Label: 1 good appearance
    • Origin: Private individual
    • Type of cellar: Classic underground cellar
    • Recoverable VAT: No
    • Original Wooden Case / Original Case: Yes
    • French customs seal: no
    • Alcohol percentage: 14 %
    • Country/Region: Bordeaux
    • Appellation/Wine: Pomerol
    • Producer/Owner: Famille Thienpont
    • Vintage: 2012
    • Color: Red
    • Peak: Drink until 2030
    • Service temperature: 16°
    • Viticulture: Conventional 
    • Size (in ha): 14
    • Volume: 50000 bottles
    • Intensity: Classic
    • Dominant aroma: Black fruit
    • Tasting occasion: Gastronomic wine
    • Grape variety: 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet franc
    Vieux Château Certan
    Vieux Château Certan

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