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    173
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    3
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Pesto & Mustard Crumbs

The 2015 Vieux Château Certan is a blend of 80% Merlot,, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, cropped between September 17 and October 2 at 42 hectoliters per hectare. The IPT is healthy 83 and the pH is 3.72, the alcohol 14.6%. Enough statistics. What you need to know is that it is a beguiling Pomerol that will set hearts aflutter. It is bridled with a heavenly bouquet with intense red and black fruit, black truffle and a touch of smoke, opening wonderfully in the glass; the Cabernet Franc is very expressive and imparting a licorice note after ten minutes. The palate is medium-bodied with intensity, with a killer line of acidity that imparts freshness from the very start. There is life-affirming tension interwoven throughout this extremely complex wine from Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont. There are layers, more like a mille-feuille of blackberry, boysenberry, mineral, truffle and a touch of spice towards the finish, just a touch of warmth from the alcohol that merely complements an extraordinary and profound Pomerol. Drink 2025-2060.

Score: 98/100

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

A powerful and rich wine with super concentration and length. Deep and very rich. Glorious blackberry and black chocolate. Full and super velvety. A creamy texture of stone, chalk and lemon rind from the tannins and acidity. Wow. Loving it. The caressing character is so memorable. 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc.

Score: 98/99

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

One of the most exotic, flamboyant wines of the year, the 2015 Vieux Château Certan is rich, unctuous and seamless, with stunning depth and exceptional textural richness. In 2015, VCC is unusually deep and powerful. A host of rose petal, lavender, mint, spice and plum notes meld together, but it is the wine's overall intensity and spherical structure that stand out most. The 2015 is freakishly rich and likely to require at least 15 years to lose some of its baby fat. It was absolutely stellar on both occasions I tasted it.

Score: 97/100

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016

Sweet and ripe on the nose the start of the palate is rich with fleshy black plum. Lighter in the middle bramble and bilberry and although there is more depth at the back the finish has a light flowing elegance. 2027-40

Score: 91/94

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

“Like 2010, but with better Cabernet Franc” is how Alexandre Thienpoint describes his wine. It’s certainly an impressive Pomerol, but I preferred the former vintage. This is flirting with over-ripeness at 14.6% alcohol, but has the richness, fine tannins and fruit weight to cope. Sweet, dense and a little figgy with the Cabernet Franc providing an undertone of leafy freshness. Drink: 2022-35

Score: 94

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

Very intense nose with strong mineral notes - lots of Cabernet Franc influence. Massive impact with really luscious ripe fruit but massive tannins too. Very satiny initially but underneath there is massive tannin. Lovely fragrant top note. Beautifully married. Very sophisticated and with many layers. All vineyard not winemaking. Very savoury - very unlike Merlot stereotype. Drink 2025-2045

Score: 18.5

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016

Guillaume Thienpont describes this wine as ‘La Force Tranquille’. There is no doubt one millisecond after raising the glass to my nose that this is an incredible wine. The depth of fruit on the nose is extraordinary. It is close to perfection when both grapes ripen optimally and this doesn’t always happen at Vieux Château Certan. Clearly, they manage to make fascinating wine year in year out at this property, but in the vintages when both grapes perform, the Thienponts make a ‘true’ Vieux Château Certan and this is as clear and sonorous as any young vintage I have ever tasted. The palate is complete and it expands as it travels across the taste buds into a larger, more intense beast. Bigger and more expansive than the 2014 this is an indulgent wine and it never relents in its desire to inform you of its pedigree. Cabernet Franc kept everything in check and this is what has brought the freshness to the Merlot. This is a very structured, powerful Vieux Château Certan with magnificent control and a deep, dense register. 2010 was all about Merlot - this vintage is all about Vieux Château Certan. Thrilling and magnificent, rich and luxurious this is a near perfect VCC.

Score: 19.5+

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016

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Vieux Chateau Certan is one of Pomerol's oldest and most exalted estates, having produced wine since at least the mid 1740s. On the Belleyme Map, published in 1785, the property was listed as "Sertan" and was owned by the Demays, a family of established Bordeaux negociants. A century later, ownership passed to a banker, Charles de Bousquet, who sold it to George Thienpont in 1924.

The family diversified in 1979 when Marcel and Gérard Thienpont founded nearby microcuvée estate Château Le Pin. In 1985, management of Vieux Château Certan came to Alexandre Thienpont.

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Rich, concentrated ripened red berries, red plum and dry fruit, very charming in structure and complexity, long finish. Compare to 2014, 2015 vintage showed more power for ageing but still in fine acidity, freshness and silky tannin. Just simply love it! 96-98
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Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Pure fruit, elegant style with discreet spiciness and hints of minerality. Opening up very slowly, blackcurrants and dark berries, vanilla and hints of toasted gingerbread. Perfect maturity, excellent tannins and marvellous length. Great purity of fruit in the nose and on the palate. A great wine in its classic splendour with elegance, freshness and great aromatic depth.
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Deep colour. Fresh aromatic musky dark plum aromas with praline, fine espresso, vanilla oak. Sweet dark cherry, musky plum praline violet flavours, beautiful long fine chalky silky tannins, superb savoury oak complexity and mid palate viscosity.  Fine dry grainy finish with beautiful flavour length. A very sophisticated wine with lovely freshness and line. Finesse and elegance. 100 points 
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Pomerol, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

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 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Vieux Chateau Certan 2015  ( Vieux Château Certan )

"Rich, concentrated ripened red berries, red plum and dry fruit, very charming in structure and complexity, long finish. Compare to 2014, 2015 vintage showed more power for ageing but still in fine acidity, freshness and silky tannin. Just simply love it! 96-98"

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Vieux Chateau Certan 2015  ( Vieux Château Certan )

"Deep colour. Fresh aromatic musky dark plum aromas with praline, fine espresso, vanilla oak. Sweet dark cherry, musky plum praline violet flavours, beautiful long fine chalky silky tannins, superb savoury oak complexity and mid palate viscosity.  Fine dry grainy finish with beautiful flavour length. A very sophisticated wine with lovely freshness and line. Finesse and elegance. 100 points "

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 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Vieux Chateau Certan 2015  ( Vieux Château Certan )

"Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol - 80% Merlot 19% Cabernet Franc 1% Cabernet Sauvignon- 42 hl/ha Intense inky nose, meaty, this rolls on the tongue, very good mid-palate, round, soft, gentle, spicy, this has the acidity of the 2010. Really fine here, this has the extra dimension of the finest wines in this vintage, as per the estates own media this has ‘gentle strength’ a great VCC 96-99/100 2030-2060"

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Vieux Chateau Certan 2015  ( Vieux Château Certan )

"Dark purple red colour with violet hue and almost black core. Pure fruit, elegant style with discreet spiciness and hints of minerality. Opening up very slowly, blackcurrants and dark berries, vanilla and hints of toasted gingerbread. Perfect maturity, excellent tannins and marvellous length. Great purity of fruit in the nose and on the palate. A great wine in its classic splendour with elegance, freshness and great aromatic depth. "

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98p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Vieux Chateau Certan 2015  ( Vieux Château Certan )

"Ruby. Fresh nose, delicate, detailed, floral, scented, dark fruits and red berries, faint touch of chocolate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, delicate, red berries, blackberries, nuanced and detailed, playfyl, refined and nuanced, linnear, precise, long, stunning. Still quite firm. 2030-2070 97-99"

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