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History

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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Vineyards

The 35 hectares under vine are planted with 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Franc. The parcels of old vine Cabernet Franc add complexity and structure to the velvety textured Merlots and helps this chateau to excel in challenging vintages.

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Winemaking

All grape harvesting is done by hand. A rigorous sorting of the fruit for quality takes place before the grapes arrive in the cellar. Each grape variety is vinified separately for blending at a later time. The wines are finally placed in 100 per cent new oak barrels for aging. The wines stay in barrel for a period of 18 to 22 months depending on the vintage.

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Wine Moments

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 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Bordeaux has been on a hot roll lately. Think about it. 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2018 and who knows, even though it is early, 2019 is also looking good!
Each vintage has its own mark, its individual sense of identity and uniqueness of character. 2016 Bordeaux is such a great vintage!  Consider this. Out of all those above-named vintages, there are 2016 wines better than you find in any of those years. And that is really saying something!
In 2016, like in all great years, every appellation produced beautiful wines, and each has its own stars. You can find fabulous wines on both banks and in all price ranges. The Petit Chateaux are superb. Right Bank wines are gorgeous and some of the best wines from the Medoc are potentially the best-ever from their respective vineyards.
2016 has it all. The wines combine concentration of flavor, purity of fruit, zesty acidity, ripe tannins, power, elegance, refinement and richness. The aromatics are complex, and the length and mouthfeel go on and on. The best wines offer the ability to age and evolve for decades!
2016 is the most recent bottled vintage in Bordeaux. The wines are currently available to consumers. If you are seeking to enjoy the best of the best, this article is for you.
During both tasting trips to Bordeaux this year, I tasted close to 500 recently bottled 2016 wines. These are the top 25 wines of the vintage.

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 James Molesworth, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Château Lafite 2016 / This offers the best of both sides of Pauillac, with a deep, deep well of dark currant, fig, blackberry and black cherry paste flavors forming a lush side while a series of I-beams made of graphite and iron provide the rigid structure. The two sides meld, pulling in extra sweet tobacco, smoldering cast iron, juniper and savory notes on the finish, leaving a mouthwatering feel. A real stunner. Best from 2025 through 2045.

1y 3m ago

 Michel Bettane, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  13 wines 

Petrus 2018 / A Petrus of great dimension with a structure that gains in finesse with the passing weeks and an aromatic scope delivering spices, pepper, iris, marshmallow, violet. Alluring and shining tannins. A legendary vintage for the cru.


99 points

1y 3m ago

 Christoffer Wahlberg, Wine Producer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Château Trotanoy 1961 / Very deep, clear red colour. Intensive complex nose with some development.
Fresh mint, dark chocolate, cassis and roasted coffee beans.
Full-bodied taste with vividly pronounced acidity, meaty rich and ripe tannins and intense fruit of blackcurrants.
Very long finish with a robust and muscular edge.
Very youthful and energic wine that will last well over ten years from now. 95 Points

1y 5m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  44 wines 

I’ll refer to what Guillaume Poithier, manager of Les Carmes Haut Brion told me during my visit in the end of March 2019 – “2018 started like a nightmare and finished like a dream. It was vintage of belief – you could choose what you wanted to do with wine”.


It was a year of two extremes - a lot of rain in the spring causing quite many outbreaks of mildew, which particulary attacked Merlot and a glorious summer durings months of July, August and September. All these three months were particulary dry and created a fundament for great quality.


Water from the spring showers was well stored in limestone/clay based soils, allowing vine roots to "drink" it when they needed to. Mildew cut production at some chateaux by app. 50% and up to 90% at biodynamicly run oroperties. Grapes from vines on gravelly soils looked pretty small and thick skinned to me. Warm days and cool nights did once again preserve aromas and freshness.


With long term forecasts promising perfect weather during harvest, there was no need to rush it, but wine growers could risk high alcohol levels if they waited too long. Harvest of grapes in two colors started at normal time in Bordeaux, white finished by mid September and red finished more or less on Right Bank by 5th October, while late ripening soils (f.i. around St.Etienne de Lise) have more or less finished by mid-October. Haut Medoc finished harvest by mid-October. 


When I did my annual check of the harvest in October 2018, I noticed that the colour of the mousse (foam) was pink to medium-red, which promised huge fatness and big concentration in wines. It was duly confirmed when I tasted them for two weeks during primeur tastings in March/April 2019.

1y 8m ago

 Zhao Dao Lee / Wine Importer, Wine Importer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Cheval Blanc 2018 / 100 points / Deep purple colour, with an inky viscosity. Aromatic and spicy on the nose with black cherry, blackberry and clove. Intense vanilla and cedar notes lift a ripe and intense nose. The palate is powerful, dense and concentrated with kirsch, cassis and menthol framed by mouthcoating, firm tannins. This is a full bodied style with superb complexity and length. Despite the underlying power and spicy oak there is a lifted freshness to retain a mineral edge to further elevate this impressive Cheval.

1y 9m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  32 wines 

Château Palmer 2018 / 100 points / Deep colour intense dark cherry, black currant fruits with mocha espresso notes. Amazingly powerful and expressive wine with deep set blackcurrant pastille fruits, richly concentrated graphite tennins. Incredible balance and mineral length. Superb density and complexity. The wine of the vintage?

1y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  100 wines 

Bordeaux 2018 - TOP 100 Wines. "The best vintage of my live" says Christian Moueix of the Ets. Jean Pierre Moueix in Libourne. In fact, 2018 is a vintage with wonderfully ripe tannins which taste almost sweet and are characterizing wine with excellent structured. However this vintage was everything else than easy-going. The first six months of the year saw the complete annual rainfall for the Bordeaux region, over 800mm. Mildew attacked the grapes, what meant a reduction in quantity but as the leaves have not been attacked the maturity process continued and the lower yields brought concentrated grapes. Another problem where hailstorms bringing further damage. Some Châteaux like Château Guiraud have lost the complete harvest. "We went from hell to heaven" summarizes Véronique Sanders from Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan the vintage. After the deluge in the first half of 2018, there was a dramatic change for the second half bringing great, dry weather with a lot of sun. The partially high daily temperatures were in change with lower night temperatures and created a tension for aromatic wines. The correct amount of extraction and maceration was crucial and some vintners have changed their maceration processes and made great wines with a lot of freshness. These vintners are amongst the winners of the vintage. If 2018 will belong to the greatest vintages in Bordeaux for the overall production might show the future. However already today there is a number of Châteaux performing 

1y 9m ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  20 wines 

A great visits at Le Pin and Lafleur.

1y 10m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  25 wines 

The 100-Tasting 1970's - Day II - Best of Bordeaux

2y 1m ago

 Makoto Abe, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  1 wines  from  Vieux Château Certan . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Trotanoy 2013 - The nose is typical Trotanoy and also beautifully concentrated due to the fact that only half the crop made the selection for this wine. One of the best wines of the vintage. Fruity, with aromas of liquorice, mocha and truffles on the nose. Flavours of cherry, cassis and a touch of minerality on the palate. A classical long finish. 92 points

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