Vieux Château Certan

Vieux Château Certan, 2018

No Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend this year, as the vineyards were subjected to severe water stress. But water reserves that had built up over the spring enabled most other vines to cope with the stress, owner Alexandre Thienpont explained. Certainly the 15% Cabernet Franc, harvested along with that of Cheval Blanc on 9 October (thankfully a bit of rain beginning of October helped to dilute a bit the wines), enhanced the blend with length and “pedigree” he said. The 40 hectoliters per hectare was a more than respectable yield for the vintage, with Merlots ensuring strength and opulence in this wine of 14.4% alcohol and low acidity. Lovely elegance, density and length.

Score: 96-98+

Wine Details

Colour

Red

Wine Style

Still

Grape Varieties

Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Alcohol

14.4%

Bottle size

75cl

Origin

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Sub-region

St Emilion & Pomerol

Area

Pomerol AOP

Tasting Information

Name of Tasting

Bordeaux En Primeur 2018

Type of Tasting

Tasting report

Blind

No

Tasted by

Panos Kakaviatos

UK Stockist

En Primeur: not yet released

Global Stockist

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