|Chateau Vieux Chateau Certan
|Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux Blend
|Extrait de son coffret en bois d'origine
A top success, the 2012 Vieux Chateau Certan is composed of 87% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. 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. A strong effort, it should drink well for 15 or more years.
Alexander Thienpont continues to turn out brilliant wines from this property situated on the high Plateau of Pomerol. The harvest took place between October 1 and 11, producing 33 hectoliters per hectare. The 2012 achieved 13.5% alcohol, a pH of 3.8 and an index of polyphenols as high as the 2010, which was somewhat surprising. It is not nearly as powerful or rich as the 2010 or the 2009. All the old vine parcels of Merlot made it into the final blend.
Bright, delivering savory and tobacco leaf aromas, with damson plum, pomegranate and red currant fruit. The lacy structure lends a fresh feel through the finish. The tobacco element is prominent, but this slowly fills out in the glass with air.
Rene Gabriel rates this wine 18/20 points.