1996 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

SKU #110421 93 points Wine Spectator

 Decadent and rich, with wild mushrooms, plum and hints of citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Complex, with toasted oak, coffee and ripe fruit. It goes on and on. Wonderful. Big surprise. Get it. One of the best Right Bank wines in 1996. (Web-2007)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium-dark red. Vinous aromas of redcurrant, tobacco and smoky, nutty oak. Silky but penetrating in the mouth; an elegantly styled wine with good extract and a light gamey nuance. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and very good persistence. This and the '95 will make a fascinating pair of vintages to follow: the '95 is denser and more Merlot-dominated, while this is downright suave. (ST)  (5/1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 ... The wine exhibits a dark plum color, and a complex nose of roasted herbs, Asian spices, earth, and sweet black cherry fruit. A refined claret, with excellent concentration, a sweet mid-palate, and moderate tannin in the finish, it is a finesse-styled Pomerol. (RP)  (4/1999)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2016 | Send Email
VCC as some people call Vieux Ch√Ęteau Certan is a surprising wine for those not accustomed to its charms. Firstly it has an unusual proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon for a Pomerol, but somehow, the Cab here lends a very soft structured elegance, and not heavy tannins at all. How do they do it? Hopefully I will have the opportunity to ask them myself one day. One would find coffee beans, plums, cassis, exotic herbs and spices, and a delicate note of honey which for me is a sure sign of some development in the best red wines. This is not an over the top, chocolaty Pomerol, but a wine filled with elegance.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Pomerol