2014 La Gravette de Certan, Pomerol

SKU #1277301 93 points James Suckling

 The plum and blueberry character and hints of cocoa are really impressive. Medium to full body and firm and silky tannins. Integrated and so fine. A beautiful thing. Drink now or hold. Second wine of Vieux Château Certan.  (2/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely, with a stream of raspberry confiture flowing through, while light mint, star anise and black tea notes weave in and out. The long and refined finish has a light mineral accent, while the fruit sails on. This is quietly one of the best second wines in Bordeaux. Best from 2018 through 2026. (JM, Web-2017)

K&L Notes

This second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan is so good it is sinful. Made by Alexander Thienpont, of whom Robert Parker has said, in reviewing a previous vintage, "Alexander Thienpont continues to turn out brilliant wines from this property situated on the high plateau of Pomerol." Fresh raspberries on the nose and on the palate with some toasty oak undertones. We drank it, as we could not spit it out. This is a must buy. We have never carried this label and very little is made in each vintage. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2016 | Send Email
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This is the first time we have carried this beauty--the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan, one of the best properties in all of Bordeaux. We tasted it on our first day in Bordeaux on our 2016 buying trip. We bought all that was available--only 180 bottles. Pure framboise on the nose and palate. Lush, sweet, and sexy. Buy it and enjoy now or ten years from now.
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol