2006 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

SKU #1047419 96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted blind at Farr Vintners' horizontal, the 2006 Vieux Château Certan remains an outstanding proposition. It has an airy red cherry and raspberry bouquet, a hint of bergamot tea in the background, succinctly defined, even if the fruit needs some encouragement from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. The acidity is well judged, harmonious in the mouth, quite smooth with hints of truffle oil and white pepper towards the composed, quite sensual finish. Give this a couple of more years in bottle and then it should drink well for at least a couple of decades. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

95 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark A beauty from the moment it's first poured, this wine is one of the few in the vintage with the power to awe. Alexandre Thienpont cares for these Cabernet Franc and Merlot vines at the top of the Pomerol plateau, and shepherds them into a wine of subtlety and reserve. There's no blast of power, just a clarity and brightness, as if a door were opening to a sunny field of wild strawberries. There's something darker as well, like the cool forest floor at the edge of the field, and the ripe black cherries that grow above it. The wine has a natural surety, the beauty and fineness of a great terroir. Built to last. Inner quote mark (12/2009)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows complex and subtle aromas of dried dark fruits and blueberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, refined finish. Very fine. Solid and balanced, with lovely sweet fruit on the finish. All in place for the vintage. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2009)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark I love the texture here. This is really impressive for 2006, which is a good but not great vintage. Blackberries, dark chocolate, and lightly roasted oak. Full-bodied, yet holding back with great finesse and strength. Inner quote mark (5/2012)

94 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good full red-ruby. Very sexy aromas and flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, roasted coffee, violet and licorice. Lush, silky and highly concentrated, with an utterly seamless texture to the middle palate. Wonderfully, ripe, broad, merlot-based wine; solid as a rock but utterly pliant. Finishes with captivating lingering sweetness, the broad tannins completely buffered by the wine's ripe fruit. I sucked up my bottle of this elixir with great pleasure, but it has the stuffing for long aging. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2009)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2006 VCC is a superb wine in the making and has all of the earmarks of an utterly classic rendition of this fine terroir. The bouquet is a deep and youthfully complex blend of cassis, dark berries, tobacco leaf, a touch of mint, dark soil tones, espresso, cigar smoke and a touch of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, pure and intensely flavored, with a good core, suave tannins and fine focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. Monsieur Thienpont notes that “2006 was a cabernet franc vintage for us” and this is abundantly clear in the style and shape of this lovely vintage of VCC. Just add further bottle age. 93+ Inner quote mark (6/2016)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2006 Vieux Château Certan has quite an "airy" and well-defined nose that seems to side with the Cabernet Franc/Sauvignon. Brambly red fruit intermingles with pencil lead and subtle slate aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and feels cohesive. Fine grip, quite sturdy with a dense finish, perhaps it has dispensed with some of the precision that it exuded in its youth. Inner quote mark (3/2022)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Blackish ruby. Lifted, relatively exciting nose (makes you realise how tired some of these noses are). Great fleshy gorgeousness. Complete and beautifully balanced. Long. Some sweetness. 17.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2016)

K&L Notes

96 points Robert Parker for Wine Advocate upon release: "One of the top wines of the vintage is the exquisite 2006 Vieux Château Certan. A blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, it is a stunningly rich effort boasting an inky/blue/purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of forest floor, coffee, toast, and extravagant levels of black currants and blackberries. Hints of charcoal and flowers add to the wine’s exquisite character. What’s remarkable in this full-bodied wine is that nearly 100% new oak is used, yet the oak is largely drowned out by the wine’s concentration and complex personality. This full-bodied Vieux Château Certan should be reasonably approachable in 3-4 years but last for at least three decades. This great success merits kudos to proprietor Alexandre Thienpont." (02/2009)

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