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1996 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

SKU #110421 93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (5/1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark ... 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) Inner quote mark (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 Château 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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