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Vieux Chateau Certan

Tasting Notes


The aromas to this are so compelling with Maraschino cherries and sliced plums. So intense. It must come from the Cabernet Franc in the blend. It’s full-bodied and dense but in a reserved and refined style. Racy and beautiful. Reminds me of…


In this dense wine, dusty tannins ride over spice and black currant fruits, giving weight and concentration while retaining the natural stylish character of…

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The Winery

Vieux Château Certan

"Everyone likes barbecue, but haute cuisine needs more knowledge to appreciate."
- Alexandre Thienpont

Celebrated as one of the great growths of Pomerol, View Château Certan has long been creating wines on par with its neighbor, Château Pétrus. Heritage of the estate traces back to 1770, making it one of the eldest Bordelais producers in existence. Surrounded by powerhouses including Le Pin and Lefleur, Certan’s 35 acres are comprised of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

The oak program is French, 100% new, and the grapes are hand harvested and sorted in the vineyards before being brought back to the winery. The vineyards are all on one block, meaning no room for error and difficult reaping. Currently, Certan is run by Alexandre Thienpont, son of well known Belgian wine merchant Georges Thienpont. Le Pin is also run and owned by the Thienponts, clearly success and fine wine runs in the family. Alexandre created sophisticated, sexy wines with fines that are also age worthy.

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