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2008 Vieux Ch. Certan

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2008 Vieux Ch. Certan from Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan, Pomerol, Bordeaux

In the annals of Bordeaux's storied viticultural history, the 2008 vintage of Pomerol merits a focused reflection. My scholarly pursuits through the many chapters of Bordeaux have brought me to an intriguing narrative - the 2008 Vieux Ch. Certan from Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan manifests an enigma of delicate complexities and robust maturity.


The Singularity of 2008: A Vintage of Precision and Poise

The narrative of the 2008 harvest in Pomerol teetered precariously on the whims of nature's own capriciousness; indeed, the growing season presented challenges that underscored the importance of terroir and human tenacity. The result within this bottle is a striking encapsulation of both adversity and artistry. A cool, wet early summer gave way to a gracious season end – culminating in redolent fruit with an optimal balance of acidity and tannin.

Beneath this vintage's wings lie hints of truffle, ripe plum and a whisper of star anise, enveloping the senses in a dance that is as much about power as it is finesse. On the palate, this 2008 offering conjures contemplations of velvety dark cherries interspersed with earthy undertones, made complete by a remarkably seamless finish – an indisputable testament to its meticulous aging potential.


Investment-Calibre Quality: A Sage Addition to Any Portfolio

For astute collectors and investors discerning enough to recognise longevity and grace in their acquisitions, the 2008 Vieux Ch. Certan from Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan presents a formidable proposal. It is one beheld not solely through its drinking pleasure but also its value appreciation over time. Its remarkable depth and structure assert its position as one of the more intriguing Pomerol specimens from this challenging year.

In summation, amidst an arduous season that rendered diverging narratives across Bordeaux, the 2008 Vieux Ch. Certan shines as a testament to the adept craftsmanship at Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan. It bears the hallmarks of an adaptable suitor–one that has both graced our glasses with approachability in its youth while promising further revelations with age. A judicious addition to any investment portfolio, it harbours the potential for both palate pleasure and fiscal prudence.

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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 the wonderful 2001. Best after 2014.

James Suckling -, December 20th 2010


This bottle is consistent with previous examples. The nose is very generous, though not ostentatious with plenty of vibrant, here quite glossy red fruit mixed with a touch of oyster shell. The palate is medium-bodied, more foursquare than I recollect but still with that classic sense of symmetry and poise towards the finish. Alexandre Thienpont created a superb VCC in 2008, one destined for longevity. Tasted June 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2013


This is a beautiful wine, much more developed and evolved than the 2010, as one might expect, with perfumed notes of camphor, cedar, charcoal, herbs, and black and red fruits. A blend of 70% of Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has very complex aromatics, medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, a spicy, perfumed character, and light to moderate tannin. It can benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011

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