Chateau Vieux Ch Certan   Vieux Ch Certan

1989 Vieux Ch. Certan

By Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan

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Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford's annual lunch at Waterside Inn. This bottle is consistent with several other tasted over the last couple of years. It has a captivating bouquet with scents of mulberry, clove and cedar, a hint of roasted chestnut in the background. It gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, perhaps a little tighter than I have discerned compared to other bottles, but it retains that gorgeous garrigues-infused finish. Wonderful. Tasted May 2013.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013


The 1989 Vieux Château Certan has long been one of my favorite wines of that decade. The bouquet shows no signs of relinquishing that title with gorgeous black truffle, bay leaf, warm gravel and briary scents that are simply beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, "warm earth" on the entry, leather and truffle, great depth here with sublime precision on the finish, which is bridled with hints of mushroom and cloves. Maybe this is reaching its peak? Then again, it shows absolutely no signs of reaching the end of its plateau. This is nothing short of a wondrous Pomerol from Alexandre Thienpont. Tasted January 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 July 2016


The last two tastings have been better than early tastings, suggesting I underrated the wine. It is still somewhat austere, with a rather evolved dark garnet color already revealing some amber. The wine shows some sweet plums, currants, with some dusty earth overtones and a hint of dried herbs. The wine is medium-bodied, sweet on the front end, but a bit astringent at the rear. The wine could probably benefit from several more years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016. Last tasted, 1/02.

Robert Parker Jr - Bordeaux Book, 4th Edition Jan 2003

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