Chateau Vieux Ch Certan   Vieux Ch Certan

1990 Vieux Ch. Certan

By Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan

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This was a very strong vintage for Vieux Chateau Certan. The 1990 reveals a deep garnet color to the rim along with a sweet bouquet of charcoal, licorice, roasted herbs, forest floor, and a meaty, truffle-like scent. A fleshy, full-bodied wine with exceptionally low acidity, plenty of melted tannin, and a long, layered finish, this beauty is close to full maturity, but it is in no danger of falling apart. It should keep for another 15+ years. Release price: ($590.00/case)

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #183 June 2009


Tasted at the Bipin Desai's VCC vertical in Los Angeles. This has a slightly deeper colour than the '89 VCC. The nose is more powerful, although not as complex with blackberry, leathery, a faint hint of peppermint and pine. The palate is full-bodied with good structure, quite chewy and backward relative to other Pomerol 1990s. Bullish, perhaps gregarious VCC but still balanced with good acidity, never overpowering (well, VCC never is.) It has a grainy texture towards the weighty, glycerin-tinged finish with a hint of dried blood on the aftertaste. It is certainly a great 1990, although the 1989 is a classier affair. Drink now-2020. Tasted November 2008.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Jul 2013


The 1990 Vieux Château Certan is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, although it does not quite possess the charm of the 1989. There is more primary fruit here than the previous vintage: black cherries, iodine and boysenberry, mingling with clove and tarry aromas that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is similar depth here to the 1989 and yet the finish does not quite deliver the same delineation, although that cheeky dab of kirsch is pure delight. This is a great VCC, although I did notice that over a period of an hour, it fails to keep pace with the ever-meliorating 1989. Tasted January 2016.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 July 2016

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