Vieux Ch. Certan 1986
Tasting Notes Vieux Ch. Certan 1986
Certain austerity and Medoc-like firmness has always fooled me with this wine in blind tastings. The color remains a very healthy deep ruby, and the nose of black currants, cherries, spice box, cedar, and mineral clearly seems more Medooc-like than Pomerol. In the mouth, its firm tannin is still present. The wine has a certain youthful vibrancy because of good acidity and outstanding purity. It is a young, still somewhat unformed, but very promising wine on the way up. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2016. Last tasted, 1/02.
Tasted at the Bipin Desai's VCC vertical in Los Angeles. I was quite scathing about this wine in 2002, but here the '86 showed better. A slightly deeper colour than the '85 VCC and the 20% Cabernet Sauvignon is tangible on the sous-bois-dominated nose with touches of smoke and cigar box. It develops nicely in the glass over the course of 30 minutes. The palate is medium-bodied, masculine, dry tannins; firm and rather serious. Obvious notes of tobacco and cedar toward the finish with some attractive Cabernet Franc. Its virtue is that it remains fresh with good delineation, but it is reluctant to impart pleasure. Drink now-2014. Tasted November 2008.