Vieux Ch. Certan 1998
Tasting Notes Vieux Ch. Certan 1998
Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford's annual lunch at Waterside Inn. The '98 VCC has an expressive bouquet, perhaps more modern in style compared to the more traditional '99. There is an exotic touch with cassis and blueberry scents wafting temptingly from the glass, menthol and orange blossom. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of sappy red fruit and a sumptuous, quite glossy finish. I am not as taken as this Pomerol as I was three of four years ago, but it is still a flash VCC that has an opulent air about it. Tasted May 2013.
A fine offering, the 1998 has closed down, but there is no doubting its fabulous potential. The color is a dense purple. The wine reveals high tannin, huge body, and classy black fruits intermixed with minerals, spice box, cedar, and tobacco. A long, persistent, tannic finish gives this majestic effort a closed but formidable personality. Patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.