Vieux Ch. Certan 2003
Tasting Notes Vieux Ch. Certan 2003
A terrific effort, this classic blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a complex bouquet of cedar, spice box, black cherries, and cassis. With impressive purity, medium body, moderate tannin, and a long finish (40 plus seconds), it will be at its finest between 2008-2018.
Tasted from bottle at Mark Walford's annual lunch at Waterside Inn. I have never been totally convinced by Alexandre Thienpont's 2002. Here it has a fragrant, earthy, foursquare bouquet whose infant opulence has ebbed in recent years. Indeed, it has turned rather conservative with quite dry tannins, nicely balanced with a touch of piquancy on the finish. There are far superior VCC's in this decade. Tasted May 2013.