Vieux Ch. Certan 2010

Current Market Price: £2,600.00 / 12x75cl
Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan, Vieux Ch. Certan, 2010

Tasting Notes Vieux Ch. Certan 2010

99

The 2010 Vieux Chateau Certan, a blend of 86% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. Production was lower than in 2009 and the alcohol slightly higher, but the pH is 3.7, which is surprisingly reasonable given the lofty power and alcoholic clout this full-bodied wine possesses. Dense purple-colored , the 2010 displays a vivid yet astonishing array of spice box, red, blue and black fruits, crushed rock and spring flowers. The oak is well-concealed behind the lavish concentration and richness. Exceptionally pure, this unbelievable wine flirts with perfection. Unfortunately, there is 20% less of it than in 2009, and the tannins warrant a good 8-10 years of cellaring, as I suspect it could actually close down. This is another 40- to 50-year effort in 2010 that should elicit considerable interest from wine consumers. Thienpont thinks he has produced three wines - 2008, 2009 and 2010 - that are the greatest trilogy in the history of Vieux Chateau Certan, rivaling what this estate did in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

Robert Parker Jr
Wine Advocate #194 May 2011
96

The 2010 was, as Alexandre mentioned, a “merlot” year and there is 25% less Cabernet Franc in the blend. If I am being truly honest (and that has got me into a lot of trouble this year) I am missing that component on the nose. For sure, it has wonderful purity and focus, subtle raspberry and cranberry notes that are incredibly well defined, but I just miss that edginess that the Cabernet Franc imparts. Still, I cannot deny there is superb minerality here. The palate is quite broody on the entry: good density, a little softer than I expected, but with lovely spicy notes intertwined in the black, slightly tarry fruit. It is a little “gawky” after bottling so it will gain more harmony and composure. The finish is masculine, typical of the vintage, with a long tertiary aftertaste. Very fine...of course. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin
Wine Journal Mar 2013
100

A perfect wine with perfect purity of fruit. It shows gorgeous aromas of blackberries, currants and cedar with hints of chocolate. Full body, with a lovely sweetness of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes to chocolate, hazelnut and spices. Nutmeg too. Sexy and incredible. It has so much depth of fruit and density. Better in 2020.

James Suckling
jamessuckling.com, February 3rd 2013

Vieux Ch. Certan Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
Vieux Ch. Certan 2018 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan POA 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2017 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,700.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2017 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £940.00 6x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2016 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,800.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2016 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,460.00 6x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2015 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,444.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2015 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £700.00 3x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2014 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,380.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2013 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £990.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2012 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,160.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2011 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,080.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2011 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £595.00 6x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2010 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,600.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2009 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,300.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2008 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,390.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2008 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,390.00 6x150cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2007 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,069.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2006 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,560.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2005 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,940.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2004 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,200.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2003 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,350.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2002 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,300.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2001 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,400.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 2000 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,760.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1999 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,775.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1998 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,200.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1997 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £962.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1996 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,608.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1995 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,740.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1990 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,736.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1989 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,848.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1986 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £1,620.00 12x75cl
Vieux Ch. Certan 1982 Chateau Vieux Ch. Certan £2,616.00 12x75cl