Vieux Château Certan

Vieux Château Certan

This château, which dates back at least as far as 1785, is one of Pomerol's elite vineyards, situated right in the heart of the Pomerol plateau with the likes of Pétrus, L'Evangile and La Conseillante as its neighbours.

The 14 hectares of vines are situated in one single block and share some of Petrus' unique compacted clay soil. That said, this wine gets its distinction from the fact that the vineyard has a higher percentage of cabernet franc (30%), planted on gravel with clay and pure gravel, and of cabernet sauvignon (10%), planted on red gravel, than its neighbour. The remaining 60% of the vines are merlot planted on clay.

The property has been owned by the Thienpont family since 1924 and managed meticulously since 1985 by Alexandre Thienpont. Year on year, Alexandre adapts his pruning regime, the training of the vines and the selection of vats to the vintage conditions, so the first blend of his Grand Vin will contain different proportions of merlot and each of the cabernets, and will change in every vintage.

The wine is vinified in temperature-controlled oak vats and then spends 18 to 22 months in 100% new wood. Its distinctive style and track record of many great vintages make it a favourite for many claret fans, and it repays keeping for between 12 and 40 years, in some vintages even longer.

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