The 2019 follows in the lofty footsteps of a 2018 that received three potential 100 point scores from barrel. Deep ruby in colour with pure red cherry and plum on the nose, accented by cedar and hints of pencil shavings. The palate follows, interplaying sweet cassis and cherries with savoury wild mushroom. The tannins are velveteen and persistent, adding weight and depth to the mouthfeel. There is great harmony and drive to the palate, with waves of dark fruits and fresh acidity building through to a long, fine finish. Tasted in Bordeaux.
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan slowly opens out to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of red roses, kirsch, black raspberries, violets and star anise over a powerful core of plum preserves, blueberry pie and boysenberries plus hints of cardamom, sandalwood and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly graceful, featuring tightly wound layers of crunchy blue and black fruits with tannins so ripe and finely grained, you really have to look for them. The acidity here is absolutely seamless, and the finish explodes into an array of mineral sparks. Be prepared to fall head over heals for this one.
|Score: 97/100||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (June 2020 ), June 2020|
The 2019 Vieux Château Certan is deep in colour. It has a fabulous, very intense nose that explodes from the glass with billowing scents of black cherries, freshly shaved black truffles, raspberry and light rose petal aromas. The palate is so sensual and seductive on the entry, its creamy texture irresistible and completely disguising the structure underneath. Interestingly this VCC really comes into its own after 12-hours of opening, revealing more quintessential Pomerol characteristics and more grip on the finish. Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont fashioned a brilliant follow-up to the glorious 2018. 2025 - 2055
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
The nose is so beautiful, offering dried flowers, white pepper and other spices. Yet,there’s also bright, blue fruit. Tar, too. Love the depth of fruit here. The wine flows across the palate with so well integrated tannins. You just want to drink it. Glorious. The cabernet in this makes it almost Medoc-like. A blend of 78% merlot, 15% cabernet franc and 7% cabernet sauvignon.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Vieux Château Certan is a heady, rich wine that captures all of the exoticism of the year. Crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, lavender and spice are some of the many aromas and flavors that run through the 2019. This is an especially ripe, unctuous style for VCC. It will be interesting to see what aging brings, as there is plenty of grip and structure underneath a core of dense fruit that remains remarkably primary.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon. 70% new oak. Yield 40 hl/ha. Alexandre Thienpont explained the Cabernet Franc was less productive in 2019, hence the reduction on 2018 (30%) and addition of young-vine (2012) Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrel sample.
Dark crimson hue. Complex and intense on the nose with dark fruit, tea and floral notes. Oak just perceptible but well integrated. Touch of sweetness on the attack (oak again?) but the palate remains juicy, lively and fresh, the tannins rounded and refined. A classic VCC that’s sapid and digeste, the finish long, dry and clean. (JL) 14.5%
Drink 2030 – 2050
|Score: 18+||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|