Bottle variation, for reasons that escape me, have plaqued all my tastings of this wine. It has hit full maturity and is certainly not one of the most profound Vieux Chateau Certans, but nevertheless a very seductive, delicious, round, and savory wine that offers notes of open wood fire intermixed with roasted herbs, dried sweet cherry fruit, and an intrigiung peppery, almost tapenade sort of nose that suggests Provence more than Bordeaux. In the mouth it is lush, succulent, and medium bodied, with outstanding concentration, low acidity, and sweet tannin. The wine may turn out to fool everybody and last another two decades, but it seems to me that, to maximize its pleasures, it should be consumed over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: now-2010. Last tasted, 11/02.