2000 - Vieux Château Certan Pomerol
06A0VIEU6PK _ 2000 - Vieux Château Certan Pomerol - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Vieux Château Certan
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2010 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
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2000 VIEUX CHÂTEAU CERTAN POMEROL - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Vieux Château Certan
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2010 - 2030
Case size
6x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,666.07 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis

    If only all Bordeaux owner/winemakers were as sensitive, thoughtful and downrightgood eggs as Alexandre Thienpont. This is wine as it should be. The terroir andgrapes ( 70% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 10% cabernet sauvignon ) are allowedto express themselves, the winemakers hand is unnoticed. It is a graceful, polished,composed and explosive. One of our favourites. April 2001

  • NM

    Neal Martin, August 2019,
    Score: 92

    The 2000 Vieux-Château-Certan is a Pomerol that I had not encountered for some time. Perhaps this vintage has lost some of its initial luster, not least because the consensus from winemakers and consumers alike is that the appellation performed far better in 2001. This millennial VCC has a saturnine nose even after almost two decades, offering dusky black fruit, hints of chimney soot and tobacco, and later a whiff of licorice. It remains stubborn and sultry. The palate is quite muscular for a VCC, although fine acidity lends it tension. Where one might criticize Alexandre Thienpont’s wine for its lack of refinement and panache, for failing to realize the potential it showed during its first decade. As such, I would afford it another three or four years in bottle to see if it brightens up. 2020-2035

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, June 2010,
    Score: 95

    A gorgeous wine of grace, elegance, and power, this youthful 2000 will benefit from another five years of cellaring. It appears to have 25 more years of life ahead of it. A deep ruby/purple color is just beginning to lighten at the edges. The bouquet offers up scents of cedar wood, melted licorice, black currants, blackberries, caramel, and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and pure with low acidity as well as formidable tannins in the long finish, the 2000 should rival vintages such as 2005, 2006, and 2009.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2003,
    Score: 95

    The dense ruby/purple-colored, tight 2000 gradually reveals notes of oak, tapenade, blackberries, spice box, licorice, and vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied, and powerful, with superb purity, low acidity, and high tannin, this backward, concentrated Vieux Chateau Certan falls just short of rivaling the sensational 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2001,
    Score: 19

    Miraculously pure and frank. Beautifully balanced, wonderfully fine, intense nose, round with hints of chocolate but clearly all made with minimal intervention in appetising contrast to the overworked confections made by so many others on the right bank today. Real charm and roundness but without any sacrifice to concentration or interest. Brilliant in every way.

  • CC

    Clive Coates, June 2001

    70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. More classic than the1998 says Alexandre Thienpont. The Cabernet Franc was much better. Finecolour. Very lovely cool, composed, profound nose. Full body. Very good tannins.Excellent grip. This is very lovely. Real depth and class. Very long and complex.Very fine indeed. From 2010.

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Producer

Vieux Château Certan

What is there not to like about this château and its amiable owner, Alexandre Thienpont? Sensitive,reflective and wonderfully humble, he is of the school who believes that wine makes itself. He is just the assistant who helps it along the way. And the wine certainly seems to be spectacular year after year.

Region

Pomerol

The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.