($90-$103; 70% merlot and 30% cabernet franc) Good red-ruby. Highly complex, cabernet franc-dominated aromas of berries, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco and spices. Dense and fat but with a firm edge of acidity leavening the wine's layered texture. A lush and creamy wine with terrific spine. Classic VCC, finishing with outstanding spicy persistence. It's hard to find this style of right-bank Bordeaux today. I've had a letch for this wine since the outset.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2007
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18
[M 70%, CF 30%; average yields 42 hl/ha] Without doubt one of the stars of the vintage, a dazzling return to form after last year's rather soupy effort. Intensely, electrically lively nose plus a palate laced with really rich, mouth-filling fruit and the structure drawing it all together. Seriously tensile yet with lots of ripe fruit. Dense and wonderfully lively. The only slight reproach is that, like virtually all 2004s, it is not spectacularly persistent. [Tasted three times, one sample disappointing.]
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94
Fabulous aromas of crushed berries, vanilla and chocolate, with pure fruit. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. All in texture. A gorgeous and seductive young wine. This is 25 percent Cabernet Franc (normally it's 15 percent). 4,585 cases made.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
This stunning blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc boasts a dense ruby/purple color along with a big, sweet bouquet of black cherries, licorice, roasted herbs, smoke, and cassis. Elegant, medium to full-bodied, pure flavors reveal moderately high tannin, but superb concentration and richness. Vieux Chateau Certan should be one of the longer-lived and most complex wines of the vintage.
Consumed @ The Little Door in mid-Wilshire. SEAMLESS structure and balance. Seemed to get better and better towards the end. Perfect acidity and backbone probably means this can continue to age gracefully for 5 to 10 more years. Very worth $130 for a taste of Grand Cru Pomerol. Very memorable wine.
Self | Rating: 91
Good. Probably too young.
Self | Rating: 94
Much, much more restrained on the nose than the St. Emilion line-up. Reserved and undelineated, but offers the most depth and weight in the palate thus far. Sweet fig, blackberry and chocolate are evident in the fat and well rounded palate. A backward, but seriously endowed wine that will blossom in the cellar. Drink 2010-2025.