2005 Vieux Chateau Certan 750ml

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WS 97   WA 95   IWC 92(+?)   JR 17.5   Collector 95
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

Shows violet, olive and sliced plum on the nose, with Indian spices and hints of cappuccino and chocolate. Complex. Very pretty and aromatic. Full-bodied, with wonderfully sweet fruit and chewy yet ripe tannins. Last for minutes on the palate. The best young red ever from this producer. 4,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

A stunning effort from Alexander Thienpont, the 2005 Vieux Chateau Certan (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) reveals an inky/blue/purple color along with a rich, sumptuous perfume of black olives, lavender, roasted herbs, licorice, pain grille, and oodles of truffles as well as creme de cassis. In the mouth, hints of chocolate and charcoal also make an appearance along with good acidity, fabulous purity, and a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel. In keeping with the style of this terroir, the wine is reserved and restrained, but deep. It should develop magnificently, and age for 30-40 years.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

($200-$360; 80% merlot) Bright ruby-red. Very closed nose hints at licorice and nutty oak. Sweet and broad in the mouth, with a chocolatey ripeness but less energy and grip than the 2006. This is more mouthfilling, and more sexy today in the middle palate, but may ultimately be less complex. Or is it just more reserved today? Finishes with substantial tannins that call for at least several years of aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17.5

Scored 17 in the Southwolds tasting of 2005 Bordeaux. Pale, slightly weak rim. Sweet, simple and tarry at first on the nose. But on the palate it was really interesting and there was lovely lift and freshness. Really appetising. Good structure. Quite long. Lovely and unctuous, this wine improved in the glass.

Drink Dates: 2012-2022
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 97
Author: gd10102
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 09/30/2009

Rating: 95
Author: iTikki
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 11/03/2011
Consumed in filbert wedding, from a 3L bottle. The 2005 Vieux Chateau Certan (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) reveals an inky/blue/purple color along with a rich, sumptuous perfume of black olives, lavender, roasted herbs, licorice, pain grille, and oodles of truffles as well as creme de cassis. In the mouth, hints of chocolate and charcoal also make an appearance along with good acidity, fabulous purity, and a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel. In keeping with the style of this terroir, the wine is reserved and restrained, but deep. It should develop magnificently, and age for 30-40 years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035. Complex on the nose, fresh and lively with some still quite dry tannins on the finish. A virtual palate scrub. This is much subtler than most

Rating: 94
Author: Charles M71
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/11/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Still a bit closed in but, dispays balanced fruit and tannins to improve for a number of years

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1669 bottles owned by 213 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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