2006 Vieux Chateau Certan 750ml

France - Bordeaux - Pomerol/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 95-100   WA 94-96   IWC 94   JR 18   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 95-100

This has a beautiful core of berry, coffee and chocolate fruit. Full yet very balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Extremely well made, with everything in proportion. Makes you want to drink it now. I haven't found many wines like this. 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc.

Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 94-96

A brilliant effort from Alexandre Thienpont, the 2006 Vieux Chateau Certan is atypically high in Merlot (85%), with the rest Cabernet Franc. A huge bouquet of cedar, coffee, black currants, cherries, and pain grille soars from the glass of this full-bodied, opulent, fleshy, lavishly endowed Pomerol. Yields of 30 hectoliters per hectare resulted in a production of only 3,000 cases. A bulked-up, improved version of the brilliant 1990, the 2006 should be at its peak between 2010-2030, and should eclipse their 2005. Bravo!

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 170

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($185) Good full red-ruby. Very sexy aromas and flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, roasted coffee, violet and licorice. Lush, silky and highly concentrated, with an utterly seamless texture to the middle palate. Wonderfully, ripe, broad, merlot-based wine; solid as a rock but utterly pliant. Finishes with captivating lingering sweetness, the broad tannins completely buffered by the wine's ripe fruit. I sucked up my bottle of this elixir with great pleasure, but it has the stuffing for long aging.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 144

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Normal ruby with an attractive tea-leaf aroma. This wine does not seem forced or dry. Very sweet start and attractive balance and nuance. Very luscious and dense and fruity and gorgeous. I wanted to swallow it even though it was probably the 90th wine of the session! Not one of the sweetest but one of the better balanced. Very long and outstanding. Long.

Drink Dates: 2015-2026
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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

Average rating: 94, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

751 bottles owned by 102 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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