Château Vieux Château Certan

About Château Vieux Château Certan

Vieux Château Certan is one of Pomerol’s oldest and most exalted estates, having produced wine since at least the mid-1470s. Vieux Château Certan is regularly ranked by the world's press and international tasting panels among the very top wines of Bordeaux. A small estate by Bordeaux standards, this Pomerol estate has been considered one of the great producers in its appellation for a long time. One of the Thienpont stables, it can be considered a less flashy, elder sibling to the micro-cuvée estate Le Pin. For a wine which is often mentioned in the same breath as Petrus, the Grand Vin is surprisingly good value for money and the second wine, Gravette de Certan is very reasonable indeed.

Viniculture

Vieux Château Certan is an elegant Pomerol. It’s full-bodied, rich and offers ripe blackberry, plum, floral, chocolate and spice aromas. At its best, its texture is pure silk and velvet. The wine is effortless to drink, yet it’s complex and ages well. Yearly production is very small at only 4-5,000 cases per year, compared with about 25,000 cases by Lafite.  It is therefore rare to find full cases of mature vintages with good condition on the secondary market.  Mature vintages of well-scored Vieux Château Certain are great for both personal consumption or to hold as an investment.

The estate also produces a second wine - La Gravette de Certan - which is made of “younger” vines up to 25 years old.

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Prices: In Bond Inc. TAX
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €700.20
2006

La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)

Wine & Spirit Magazine (91)

The second wine of Vieux Château Certan, this is a fine 2006 Pomerol in its own right. It's a big wine, layered with scents of plums, violets, green spice and cherries. The tannins show a lot of extract but remain supple, their dark chocolate depth augmenting the fruit. It's a masculine style of Pomerol, the alcohol adding richness and fullness. For roast duck.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WSM) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €700.20
La Gravette de Certan 2016 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €936.90
2016

La Gravette de Certan 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Lovely finesse and clarity of ripe fruit, leather, spice and leaves on the nose and palate. Medium body, elegance and balance. It just floats on the palate. One of best ever of the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan. Drinkable now, but even better in 2023.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €936.90
Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,967.70
1967

Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
neutral wooden case / neck, provenance: french auction In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 - Inc. TAX: €1,967.70
Vieux Chateau Certan 2005 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,995.40
2005

Vieux Chateau Certan 2005 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

This begins with a sexy roasted fruit character on the nose, then opens up to hints of spice, chocolate, wet earth, and dried flowers. The palate is incredible, with a concentration that builds, and a finish that remains agile and racy. Very defined and beautiful wine with great length and freshness. This still needs some time in the bottle. Pull the cork in 2018.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,995.40
Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €3,995.40
2009

Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 7 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 5 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €3,995.40
Vieux Chateau Certan 2010 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €4,175.40
2010

Vieux Chateau Certan 2010 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2010 Vieux Château Certan is deep garnet in color, and—POW—the nose opens as a complete spice-bomb, featuring notes of fenugreek, cumin seed and cinnamon stick over a core of Black Forest cake, plum preserves and blueberry pie with hints of fragrant earth and crushed stones. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it is laden with layers of black and blue fruit preserves, framed by super plush tannins, finishing epically long and perfumed.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 3 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €4,175.40
Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,071.30
2011

Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

The aromas of this are so gorgeous, with blackberries, black cherries and wet earth. Full body with super-fine tannins and bright acidity. A firm, tightly structured young red with orange peel and other citrus fruit. This is so focused and straight. Try in 2018.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,071.30
Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,613.40
2013

Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

The 2013 Vieux Château Certan has plentiful fruit on the nose considering the vintage: raspberry coulis, crushed strawberry and a touch of blackcurrant pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied and while it might not rank with the greatest VCC's of recent years in terms of complexity, there is admirable depth and purity with a crisp, almost edgy finish that leaves you wanting another sip. This comes recommended for the vintage and I suspect it will give 12-15 years of drinking pleasure.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,613.40
Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,259.70
2017

Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96-98)

Composed of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Vieux Château Certan gives up gorgeous black raspberries, crushed black currants and warm black berries on the nose with chocolate-covered cherries, violets and star anise suggestions plus black truffles and wood smoke. The palate is medium to full-bodied with wonderful concentration in the mid-palate and firm, very finely pixelated tannins, with seamless freshness and fantastic length.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-98 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,259.70
Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €2,177.70
2018

Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99+)

The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
Delivery to Storage from 28 Jul 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €2,177.70
Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,847.70
2019

Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan slowly opens out to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of red roses, kirsch, black raspberries, violets and star anise over a powerful core of plum preserves, blueberry pie and boysenberries plus hints of cardamom, sandalwood and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly graceful, featuring tightly wound layers of crunchy blue and black fruits with tannins so ripe and finely grained, you really have to look for them. The acidity here is absolutely seamless, and the finish explodes into an array of mineral sparks. Be prepared to fall head over heals for this one.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,847.70
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €554.00
2006

La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)

Wine & Spirit Magazine (91)

The second wine of Vieux Château Certan, this is a fine 2006 Pomerol in its own right. It's a big wine, layered with scents of plums, violets, green spice and cherries. The tannins show a lot of extract but remain supple, their dark chocolate depth augmenting the fruit. It's a masculine style of Pomerol, the alcohol adding richness and fullness. For roast duck.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WSM) Read Review/Description In Bond: €554.00
La Gravette de Certan 2016 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €766.00
2016

La Gravette de Certan 2016 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (95)

Lovely finesse and clarity of ripe fruit, leather, spice and leaves on the nose and palate. Medium body, elegance and balance. It just floats on the palate. One of best ever of the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan. Drinkable now, but even better in 2023.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €766.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,625.00
1967

Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
neutral wooden case / neck, provenance: french auction In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: €1,625.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2005 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €3,300.00
2005

Vieux Chateau Certan 2005 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (97)

This begins with a sexy roasted fruit character on the nose, then opens up to hints of spice, chocolate, wet earth, and dried flowers. The palate is incredible, with a concentration that builds, and a finish that remains agile and racy. Very defined and beautiful wine with great length and freshness. This still needs some time in the bottle. Pull the cork in 2018.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,300.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €3,300.00
2009

Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (12x75cl)

James Suckling (100)

This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020.
Delivery to Storage from 7 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 5 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,300.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2010 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €3,450.00
2010

Vieux Chateau Certan 2010 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (100)

The 2010 Vieux Château Certan is deep garnet in color, and—POW—the nose opens as a complete spice-bomb, featuring notes of fenugreek, cumin seed and cinnamon stick over a core of Black Forest cake, plum preserves and blueberry pie with hints of fragrant earth and crushed stones. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, it is laden with layers of black and blue fruit preserves, framed by super plush tannins, finishing epically long and perfumed.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 3 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €3,450.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €878.00
2011

Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (96)

The aromas of this are so gorgeous, with blackberries, black cherries and wet earth. Full body with super-fine tannins and bright acidity. A firm, tightly structured young red with orange peel and other citrus fruit. This is so focused and straight. Try in 2018.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €878.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €1,315.00
2013

Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

The 2013 Vieux Château Certan has plentiful fruit on the nose considering the vintage: raspberry coulis, crushed strawberry and a touch of blackcurrant pastilles. The palate is medium-bodied and while it might not rank with the greatest VCC's of recent years in terms of complexity, there is admirable depth and purity with a crisp, almost edgy finish that leaves you wanting another sip. This comes recommended for the vintage and I suspect it will give 12-15 years of drinking pleasure.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,315.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,035.00
2017

Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (96-98)

Composed of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Vieux Château Certan gives up gorgeous black raspberries, crushed black currants and warm black berries on the nose with chocolate-covered cherries, violets and star anise suggestions plus black truffles and wood smoke. The palate is medium to full-bodied with wonderful concentration in the mid-palate and firm, very finely pixelated tannins, with seamless freshness and fantastic length.
In Stock in Cru LCB

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 96-98 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,035.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,800.00
2018

Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (99+)

The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
Delivery to Storage from 28 Jul 2021

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,800.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €1,525.00
2019

Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97-100)

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan slowly opens out to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of red roses, kirsch, black raspberries, violets and star anise over a powerful core of plum preserves, blueberry pie and boysenberries plus hints of cardamom, sandalwood and Ceylon tea. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is achingly graceful, featuring tightly wound layers of crunchy blue and black fruits with tannins so ripe and finely grained, you really have to look for them. The acidity here is absolutely seamless, and the finish explodes into an array of mineral sparks. Be prepared to fall head over heals for this one.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,525.00

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