2014 Vieux Chateau Certan



Scored at a massive 97+ points by Galloni, the 2014 from Pomerol’s Vieux Chateau Certan is his single highest scoring wine of the vintage. He advises that his readers “should not hesitate” to buy some.

 

It’s a staggering achievement for VCC that placed them above its rivals from the Right-Bank, Le Pin, Petrus, Ausone and Cheval Blanc included as well as above all five of the Left-Bank first-growth estates in Galloni's report. A wine that “exudes class” from one of the most consistently impressive estates in Pomerol, Vieux Chateau Certan really have done everything right in crafting this 2014.

 

Galloni isn’t alone in loving it, Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate scored at 95-97 from barrel (higher than Galloni’s in barrel 93-96+) and called it potentially one of “the best wines of the vintage.” Further indication, if needed, that this is indeed something special.

 

With Galloni seeing this as “open and expressive… a total joy to taste” already, but with a drinking window stretching out to 2054, this is a perfect wine for both the cellar and drinker.

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Average critic rating : 96.38 points

97

97

One of the unquestioned stars of the vintage, the 2014 Vieux Château Certan soars out of the glass with aromatic intensity, bright acids and finely sculpted fruit. Cool, intense but very much reserved in the style of the year, the 2014 exudes class. The flavors are intense and vibrant throughout. Dark red and purplish-hued stone fruit, lavender, mint and spice lead into the striking finish. The 2014 is just as impressive today as it was from barrel. As always, Vieux Certan has the rare ability to confer power without excess weight. The 2014 is a magical bottle. Readers who can find it should not hesitate. The blend is back to classic proportions of 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet Franc. Feb 2017, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2024-2054

95-97

95-97

The Vieux Château Certan 2014 is a blend of 80% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Franc, picked in three stages: 19-20 September, 29 September to 2 October and 7 and 8 October. The yields came in at 38.7 hectoliters per hectare with 13.4% alcohol. Noticeably deep and clear in color, the nose takes time to “rev up” but stick with it because it eventually reveals exquisite pure blackberry and briary scents. It is not a powerful set of aromatics but they are so finely tuned and pretty. The palate is one of the best you will find this vintage: very precise and focused, here the intensity delivered by that Cabernet Franc, complex and cerebral like the best VCC’s. Truffle, blackberry, woodland aromas waft temptingly from the glass and there is the perfect balance of sweetness and reserve to beg another sip. Alexandre and his son, Guillaume Thienpont may have overseen the best wine of the vintage. eRobertParker.com.April, 2015

97

97

This is so gorgeous with black truffles, stones and subtle blackberries. Black mushrooms, too. Full-bodied, so dense and deep with very silky tannins and an endless finish. The density of fruit is superb. Truly irresistible. Drink in 2022 but already wonderful to drink. Feb 2017, www.jamessuckling.com

94-97

94-97

Reserved in terms of aroma, but shows beautiful mouthfeel and depth, with pure cassis, blueberry and plum fruit that glides along, laced with a lively tobacco leaf note and backed by a sanguine twinge. Ample singed vanilla and alder accents chime in as well, but they stay in the background while the fruit plays out. Tasted non-blind.—J.M. Wine Spectator, April 2015.



Graphs indicate market price trends as calculated by FINE+RARE’s internal market making system and are for guidance only. E&OE.

Chart showing (to 21/02/2017) market price for 12x75cl standard case:

Vieux Chateau Certan 2014
+£431.17     (+43.12%) Latest price:  £1,431.17
Vieux Chateau Certan 2008
+£593.00     (+130.04%) Latest price:  £1,049.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2004
+£589.00     (+130.89%) Latest price:  £1,039.00
Vieux Chateau Certan 2001
+£648.00     (+118.03%) Latest price:  £1,197.00
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