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Tasting Notes

Tasting notes
Score 18/20 · FINE+RARE

From a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cab Franc (note, no Cab Sauv in the final blend this year). The 2011 VCC is incredibly light on its feet and it skips along brilliantly. Silky red and blue fruit, very vinous and full of energy. This really is a top class VCC.

Critic Scores

Critic scores
95
95/100

Average Score

19
19/20

Decanter

95
93-96/100

Wine Spectator

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19 points
Decanter
Score 19/20 · Decanter

The 'grand retour' of Cabernet Franc with 29% in the blend. Less opulence than 2009 and 2010 but this is a wine that really sings. It has a vital, floral, dark fruit nose, a silky texture and tannins. Succulent, fresh and long. A classic VCC. The Right Bank wine of the vintage. Drink 2020-2040. Decanter.com

93 - 96 points
Wine Spectator
Score 93-96/100 · Wine Spectator

This has a dark ganache and loamy profile that belies the vintage's lighter, fresher profile, and the wine cuts a broad swath but stays well-defined, with dense tobacco and fig on the finish. An impressive effort and an early challenger for one of the wines of the vintage. James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com

95 - 96 points
James Suckling
Score 95-96/100 · James Suckling

What a nose. Such beautiful aromas of Cabernet Franc here with licorice and tea and ark fruits. Wet earth too. Full body, with firm and racy tannins and a beautiful finish of chocolate and berries. Intense. Cashmere texture. 29% Cabernet Franc in this with the rest in Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Franc comes mostly from a parcel planted in 1958. jamessuckling.com

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The original Château at Vieux Château Certan dates back to around 1770 but the modern history of the estate begins in 1924 - the year that Belgian wine merchant Georges Thienpont purchased the property.

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