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Score 98-99/100 · James Suckling

The balance and finesse to this wine are really beautiful with ultra-fine tannins and beautiful fruit. It’s full and structured yet so long and intense. It’s a wine that seduces you with every sip — already. Great selection here. Quite simply turbocharged at the end. Mar 2017, www.jamessuckling.com

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James Suckling

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97 - 99 points
Wine Enthusiast
Score 97-99/100 · Wine Enthusiast

A higher proportion of Merlot than usual in the blend has given this fine wine its sumptuous character. In contrast, it has a classically perfumed character and fine black-cherry fruit. It is structured, with a firm base of generous tannins. Beautifully balanced, it is obviously for the long haul. Apr 2017, Roger Voss, www.wineenthusiast.com

19 points
Jancis Robinson MW
Score 19/20 · Jancis Robinson MW

85% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sumptuous nose. Great lift. Real race and dancing stuff. Good structure and line. Nothing sweet or fleshy about this but lovely ripeness and nobility. Amazing persistence and elegance in claret mode. Apr 2017, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2025-2045

97 - 100 points
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Score 97-100/100 · Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2016 Vieux Château Certan is a wine of extraordinary beauty. Rich, seamless and voluptuous in the glass, it exudes sensuality in all of its dimensions. Tasted as a hypothetical blend, the 2016 is less expressive than the separate lots were when I tasted them a few months ago. A rush of dark cherry, inky blue/purplish fruit, crushed rocks, lavender and rose petal infuses the creamy, voluptuous finish. The 2016 manages to be dense and rich, but with no excess weight. It is quite simply a remarkable wine. Apr 2017, www.vinous.com

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Vieux Château Certan 1:1
Vieux Chateau Certan

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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