1992 Vieux Chateau Certan Vieux Chateau Certan Bordeaux Pomerol France Still wine

1992 Vieux Chateau Certan

Vieux Chateau Certan

79Average Score
flagBordeaux / France

Tasted in London, it had been many years since I have tasted the 1992 Vieux Chateau Certan, a Pomerol that I presumed would be well past its drinking date given previous experiences. Maybe not! For sure, if you have a penchant for blockbuster wines with explosive fruit, then don't come near this. It is green and leafy on the nose, diffuse perhaps, while the palate is underpinned by slightly harsh tannins and there is a lack of weight on the herbaceous finish. So how come this bottle was drunk to the bottom? Partly because over an hour it actually improved, losing some of its initial greenness, coalescing on the palate; in essence, this is a wine with severe limitations that determined to put on the best show it could. And perhaps that is why my score is much more generous than before. No, it's not the greatest Pomerol I will ever drink, but it fulfilled its raison d'etre - to be drunk. Tasted August 2015. Jul 2016, www.robertparker.com

Neal Martin    Score: 83/100

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