Alexandre Thienpont follows an organic approach for his wines to enhance the natural expression of the grapes and reduces technical intervention as much as possible. The wines of Vieux Château Certan have their own character and require a few years cellaring. They are perceived as some of the best from Pomerol.
“The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2011 Vieux Chateau Certan offers a beautiful bouquet of plums, black cherries, cassis and hints of graphite as well as spice, an excellent texture and medium body. A success in this difficult vintage, it should age easily for 10-15 years. Yet after the trilogy of great wines in 2008, 2009 and 2010, few consumers are likely to pay much attention to this 2011.” – 91pts Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, April 2013
“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.” – 96pts James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2014
French red wine from Pomerol in Bordeaux France, made with , Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Vieux Château Certan is located in the heart of Pomerol and covers 14 hectares of vineyards in one single block. The estate has been owned by the Thienpont familly for over 100 years and is run by Alexandre Thienpont today. Following an organic approach, Alexandre wants his wines to enhance the natural expression of the grapes and reduces technical intervention as much as possible. The wines of Vieux Château Certan have their own character and require a few years cellaring. They are perceived as some of the best from Pomerol. View our selection.
The 14 hectares of vines are planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with an average of 50 years old vines. The wines are matured for 18 to 22 months in 100 % new French oak barrels.
Two wines are produced; the grand vin Château Vieux Certan and the second wine La Gravette de Certan.