2008 Vieux Château Certan


12 in stock

Cellar Selection * Wine Enthusiast

ETA Summer 2021

Appellation: Pomerol

Ratings: DC-95  JS-94  WE-94  NM-93+  RP-93

Size: 750 ml

12 in stock


95  Decanter
“A cool and uneven summer led to a slow growing season, and those who picked too soon had angular tannins. This Pomerol property didn’t begin harvesting until the end of September, so no such problems here, where the wine is a triumph. The nose is exquisite, with ripe, elegant cherry and blackcurrant aromas that are lifted and pure. Although very concentrated, the palate is medium-bodied and graceful, with a fresh and taut structure. Fine acidity gives the wine nuance and exceptional length.” (9/2018)

94  James Suckling
“The aromas to this are so compelling with Maraschino cherries and sliced plums. So intense. It must come from the Cabernet Franc in the blend. It’s full-bodied and dense but in a reserved and refined style. Racy and beautiful. Reminds me of the wonderful 2001.” (12/2010)

94  Roger Voss for Wine Enthusiast
“In this dense wine, dusty tannins ride over spice and black currant fruits, giving weight and concentration while retaining the natural stylish character of the château.” *Cellar Selection* (4/2011)

93+  Neal Martin for Vinous
“The 2008 Vieux Château Certan has a timid bouquet at first and demands a lot of coaxing from the glass. I wonder if this is in the middle of a closed down phase? This VCC seems to leave all the action on the palate: filigree tannin, a silver bead of acidity, very pure and complex towards the finish with truffle and smoke infusing the red berry fruit. Wonderful persistence (as usual for VCC). Keep it for a few more years is what Alexandre Thienpont suggests and who am I to disagree.” (2/2018)

93  Robert Parker for Wine Advocate
“This is a beautiful wine, much more developed and evolved than the 2010, as one might expect, with perfumed notes of camphor, cedar, charcoal, herbs, and black and red fruits. A blend of 70% of Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has very complex aromatics, medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, a spicy, perfumed character, and light to moderate tannin. It can benefit from 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for two decades.” (5/2011)

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Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 3 × 3 × 13 in


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