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INFORMATION OF INTEREST Chateau Certan 2010
Colour: The colour is a nice red: clean and intense.
Aroma: The bouquet is very typical, elegant style with morenuances from Médoc than most of wines from this side of the river (for its high presence of cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon). On the nose it has intense notes of wood, very well integrated into the wine.
Taste: Also in mouth this Pomerol is austere and structured, rich in ripe fruit: however still quite closed, its able to reveals the whole structure. This wine is very well done, with great balance in the set, partly thanks to the hand of Alexandre Thienpont, since varieties are vinified separately and yet the final assembly shows great mastery in the art of winemaking.
His great balance allows being served with the more classics sirloin to the most complex meat dishes and stews.
This former estate cereal, made into wine estate in XVIII century, is the oldest Pomerol cru of which are known. The vineyard is located in a gravel soil with ferrous clay subsoil.
Acquired in 1924 by Georges Thienpont, then wine merchant in Etikhove (Belgium), is now run by his heirs. The production is about 60,000 bottles a year, but the company also produces a second wine, La Gavette de Certan. The planting, 13.5 hectares of vines averaging 35 years, is 50% of merlot, cabernet franc in a 25%, cabernet sauvignon in a20% and a 5% of malbec, proportions rather unusual for a Pomerol wine.
The diversity of varieties gives the wine a character quite tannic and structured, especially for its youth. It is therefore a cru less fascinating than others of Pomerol. It could be fully appreciated only after a rather prolonged ageing from 10 to 15 years, to be able in a future to compete with its famous neighbour Pétrus.