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    Château Vieux Château Certan

    About Château Vieux Château Certan

    Vieux Château Certan is one of Pomerol’s oldest and most exalted estates, having produced wine since at least the mid-1470s. Vieux Château Certan is regularly ranked by the world's press and international tasting panels among the very top wines of Bordeaux. A small estate by Bordeaux standards, this Pomerol estate has been considered one of the great producers in its appellation for a long time. One of the Thienpont stables, it can be considered a less flashy, elder sibling to the micro-cuvée estate Le Pin. For a wine which is often mentioned in the same breath as Petrus, the Grand Vin is surprisingly good value for money and the second wine, Gravette de Certan is very reasonable indeed.

    Viniculture

    Vieux Château Certan is an elegant Pomerol. It’s full-bodied, rich and offers ripe blackberry, plum, floral, chocolate and spice aromas. At its best, its texture is pure silk and velvet. The wine is effortless to drink, yet it’s complex and ages well. Yearly production is very small at only 4-5,000 cases per year, compared with about 25,000 cases by Lafite.  It is therefore rare to find full cases of mature vintages with good condition on the secondary market.  Mature vintages of well-scored Vieux Château Certain are great for both personal consumption or to hold as an investment.

    The estate also produces a second wine - La Gravette de Certan - which is made of “younger” vines up to 25 years old.

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    28 Products

    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £604.54
    2006

    La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)

    Wine & Spirit Magazine (91)

    The second wine of Vieux Château Certan, this is a fine 2006 Pomerol in its own right. It's a big wine, layered with scents of plums, violets, green spice and cherries. The tannins show a lot of extract but remain supple, their dark chocolate depth augmenting the fruit. It's a masculine style of Pomerol, the alcohol adding richness and fullness. For roast duck.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WSM) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £604.54
    La Gravette de Certan 2016 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £833.74
    2016

    La Gravette de Certan 2016 (12x75cl)

    James Suckling (95)

    Lovely finesse and clarity of ripe fruit, leather, spice and leaves on the nose and palate. Medium body, elegance and balance. It just floats on the palate. One of best ever of the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan. Drinkable now, but even better in 2023.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 20 95 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £833.74
    La Gravette de Certan 2019 (3x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £407.27
    2019

    La Gravette de Certan 2019 (3x150cl)

    Decanter (94)

    Lovely soft spicing on the nose, liquorice touches and bramble fruits - gorgeous aromatics on show. Excellent clarity on the palate, this has a silky smooth texture with bright fruit flavours. Extremely youthful and brimming with energy. Fruit forward with cherry and cherry stone nuances. Really quite playful in the best way with charming fragrant touches from start to finish, - 2019 was the 'year of perfume' according to Alexandre Thienpont. So much to like here.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 4 94 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £407.27
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1937 (2x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £4,206.55
    1937

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1937 (2x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 2x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £4,206.55
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,696.07
    1967

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
    neutral wooden case / neck, provenance: french auction 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 - Inc. VAT: £1,696.07
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1970 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £269.08
    1970

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1970 (1x75cl)
    as per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x75cl 4 - Inc. VAT: £269.08
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1982 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £5,324.40
    1982

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1982 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    Not yet fully mature, this wine reveals some amber at the edge as well as a complex, intoxicating nose of cedar, licorice, spice box, black currants, and cherries. While medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, and beautiful concentration, it appears to me that more recent vintages are stronger and denser than the 1982. Nevertheless, it is a beauty that can be drunk now and over the next 15-16 years. Release price: ($175.00/case)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £5,324.40
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,842.40
    1990

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (92)

    The 1990 Vieux Château Certan is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, although it does not quite possess the charm of the 1989. There is more primary fruit here than the previous vintage: black cherries, iodine and boysenberry, mingling with clove and tarry aromas that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is similar depth here to the 1989 and yet the finish does not quite deliver the same delineation, although that cheeky dab of kirsch is pure delight. This is a great VCC, although I did notice that over a period of an hour, it fails to keep pace with the ever-meliorating 1989. Tasted January 2016.
    OWC - Condition as per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,842.40
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £376.80
    1990

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (1x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (92)

    The 1990 Vieux Château Certan is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, although it does not quite possess the charm of the 1989. There is more primary fruit here than the previous vintage: black cherries, iodine and boysenberry, mingling with clove and tarry aromas that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is similar depth here to the 1989 and yet the finish does not quite deliver the same delineation, although that cheeky dab of kirsch is pure delight. This is a great VCC, although I did notice that over a period of an hour, it fails to keep pace with the ever-meliorating 1989. Tasted January 2016.
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x75cl 5 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £376.80
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998 (1x500cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,254.66
    1998

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998 (1x500cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    This is obviously one of Alexandre Thienpont’s favourite vintages under his tenure (so far) – no wonder he was disappointed when I told him the bottle was tainted. Sipped from another glass, this is patently developing a precocious bouquet brimming with cassis, blueberry and violet scents, spilling over the top of the glass. The palate is concentrated, silky smooth, viscous, almost opulent in style with a slightly lower level of acidity than I expected. A ravishing, Reubenesque finish, this is a decadent VCC that is turning out to be a generous wine. Drink 2012-2035+.
    As per photos ,1228948 - NOT SIB: Repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x500cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,254.66
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2006 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,632.54
    2006

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2006 (12x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (95-100)

    This has a beautiful core of berry, coffee and chocolate fruit. Full yet very balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Extremely well made, with everything in proportion. Makes you want to drink it now. I haven't found many wines like this. 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc. Score range: 95-100
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,632.54
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,674.07
    2009

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (100)

    This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,674.07
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,943.74
    2011

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (12x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 4 96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,943.74
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £521.64
    2011

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £521.64
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £886.07
    2011

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    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.
    5 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 96 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £886.07
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,439.74
    2013

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni (90-93)

    The 2013 Vieux Chateau Certan is a wine of extraordinary finesse and elegance. Blue and purplish-toned fruits, violets, lavender, sweet spices and mint are woven together in a fabric of stunning beauty. The 2013 is translucent, weightless and simply impeccable throughout. Clearly, the structure is that of an average year, but the sheer beauty is that of a superb site. There is so much to like here.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90-93 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,439.74
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2014 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,162.07
    2014

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni (97+)

    One of the unquestioned stars of the vintage, the 2014 Vieux Château Certan soars out of the glass with aromatic intensity, bright acids and finely sculpted fruit. Cool, intense but very much reserved in the style of the year, the 2014 exudes class. The flavors are intense and vibrant throughout. Dark red and purplish-hued stone fruit, lavender, mint and spice lead into the striking finish. The 2014 is just as impressive today as it was from barrel. As always, Vieux Certan has the rare ability to confer power without excess weight. The 2014 is a magical bottle. Readers who can find it should not hesitate. The blend is back to classic proportions of 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet Franc.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97+ (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,162.07
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2015 (12x75cl)
    £4,016.14
    Inc. VAT: £4,016.14
    2015

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2015 (12x75cl)

    The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

    Cherry blossoms, licorice, truffle, licorice, cherry liqueur and cocoa have no trouble getting noticed. But it is the voluptuous, decadent, opulent, unctuous mouth feel, with its velvet textures and 60 second finish that steals the show. A candidate for wine of the vintage, this is a future legend in the making.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 months

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 8 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description £4,016.14
    Inc. VAT: £4,016.14
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2016 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £498.28
    2016

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2016 (1x75cl)

    Vinous (AG) (100)

    I have been fortunate to follow the 2016 Vieux Château Certan almost from the beginning, starting with a tasting of several lots from barrel in early January 2017, in which Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont showed me the wines in a sequence arranged by the year of planting of various parcels. Even then, it was clear, the 2016 had the potential to be a majestic wine. Now, from bottle, it is every bit as captivating as early tastings suggested it would be. Sweet red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal and spice infuse this exquisitely beautiful, layered Pomerol. Alexandre Thienpont adds that the harvest was saved by September rains that gave the parched vines just enough water to restore some of the balance that had been lost earlier in the season. Put simply, the 2016 VCC has it all.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x75cl 5 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £498.28
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x150cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,369.67
    2017

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x150cl)

    Wine Spectator (98)

    This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea, warm fruitcake and mineral. A step ahead of the pack in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2040.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 3 98 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,369.67
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,170.24
    2017

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (98)

    This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea, warm fruitcake and mineral. A step ahead of the pack in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2040.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    6-8 months

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,170.24
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,267.67
    2017

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (98)

    This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea, warm fruitcake and mineral. A step ahead of the pack in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2040.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (WS) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,267.67
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (3x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £997.44
    2018

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99+)

    The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £997.44
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)
    £1,786.07
    Inc. VAT: £1,786.07
    2018

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99+)

    The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 months

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description £1,786.07
    Inc. VAT: £1,786.07
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £2,047.67
    2019

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan unfurls in the glass with a striking bouquet of cassis and cherries mingled with notions of violets, loamy soil, sweet spices and incense. Full-bodied, ample and layered, it's seamless and enveloping, with a fleshy core of beautifully vibrant fruit, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins. Concluding with a long, resonant finish, this perfumed, sensual Vieux Château Certan is a remarkable achievement from Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £2,047.67
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2020 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £1,885.07
    2020

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2020 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (98-100)

    The 2020 Vieux Château Certan is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked on the 14th to the 24th of September for the Merlot, then on the 28th and 29th of September for the Cabernet Franc. The pH is 3.77 and the alcohol is 14.5%. Deep purple-black colored, it needs considerable coaxing, swirling and a lot of patience before it finally lets rip an intoxicating perfume of ripe, juicy black plums, Morello cherries, candied violets, black truffles and crushed rocks, giving way to hints of black tea, molten licorice and Sichuan pepper, plus a waft of dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers achingly ripe, silt-like tannins and shimmering freshness that melds with the black fruits and earthy layers with jaw-dropping seamlessness, finishing with layer upon layer of mineral and savory suggestions and, finally, a gorgeous floral whisper. There are going to be two ways to approach this: 1) Just let the remarkably sensual, inexplicable beauty of it wash over you or 2) Try to unravel all those intricate layers and have it blow you mind. Either way, this is simply an incredible achievement—bravo Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont!
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,885.07
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (3x75cl)

    £700 - £840

    2021

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (AG) (96-98)

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan is a spectacular tour de force from Alexander and Guillaume Thienpont. What a wine. Vibrant and magnificent in its precision, the 2021 races across the palate, revealing seemingly endless layers of nuance over time. Dark blue/purplish fruit, cinnamon, new leather, graphite, lavender and crushed rocks all build effortlessly. The Cabernets are dialed up in 2021 and that comes through in the wine's flavor profile and overall feel. The purity of the flavors is just mind-bending. Harvest took place between September 25 and October 4. The blend is 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who can find the 2021 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical.

    Bordeaux 3x75cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

    £700 - £840

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (6x75cl)

    £1,433 - £1,719

    2021

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (AG) (96-98)

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan is a spectacular tour de force from Alexander and Guillaume Thienpont. What a wine. Vibrant and magnificent in its precision, the 2021 races across the palate, revealing seemingly endless layers of nuance over time. Dark blue/purplish fruit, cinnamon, new leather, graphite, lavender and crushed rocks all build effortlessly. The Cabernets are dialed up in 2021 and that comes through in the wine's flavor profile and overall feel. The purity of the flavors is just mind-bending. Harvest took place between September 25 and October 4. The blend is 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who can find the 2021 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical.

    Bordeaux 6x75cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

    £1,433 - £1,719

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £477.00
    2006

    La Gravette de Certan 2006 (12x75cl)

    Wine & Spirit Magazine (91)

    The second wine of Vieux Château Certan, this is a fine 2006 Pomerol in its own right. It's a big wine, layered with scents of plums, violets, green spice and cherries. The tannins show a lot of extract but remain supple, their dark chocolate depth augmenting the fruit. It's a masculine style of Pomerol, the alcohol adding richness and fullness. For roast duck.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 91 (WSM) Read Review/Description In Bond: £477.00
    La Gravette de Certan 2016 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £668.00
    2016

    La Gravette de Certan 2016 (12x75cl)

    James Suckling (95)

    Lovely finesse and clarity of ripe fruit, leather, spice and leaves on the nose and palate. Medium body, elegance and balance. It just floats on the palate. One of best ever of the second wine of Vieux Chateau Certan. Drinkable now, but even better in 2023.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 20 95 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £668.00
    La Gravette de Certan 2019 (3x150cl)
    In Bond: £326.00
    2019

    La Gravette de Certan 2019 (3x150cl)

    Decanter (94)

    Lovely soft spicing on the nose, liquorice touches and bramble fruits - gorgeous aromatics on show. Excellent clarity on the palate, this has a silky smooth texture with bright fruit flavours. Extremely youthful and brimming with energy. Fruit forward with cherry and cherry stone nuances. Really quite playful in the best way with charming fragrant touches from start to finish, - 2019 was the 'year of perfume' according to Alexandre Thienpont. So much to like here.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 4 94 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £326.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1937 (2x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,501.00
    1937

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1937 (2x75cl)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 2x75cl 1 - In Bond: £3,501.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,400.00
    1967

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1967 (6x75cl)
    neutral wooden case / neck, provenance: french auction 1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 - In Bond: £1,400.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1970 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £222.00
    1970

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1970 (1x75cl)
    as per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x75cl 4 - In Bond: £222.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1982 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £5,324.40
    1982

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1982 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (93)

    Not yet fully mature, this wine reveals some amber at the edge as well as a complex, intoxicating nose of cedar, licorice, spice box, black currants, and cherries. While medium to full-bodied with sweet tannins, and beautiful concentration, it appears to me that more recent vintages are stronger and denser than the 1982. Nevertheless, it is a beauty that can be drunk now and over the next 15-16 years. Release price: ($175.00/case)
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 93 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £5,324.40
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £3,842.40
    1990

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (92)

    The 1990 Vieux Château Certan is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, although it does not quite possess the charm of the 1989. There is more primary fruit here than the previous vintage: black cherries, iodine and boysenberry, mingling with clove and tarry aromas that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is similar depth here to the 1989 and yet the finish does not quite deliver the same delineation, although that cheeky dab of kirsch is pure delight. This is a great VCC, although I did notice that over a period of an hour, it fails to keep pace with the ever-meliorating 1989. Tasted January 2016.
    OWC - Condition as per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £3,842.40
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (1x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £376.80
    1990

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1990 (1x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (92)

    The 1990 Vieux Château Certan is drinking exceptionally well at the moment, although it does not quite possess the charm of the 1989. There is more primary fruit here than the previous vintage: black cherries, iodine and boysenberry, mingling with clove and tarry aromas that emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is similar depth here to the 1989 and yet the finish does not quite deliver the same delineation, although that cheeky dab of kirsch is pure delight. This is a great VCC, although I did notice that over a period of an hour, it fails to keep pace with the ever-meliorating 1989. Tasted January 2016.
    As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x75cl 5 92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £376.80
    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998 (1x500cl)
    In Bond: £1,864.00
    1998

    Vieux Chateau Certan 1998 (1x500cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    This is obviously one of Alexandre Thienpont’s favourite vintages under his tenure (so far) – no wonder he was disappointed when I told him the bottle was tainted. Sipped from another glass, this is patently developing a precocious bouquet brimming with cassis, blueberry and violet scents, spilling over the top of the glass. The palate is concentrated, silky smooth, viscous, almost opulent in style with a slightly lower level of acidity than I expected. A ravishing, Reubenesque finish, this is a decadent VCC that is turning out to be a generous wine. Drink 2012-2035+.
    As per photos ,1228948 - NOT SIB: Repack Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x500cl 1 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,864.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2006 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,167.00
    2006

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2006 (12x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (95-100)

    This has a beautiful core of berry, coffee and chocolate fruit. Full yet very balanced, with a velvety mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Extremely well made, with everything in proportion. Makes you want to drink it now. I haven't found many wines like this. 75 percent Merlot and 25 percent Cabernet Franc. Score range: 95-100
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 95-100 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,167.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £2,215.00
    2009

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2009 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (100)

    This is a wine that had extreme intensity of electrifying tannins and acidity, with supercharged fruit. Full-bodied, yet agile and lively. It touches every taste bud on your palate. Chocolate mousse and fruit. I am lost for words. Legendary 1950 all over again. Try it in 2020.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £2,215.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,593.00
    2011

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (12x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 4 96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,593.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £428.00
    2011

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (3x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    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.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £428.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £725.00
    2011

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2011 (6x75cl)

    James Suckling (96)

    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.
    5 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 5 96 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £725.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,173.00
    2013

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2013 (12x75cl)

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni (90-93)

    The 2013 Vieux Chateau Certan is a wine of extraordinary finesse and elegance. Blue and purplish-toned fruits, violets, lavender, sweet spices and mint are woven together in a fabric of stunning beauty. The 2013 is translucent, weightless and simply impeccable throughout. Clearly, the structure is that of an average year, but the sheer beauty is that of a superb site. There is so much to like here.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 90-93 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,173.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2014 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £955.00
    2014

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2014 (6x75cl)

    Vinous - Antonio Galloni (97+)

    One of the unquestioned stars of the vintage, the 2014 Vieux Château Certan soars out of the glass with aromatic intensity, bright acids and finely sculpted fruit. Cool, intense but very much reserved in the style of the year, the 2014 exudes class. The flavors are intense and vibrant throughout. Dark red and purplish-hued stone fruit, lavender, mint and spice lead into the striking finish. The 2014 is just as impressive today as it was from barrel. As always, Vieux Certan has the rare ability to confer power without excess weight. The 2014 is a magical bottle. Readers who can find it should not hesitate. The blend is back to classic proportions of 80 % Merlot and 20 % Cabernet Franc.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97+ (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £955.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2015 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £3,320.00
    2015

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2015 (12x75cl)

    The Wine Cellar Insider (100)

    Cherry blossoms, licorice, truffle, licorice, cherry liqueur and cocoa have no trouble getting noticed. But it is the voluptuous, decadent, opulent, unctuous mouth feel, with its velvet textures and 60 second finish that steals the show. A candidate for wine of the vintage, this is a future legend in the making.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 months

    Bordeaux 12x75cl 8 100 (WCI) Read Review/Description In Bond: £3,320.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2016 (1x75cl)
    In Bond: £413.00
    2016

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2016 (1x75cl)

    Vinous (AG) (100)

    I have been fortunate to follow the 2016 Vieux Château Certan almost from the beginning, starting with a tasting of several lots from barrel in early January 2017, in which Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont showed me the wines in a sequence arranged by the year of planting of various parcels. Even then, it was clear, the 2016 had the potential to be a majestic wine. Now, from bottle, it is every bit as captivating as early tastings suggested it would be. Sweet red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, rose petal and spice infuse this exquisitely beautiful, layered Pomerol. Alexandre Thienpont adds that the harvest was saved by September rains that gave the parched vines just enough water to restore some of the balance that had been lost earlier in the season. Put simply, the 2016 VCC has it all.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 1x75cl 5 100 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description In Bond: £413.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x150cl)
    In Bond: £1,128.00
    2017

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x150cl)

    Wine Spectator (98)

    This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea, warm fruitcake and mineral. A step ahead of the pack in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2040.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 3x150cl 3 98 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,128.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £968.50
    2017

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (3x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (98)

    This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea, warm fruitcake and mineral. A step ahead of the pack in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2040.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    6-8 months

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 98 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £968.50
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,043.00
    2017

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2017 (6x75cl)

    Wine Spectator (98)

    This delivers a terrific rush of raspberry ganache and steeped plum fruit that holds center stage throughout, flanked by singed apple wood and dried anise notes and backed on the finish by hints of Lapsang souchong tea, warm fruitcake and mineral. A step ahead of the pack in this vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2022 through 2040.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98 (WS) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,043.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (3x75cl)
    In Bond: £824.50
    2018

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (3x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99+)

    The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
    In Stock in France

    Bordeaux 3x75cl 1 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £824.50
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,475.00
    2018

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (99+)

    The 2018 Vieux Château Certan is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with 14.4% alcohol and an IPT (total polyphenol index) of 77. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is locked down tight at this youthful stage, requiring a lot of patient swirling to release a profound powerhouse of a perfume: preserved plums, blueberry compote, ripe black cherries and boysenberries, leading to suggestions of Indian spices, lilacs, espresso and licorice, plus a waft of sandalwood. The medium to full-bodied palate has an amazing sense of cohesiveness. There are no edges to the seamless flow of exquisitely fine-grained tannins and perfectly knit acidity, beautifully framing the blue and black fruits, which are at once elegant and also so, so rich. It finishes with many slowly lapping waves of minerals and exotic spices, which just go on and on. It is a wine that is, simply put, an experience not to be missed. Give it a good 6-8 years in the cellar and drink it over the next 30 years or more.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 months

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 99+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,475.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,693.00
    2019

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (100)

    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2019 Vieux Château Certan unfurls in the glass with a striking bouquet of cassis and cherries mingled with notions of violets, loamy soil, sweet spices and incense. Full-bodied, ample and layered, it's seamless and enveloping, with a fleshy core of beautifully vibrant fruit, lively acids and ripe, powdery tannins. Concluding with a long, resonant finish, this perfumed, sensual Vieux Château Certan is a remarkable achievement from Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,693.00
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2020 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £1,557.50
    2020

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2020 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (98-100)

    The 2020 Vieux Château Certan is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked on the 14th to the 24th of September for the Merlot, then on the 28th and 29th of September for the Cabernet Franc. The pH is 3.77 and the alcohol is 14.5%. Deep purple-black colored, it needs considerable coaxing, swirling and a lot of patience before it finally lets rip an intoxicating perfume of ripe, juicy black plums, Morello cherries, candied violets, black truffles and crushed rocks, giving way to hints of black tea, molten licorice and Sichuan pepper, plus a waft of dusty red soil. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers achingly ripe, silt-like tannins and shimmering freshness that melds with the black fruits and earthy layers with jaw-dropping seamlessness, finishing with layer upon layer of mineral and savory suggestions and, finally, a gorgeous floral whisper. There are going to be two ways to approach this: 1) Just let the remarkably sensual, inexplicable beauty of it wash over you or 2) Try to unravel all those intricate layers and have it blow you mind. Either way, this is simply an incredible achievement—bravo Alexandre and Guillaume Thienpont!
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    +1 year

    Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 98-100 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £1,557.50
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (3x75cl)

    £700 - £840

    2021

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (3x75cl)

    Vinous (AG) (96-98)

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan is a spectacular tour de force from Alexander and Guillaume Thienpont. What a wine. Vibrant and magnificent in its precision, the 2021 races across the palate, revealing seemingly endless layers of nuance over time. Dark blue/purplish fruit, cinnamon, new leather, graphite, lavender and crushed rocks all build effortlessly. The Cabernets are dialed up in 2021 and that comes through in the wine's flavor profile and overall feel. The purity of the flavors is just mind-bending. Harvest took place between September 25 and October 4. The blend is 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who can find the 2021 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical.

    Bordeaux 3x75cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

    £700 - £840

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later
    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (6x75cl)

    £1,433 - £1,719

    2021

    Vieux Chateau Certan 2021 (6x75cl)

    Vinous (AG) (96-98)

    The 2021 Vieux Château Certan is a spectacular tour de force from Alexander and Guillaume Thienpont. What a wine. Vibrant and magnificent in its precision, the 2021 races across the palate, revealing seemingly endless layers of nuance over time. Dark blue/purplish fruit, cinnamon, new leather, graphite, lavender and crushed rocks all build effortlessly. The Cabernets are dialed up in 2021 and that comes through in the wine's flavor profile and overall feel. The purity of the flavors is just mind-bending. Harvest took place between September 25 and October 4. The blend is 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Readers who can find the 2021 should not hesitate, as it is truly magical.

    Bordeaux 6x75cl - 96-98 (VN (AG)) Read Review/Description

    £1,433 - £1,719

    If a product is only available on pre-order then the suggested prices are to be used as a guide, and are based on release prices from previous years. The final release price will be confirmed later

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