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Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol 2008
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Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol 2008

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The winter was mild and dry during the first two months of the year, followed by a relatively wet spring. After a mixed weather pattern during the summer, a cool, dry atmosphere, favouring a slow ripening of the grapes and the preservation of fruit aroma, allowed us to put back the picking dates until the end of September and beginning of October. The actual harvesting dates were from 28th September to 4th October. The final blend was 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. With excellent colour, fruit flavour, aromatic expression and texture, the 2008 showed very promising potential. The yield was around 34 hectolitres by hectare, which is a small crop. Today, after 13 months' ageing in new oak barrels, two-thirds of which were new, and after bottling in May 2010, the 2008 is coming through as a vintage with complexity and great length on the palate. This is a classic Vieux Château Certan; that is to say, very Cabernet Franc, just like the 2006.
Wine Enthusiast
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Cellar Selection. 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.

Roger Voss, April 1, 2011
Wine Advocate
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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.

Robert Parker, May 1, 2011
Wine Spectator
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This is classy, with a lush cashmere feel to the crushed plum, blueberry and blackberry fruit, all finely beaded with maduro tobacco, smoked apple wood and violet notes. The long finish shows even darker hints, with very suave length. Best from 2014 through 2021. 3,580 cases made.

James Molesworth, April 30, 2011