Bid on this bottle of 2005 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol (97JS, 95JG, 95RP, 95WS, 92VN). James Suckling: "This begins with a sexy roasted fruit character on the nose, then opens up to hints of spice, chocolate, wet earth, and dried flowers. The palate is incredible, with a concentration that builds, and a finish that remains agile and racy. Very defined and beautiful wine with great length and freshness. This still needs some time in the bottle. Pull the cork in 2018." (05/2012)
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2005 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol (qty: 1)
This begins with a sexy roasted fruit character on the nose, then opens up to hints of spice, chocolate, wet earth, and dried flowers. The palate is incredible, with a concentration that builds, and a finish that remains agile and racy. Very defined and beautiful wine with great length and freshness. This still needs some time in the bottle. Pull the cork in 2018.
The 2005 Vieux Château Certan is still a very young wine, even out of half bottle, but its ultimate quality is very, very clear and all that is needed is more time in the cellar. The pure and primary bouquet jumps from the glass in a fine blend of black cherries, plums, Cuban cigar wrapper, gravel, espresso and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent soil signature, lovely focus and balance, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a very long, poised and tangy finish. Like so many of the very top 2005 Bordeaux, this is a long distance runner and is still in need of extended cellaring before it will start to stir. Drink between 2032-2100.
A stunning effort from Alexander Thienpont, the 2005 Vieux Chateau Certan (a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) reveals an inky/blue/purple color along with a rich, sumptuous perfume of black olives, lavender, roasted herbs, licorice, pain grille, and oodles of truffles as well as creme de cassis. In the mouth, hints of chocolate and charcoal also make an appearance along with good acidity, fabulous purity, and a full-bodied, powerful mouthfeel. In keeping with the style of this terroir, the wine is reserved and restrained, but deep. It should develop magnificently, and age for 30-40 years. (RP)
Sleek and refined, without the obvious tannic spine of the vintage, but loaded with smoldering tobacco, bay leaf and alder notes, melded fully with the core of black currant and blackberry fruit. The structure is defined by length and cut rather than sheer force.—Blind '01/'03/'05 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2017). Drink now through 2035. (JM, Web Only-2018)
Bright ruby-red. Very closed nose hints at licorice and nutty oak. Sweet and broad in the mouth, with a chocolatey ripeness but less energy and grip than the 2006. This is more mouthfilling, and more sexy today in the middle palate, but may ultimately be less complex. Or is it just more reserved today? Finishes with substantial tannins that call for at least several years of aging. (ST) 92+