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2016 Vieux-Château-Certan, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival) SKU #1299463

Price: $399.99

JD 100 RP 100 VN 100
JS 99 WE 98 DC 97
WS 97
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K&L Notes

100 points Neal Martin for Vinous: "The 2016 Vieux Château Certan is the first vintage to be entirely bottled by the estate’s own bottling machine (just in case that ever comes up in a wine quiz). Alexandre Thienpont mentioned that he assiduously left out the stressed vines, and he places this above his more hedonistic 2015. The wine takes a few minutes to open in the glass, but boy, is it worth the wait: it reveals pixelated red fruit (crushed strawberry and raspberry) and crushed stone, plus a hint of graphite emanating from the Cabernets. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly chalky tannin that frames pure black and red fruit infused with graphite and almost flint-like notes. This is one of the most mineral-driven VCCs that I have encountered in over 20 years, with dizzying precision on the finish. A very intellectual Pomerol, in the realm of the profound." (1/2019)

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Staff Reviews

  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This starts with effusive aromas of wild flowers and raspberries. The body is clean, tight, classy and effortless with precise layers of black cherry fruit and fine, tightly grained tannin on the graceful finish. This was beautifully balanced and easy to taste.
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    They always make great wine here. Only 5% CS in the field these days.A year of selection here. Incredible aromas of blackberry. Seamless and nearly perfect.
    Drink from 2020 to 2045


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