2018 Chateau Vieux Chateau Certan La Gravette de Certan

Year: 2018
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Vinous Media: 88-90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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"The 2018 La Gravette de Certan sample, the second wine of Vieux Château Certan, is tasted from a one-year old barrel. This year it contains no Cabernet Franc, just Merlot and the younger Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Matured in around 50% new oak, it has pretty brambly red fruit mixed with violet and blood orange aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, a little angular at the moment, chalky perhaps, with black pepper liberally sprinkled over the finish. This is a delightful Deuxième Vin to enjoy over the next decade. " (VM)

95 POINTS, Wow. I was very fortunate to be visiting Vieux Chateau Certan this morning and had the privilege to taste first Gravette De Certan 2018 (on the day of its release), second Vieux Chateau Certan 2019 barrel sample, and finally Vieux Chateau Certan 2018 sample bottled just two week prior. I will leave you to peruse the tasting notes from the various wine journalists for VCC, but the Gravette De Certan 2018 should not be considered a second wine because stand alone it is tremendous at a fifth of the price of the Grand Vin, VCC 2018.

The color is very dark ruby with an expressive nose of cassis and chocolate. On the palate it is very fruit forward and very rich with sufficient ripe sweet tannins to excite all the senses. Long finish. This is a serious wine to be cellared for quite some time. - Andy Lench, President & CEO of Bordeaux Wine Locators, July 2nd, 2020