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  • By John Kapon
    VCC and Le Pin, 1/11/2009 92 points

    (Vieux Chateau Certan) The 1949 Vieux Chateau Certan had a pretty, citrusy, almost waxy nose, a bit more spiny than the ’50. The palate was clean, almost too clean, possibly reconditioned. The finish was leathery, dry and long, enjoyable but somewhat stripped, and it too got metallic. Marshall felt it was ‘restrained and a tad dried out.’ I have had better bottles.
  • By John Kapon
    Top 100 Weekend, Year III, 1/3/2007 95 points

    (Vieux Chateau Certan) had a great, expansive nose full of olives, plum, earth and chocolate. The palate was round and rich with nice mineral flavors and definition. Rich, creamy and long with nice vim and vigor on the finish, the ’49 was a classy classic, although Greg found it ‘a touch astringent&r! squo;

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