Last June I wrote “It is kind of stupid to open any top Bordeaux at age 7.” I either didn’t learn the lesson or curiosity got the best of me once again. Pop and pour, very subdued nose displaying ripe black fruits, dust and mineral. With air, the nose opens up slightly, blackberry concentration (blackberry jam but it seems to carry a negative connotation for some), chocolate dipped cherry, espresso, caramel, and a hint of cedar and ash. Medium concentration, very polished and silky palate, nicely layered fruits, strong presence of mineral, bright acidity, very fine tannins and seamless long finish. The fruit is quite ripe but the bright acidity and sensual palate provide nice balance and purity. This is a classic polished Pomerol. This will require at least five more years still but more like ten. It reminds me a bit of Clos Rougeard with cedar, caramel and fine dust. Very promising but I highly recommend to cellar for another five years minimum.
During a guided tasting I hosted with a friend. Single blind. Medium-dark ruby with purple core. Discrete nose of cool blue fruit, autumn leaves, mint and herbs. Very closed on the palate with lots of tannins (ripe ones) but needs time. This will be a very complex Pomerol when ready. Wait till 2018. 94-95
Tasting at home. Still pretty young and slightly closed. Slightly muted aromatics of red fruits, but also some black currant, elderberries, some eucalyptus, some vegetal herbs notes, some vanilla too. It's medium-full bodied with medium-high acidity and still pretty high tannin. An excellent VCC that is still a little too young, but lots of potential here. (94+)
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(Vieux Chateau Certan Pomerol) This is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the highest proportion of the last of these three for some time. The nose is perfumed, layered, dense, but fresh and minerally. Creamy, rounded, sweet and aromatic on the palate, with power behind this first layer. Very floral, pretty, with bright acidity and wonderful depth and texture. Polished, silky tannins, multi-layered and direct, this is fabulous wine.
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